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SpikesnStars Jun 23, 2016

Astros Annihilate Angels

Astros home sweep leads to winning record. WP: Gregerson (2-1) L: Shoemaker (3-8) Save: Harris (6) Box Score Game Zone The 2nd place Astros waited until they were trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning before someone gave Wotan a wake up call and reminded him the Astros had a day game. He […]
SpikesnStars Jun 22, 2016

Hooraya for Correa!

June 21, 2016 Astros 3, Angels 2 W: Gregerson (1-1) L: Street (2-1) Game Zone Box score Win probability Let’s start with a nod to Colin McHugh, whose night looked like a disaster when he allowed the first three men to reach on an infield single, HBP, and a laser single by Trout.  But he buckled down and […]
SpikesnStars Jun 21, 2016

Astros tore up the Angels

Angels 7, Astros 10 W: Fister, L: Chacin, box score What a fun evening it was at Minute Maid Park on Monday night. The Astros bats found the ball and the ball found spots where the Angels weren’t. I do think Calhoun for the Angels had a bit of a rough night in RF and […]
SpikesnStars Jun 20, 2016

Angels @ Astros – Striving for .500

SERIES PREVIEW Angels @ Astros June 20-22, 2016 Things that have happened since the last series preview was posted: The fucking Rangers wasted no time in messing up my prediction that the Astros would not lose another series to them this year, and now they are running away with the goddamn league. The Astros are […]
Redleg Nation Jun 19, 2016

Reds v Astros – June 19, 2016

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? We got to see Cody Reed pitch, finally. Adam Duvall hit a homerun and struck out. The Reds lost in extra innings. And all was right with the world. Today, your Cincinnati Reds (27-42) finish up the series with the Houston Astros (33-36) in Minute Maid Park. No MLB …
SpikesnStars Jun 16, 2016

DM Archives #7: Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I hope it is a good one for you. FATHER’S DAY, PART 2 With Father’s Day just past, there has been renewed emphasis on the subject of the special role baseball plays in the relationship between a boy and his dad. Major League Baseball’s recent […]
SpikesnStars Jun 16, 2016

Astros Sweep Cards in St. Louis

Springer 8th inning homer lifts Astros past the Cardinals. WP: Sipp (1-2) LP: Siegrist (4-2) Save: Harris (5) Box Game Zone Adam Wainwright commercial A Damn Wayne Wright Commercial The game started as a pitcher’s duel between Adam Wainwright and Collin McHugh, in the end, neither factored in the decision. After the Cards took a […]
SpikesnStars Jun 15, 2016

Astros 1, Ashby 0

June 14, 2016 Astros 5, Cardinals 2 W: Fister (7-3) L: Garcia (4-6) S: Harris (4) Game Zone Box score Win Probability There were many factors in the Astros’ 5-2 victory over the hated Cardinals on Tuesday night – not the least of which were: Carlos Gomez donning eyeglasses, which may or may not be prescription wear, and proceeding to […]
DRaysBay Jun 10, 2016

Series Preview: Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays return to Tropicana Field after winning five of their last six games, salvaging their road trip with a 5-5 record. And they’ve returned to some good news: Logan Forsythe is ready to return! It’s not clear as of this writing whether he will be reactivated for tonight’s game, but we will surely see him back at second base this weekend. [Update: Forsythe has been activated and Franklin optioned back to the Durham Bulls]. The Astros enter the series 29-33 after dropping three of their last four games. Before the four game series against the Rangers, the Astros had won 11 of...
SpikesnStars Jun 10, 2016

DM Archives #6: Beach Culture

maggy and milly and molly and may went down to the beach(to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and milly befriended a stranded star whose rays five languid fingers were; and molly was chased by a horrible thing which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and may […]
SpikesnStars Jun 9, 2016

Astros v Rangers Series

Monday’s Nightmare Astros 5, Rangers 6 W: Dyson, L: Giles box So, I’m working a flex schedule for the summer and Monday was my first day off. It started out great, I went to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion box office to get tickets for Jim Gaffigan and met a friend for lunch. So, I […]
SpikesnStars Jun 9, 2016

Astros Finally Beat the Rangers in a Baseball Game

Astros win in Arlington for first time ever in a long time. WP: Doug Fister (6-3) LP Tom Wilhemsen (2-3) Save: Will Harris (2) Yu Darvish started but didn’t make it to the sixth inning, his shoulder was tight. Aw. Later Adrian Beltre, limped off the field with a sore hammy. “Stinky” didn’t assault anybody. […]
SpikesnStars Jun 6, 2016

Astros @ Rangers – Chicken Shit for the Soul

SERIES PREVIEW Astros @ Rangers June 6-9, 2016 A potent case of writer’s block will prevent me from being any more creative with this preview, but maybe that’s not absolutely necessary.  After all, just a healthy dose of “fuck the Rangers” would be enough to pacify the locals. No, today, I’ll simply be making a […]
SpikesnStars Jun 5, 2016

Broom Goes the Dynamite

June 5, 2016 Astros 5, Athletics 2 W – McCullers (3-1) L – Dull (1-1) S – Harris (1) Box Score GameZone thread Another sweep in the books and sole possession of third place in the division.  The only way this weekend could have possibly gone better is if the Mariners had taken just one […]
SpikesnStars Jun 5, 2016

Opening at Closer, Inquire Within

June 4, 2016 Astros 6, Athletics 5 (12 innings) W – Feldman (3-3) L – Madson (2-2) Box Score GameZone thread There are always some positives to come out of an extra inning win, so let’s hit those first. The team has gotten really good at bouncing back from adversity lately.  The A’s loaded the […]
SpikesnStars Jun 3, 2016

This One Goes to 12

June 3, 2016 Astros 12, Athletics 2 W – Fister (5-3) L – Hahn (2-3) Box Score GameZone thread This one barely got off the ground before it was over.  The Astros sent 12 hitters to the plate in a 7-run 1st inning that put the game away quickly.  A’s starter Jesse Hahn got the […]
SpikesnStars Jun 3, 2016

Athletics @ Astros – Unclogging the AL West’s Sewer

SERIES PREVIEW Percentage-Point Lead @ Get the Hell Outta Our Way June 3-5, 2016 I like math.  I know the thought of complex math makes people want to rinse their eyes out with a household cleaner of some sort, but before you reach for the bleach (as an aside, “Reach for the Bleach” would be […]
SpikesnStars Jun 3, 2016

DM Archives #5: Sally Can’t Dance

She was the first girl in the neighborhood To wear tied-dyed pants, like she should She was the first girl that I’ve ever seen That had flowers painted on her jeans Time for another excavation from the archives, this time a story about a girl who got away. She is never coming back. SALLY […]
SpikesnStars Jun 2, 2016

No sweep for you!

June 2, 2016 Diamondbacks 3, Astros 0 W: Greinke (7-3) L: Keuchel (3-7) S: Ziegler (10) Game Zone Box score Win probability Sorry, Dallas.  You made one mistake, and that was the ballgame. Keuchel looked like the MMP Keuchel of old, cruising through 6 scoreless innings.  But then a leadoff single in the 7th, followed by a hanger that was […]
SpikesnStars Jun 2, 2016

Astros Handle the Snakes

Springer’s 11th inning walk-off homer leads Astros to victory over the Diamondbacks. WP: Michael Feliz (4-0) LP: Tyler Clippard (2-2) Box Score Game Zone Luke Gregerson might have suffered a snakebite trying to pickup his 14 save of the season but the venom didn’t have any effect on Pat Neshek or Michael Feliz. Neshek came in to finish the ninth with […]

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