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Astros: Straw, Valdez making cases to stay on roster

Myles Straw and Framber Valdez are making cases for permanent roster spots. The Astros will have a roster crunch on their hands once the litany of players returns from the injured list. Myles Straw and Framber Valdez are making the decisions more difficult with their impressive play thus far. It should be noted that Straw […] Astros: Straw, Valdez making cases to stay on roster - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 15, 2019

Astros: Alvarez continues onslaught, Armenteros has scoreless debut

The Astros’ “Express Train” rolls on. Yordan Alvarez continues to impress and Rogelio Armenteros tosses three scoreless innings in his debut appearance. As the Astros continue their winning ways with many key players still missing, the youngsters coming out of Round Rock are putting their talent on display. Alvarez has literally launched his career skyward […] Astros: Alvarez continues onslaught, Armenteros has scoreless debut - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 14, 2019

Astros Double-A Notes: Four Hooks named to All-Star team

Four members of the Corpus Christi Hooks have been named to the Texas League All-Star team. It’s a good day for four members of the Astros‘ Double-A affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks. Abraham Toro, Bryan Abreu, Colin McKee and Carlos Sanabria were named to the Texas League All-Star roster on Friday. Meanwhile, J.B. Bukauskas seems to […] Astros Double-A Notes: Four Hooks named to All-Star team - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 14, 2019

Astros: Justin Verlander moving up all-time leaderboards

The age-defying Justin Verlander continues to climb the ranks of the all-time greats. After a game in which the 36-year-old Justin Verlander set a career high with 15 strikeouts, it’s fair to wonder where the Astros ace sits on all-time leaderboards. It’s also fair to wonder just how far he can climb up those boards […] Astros: Justin Verlander moving up all-time leaderboards - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 13, 2019

Astros: Rogelio Armenteros called up, Derek Fisher sent down

The Houston Astros have promoted pitcher Rogelio Armenteros to the Majors and sent Derek Fisher back to Round Rock to make roster room. Armenteros is already on the Astros‘ 40-man roster and will be called upon to give the bullpen a much-needed break. Houston has been involved in five extra-inning games out of the last […] Astros: Rogelio Armenteros called up, Derek Fisher sent down - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 13, 2019

Astros: Once Altuve, Springer & Co. return, who stays and who goes?

The Astros will have some big decisions to make when Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and the rest of the injured return. As I discussed yesterday, the Astros currently have seven players on the 10-day Injured List. Altuve and Springer are nearing their return, with Max Stassi and Collin McHugh closely behind. Then, hopefully, […] Astros: Once Altuve, Springer & Co. return, who stays and who goes? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 12, 2019

Astros: Seth Beer advancing quickly through minor leagues

Houston Astros prospect Seth Beer is ascending quickly through the organization thanks to some impressive hitting. Is this the case of the rich getting richer? Astros 2018 first-round draft pick Seth Beer is chugging along (no pun intended) and continues to advance through the minor league system. One year after being drafted, he already finds […] Astros: Seth Beer advancing quickly through minor leagues - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 12, 2019

Astros: Injury updates on Altuve, Springer, Diaz, and McHugh

Astros’ stars Jose Altuve and George Springer are on the mend, Aledmys Diaz has a setback and Collin McHugh is hard at work, as they all strive to return. To put it mildly, the Astros have gone through a rough patch in recent weeks, when it comes to injuries. Counting Joe Smith, who started the […] Astros: Injury updates on Altuve, Springer, Diaz, and McHugh - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 11, 2019

Astros Triple-A Notes: Corbin Martin struggles, but bats prove mighty

Houston Astros prospect Corbin Martin had a difficult return to Triple-A, but the Round Rock Express offense put up some impressive numbers. After posting a 5.59 ERA in his five major league starts for the Astros, Corbin Martin made his way back to Round Rock and found some difficulty there as well. He surrendered four […] Astros Triple-A Notes: Corbin Martin struggles, but bats prove mighty - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 10, 2019

Astros’ Bregman, Springer, and Brantley among All-Star vote leaders

The latest AL All-Star voting results have six Astros currently eligible for the final “Starters Election” that will be held at the end of the month. The All-Star voting process has a twist this season. The current “Primary” ballot voting will end on June 21. The three players in each position, nine outfielders, with the […] Astros’ Bregman, Springer, and Brantley among All-Star vote leaders - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 10, 2019

Astros: The curious case of Gerrit Cole’s increased home run rate

Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole has struggled with the long ball this season. Coming off a top-five Cy Young Award finish in 2018 and entering his final year before free agency, big things are expected of Astros co-ace Gerrit Cole. While he in many ways looks like himself, his ERA sits nearly a run higher […] Astros: The curious case of Gerrit Cole’s increased home run rate - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 9, 2019

Astros: Alvarez homers, Guduan optioned & McHugh goes on 60-day IL

A busy day for the Astros! Collin McHugh goes on the 60-day IL and Reymin Guduan is optioned, making room for Yordan Alvarez, who homers in his second AB. The Houston Astros needed to make room for their newest member, Yordan Alvarez. Reymin Guduan was the odd man out this time, getting optioned back down to […] Astros: Alvarez homers, Guduan optioned & McHugh goes on 60-day IL - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 8, 2019

Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from the Minors

The Houston Astros are finally pulling the trigger and making the move everyone has been waiting for, their bringing Yordan Alvarez up to the Big Leagues. Alvarez has been having an extraordinary season with the Round Rock Express, the Astros AAA affiliate. Fans have been clamoring for the front office to promote him to the […] Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from the Minors - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 8, 2019

Houston Astros welcome back Cionel Perez to The Show

The Houston Astros gave Cionel Perez a reprieve from last years debut. This time around, he did not disappoint in his first appearance of the year. Standing at 5-11, the Cuban left-hander debuted last year for the Astros in a losing effort against the Athletics. Perez‘s 2018 was, speckled, to say the least. Some outings […] Houston Astros welcome back Cionel Perez to The Show - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Jun 8, 2019

Astros: Robinson Chirinos exceeding expectations

The Astros‘ shrewd signing of catcher Robinson Chirinos is paying dividends. When news broke in early December that the Astros had signed Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal, it was met with little fanfare. The catcher, who was 34 at the time, was coming off a season with the Rangers that was decent, but unspectacular. […] Astros: Robinson Chirinos exceeding expectations - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More