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Game Recap: Astros hold off Tigers’ late comeback in 5-4 game

Game Recap: Astros hold off Tigers’ late comeback in 5-4 game

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Astros put up four in the first, but then the bats went quiet; thankfully, the pitching held. Baseball is a weird game, where sometimes even the best team can fall to the worst teams on any given day. The Tigers (.303 winning percentage) are certainly the latter right now, and the Astros (.635) are arguably the former, but in a slow Monday night game, Houston put up a big first inning, and managed to fend off a Detroit comeback attempt to force the expected outcome, 5-4. It looked like things might be off to a rough start. Detroit led off the game...
7 hours ago
Game Thread 127, August 19th, 2019, 7:10 CDT. Tigers vs Astros.

Game Thread 127, August 19th, 2019, 7:10 CDT. Tigers vs Astros.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Astros are back home at long last. Wade Miley sets out to start a new winning streak at MMP. Join the discussion. Rough road trip, but it ended with a victory amidst the noise and drumbeats in Oakland. How can the locals stand playing half their games there? Greinke was Greinke, and Bregman won it with his 30th homer. Hopefully the Astros are ready to turn this month around. Wade Miley takes the mound at home against the last place, yes in all of baseball, Detroit Tigers. Edwin Jackson is his mound opponent. My money is on the Astros tonight Here’s...
12 hours ago
Wade Miley and the Famous Guys: New t-shirt by Breaking T

Wade Miley and the Famous Guys: New t-shirt by Breaking T

Cause everyone loves the underdog Where’d this guy come from? Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Well that’s Wade Miley, and he’s one of the good folks from Hammond Louisiana. Grew up in a country town near the bayou. His dad was a diesel mechanic. When he came to the Astros this year, no one expected such big time performance from such a humble man. But already, in mid-August he has 11 wins, and a sparkling 3.11 ERA. Even in a galaxy of pitching stars, Verlander, Cole, Greinke, you can see this man of the people shining bright. He may not be one of the famous...
15 hours ago
Astros Top Prospect Report: 8/12- 8/18

Astros Top Prospect Report: 8/12- 8/18

Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Bielak (87) poses for a photo at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  | Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports A brief look at how the Astros top 30 prospects are performing this season. Here is your weekly look at how the Astros top prospects are performing. I will be using my top 30 prospects found here. 1. Forrest Whitley, RHP (AA) This Week: 1 G, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K 2019 Season Stats: 15 G, 9.13 ERA, 47.1 IP, 50 H, 48 ER, 35 BB, 66 K 2. Kyle Tucker, OF (AAA) This Week: 6 G, .286 BA (6-for-21), 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB 2019 Season Stats: 113 G, .268...
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2019 Series Preview #41: Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros

2019 Series Preview #41: Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Astros (79-46, 1st in AL West) return to Houston for some home cooking with four against the Tigers (37-84, 5th in AL Central) Recency Bias Tigers The Tigers have been in a tailspin for the second half of the season, going 9-27 since the All Star Break. A big problem has been a lack of momentum as they have only managed to win back-to-back games once during that time. Detroit has also seen three separate losing streaks of five games or more in the second half. They’ve been real bad is what I’m trying to say here. The Tigers have really had...
17 hours ago
Astros Prospect Report: August 18th, 2019

Astros Prospect Report: August 18th, 2019

Lorenzo Quintana #76 of the Houston Astros poses for a portrait during photo days at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on February 19, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Rob Carr/ See how the prospects performed last night! Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below. AAA: Round Rock Express (75-49) lost 14-11 (BOX SCORE) Note: Straw is hitting .379 with 11 RBI in 13 games in August. Myles Straw, CF: 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB Abraham Toro, 3B: 2-for-6, R, 2B Jack Mayfield, 2B: 1-for-2, RBI Nick Tanielu, 1B: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B Chas McCormick,...
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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 19th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: August 19th, 2019

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News The Astros finally pinged the win column again as they took the finale against the A’s 4-1 (Houston Chronicle)The game also featured Zack Greinke’s 200th win, making him the third active pitcher to hit that mark (House of Houston)Aledmys Diaz has been placed on the IL after an overnight stay in the hospital due to dizziness (ESPN)But there is some good injury news as it seems that Cole will make his next start this week (Houston...
Aug 19, 2019
Open Forum: What to do about Josh Reddick? Or how I learned to stop worrying and love Kyle Tucker.

Open Forum: What to do about Josh Reddick? Or how I learned to stop worrying and love Kyle Tucker.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Josh Reddick is hurting the Astros’ offense. Is there an alternative? The Astros have the best hitting, but don’t score the most runs By some measures, the Astros are the best hitting team in baseball. Like the 2017 team, they may end up in consideration as one of the best hitting teams of all time. In wRC+ the Astros are blowing away the rest of the league. Their 122 rating means they are 22% better at hitting than the average team in baseball right now. The next best team is the Yankees at 116. For comparison purposes, the 1927 Ruth, Gehrig, Yankees had...
Aug 18, 2019
Zack Greinke and Alex Bregman put Astros back on track. Take finale 4-1 over A’s

Zack Greinke and Alex Bregman put Astros back on track. Take finale 4-1 over A’s

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Astros finish tough road trip on winning note thanks to Greinke’s 200th career win. Head home for game Monday. Our long Astros fan nightmare is over. After losing five straight and six of seven, our boys are back on track. Today Zack Greinke looked like he has finally settled in as an Astro, and showed why the team traded such valuable future assets to obtain his services. He was the stopper today, pitching seven innings, allowing only four hits, with six strikeouts. The only damage done was the solo home run by Marcus Semien in the fourth inning. He does...
Aug 18, 2019
Game Thread 126, August 18, 2019, 3:07 CDT, Astros vs A’s

Game Thread 126, August 18, 2019, 3:07 CDT, Astros vs A’s

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Astros try to avoid a sweep behind Zack Greinke. Join the discussion. Rogelio Armenteros was optioned back to AAA last night after he fulfilled his duty, filling in for injured starter Gerrit Cole. He ate four innings, allowing five runs, but there was a dose of bad luck mixed in those five runs. The Astros went on to lose last night 8-4, despite to homers by ROYdan. Today Brad Peacock returns from IL, presumably in the role of relief pitcher for now. Today Zack Greinke gets his third start as an Astro. Now is the time for him to show stopper stuff, as the...
Aug 18, 2019
Astros Prospect Report: August 17th, 2019

Astros Prospect Report: August 17th, 2019

Brandon Bielak #87 of the Houston Astros throws the ball against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at The Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 14, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Joel Auerbach/ See how the prospects performed last night! Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below. AAA: Round Rock Express (75-48) won 2-0 (BOX SCORE) Note: Bielak has a 3.39 ERA over his last 10 outings (57 K in 61 IP). Myles Straw, CF: 1-for-4, SB Jack Mayfield, SS: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI Kyle Tucker, 1B: 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB Drew Ferguson,...
Aug 17, 2019
Game Recap: Astros drop a third straight to the A’s, 8-4

Game Recap: Astros drop a third straight to the A’s, 8-4

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Yordan’s two homers aren’t enough to overcome two big innings from the Oakland offense Yordan Álvarez had a big day after last night’s thirteen-inning loss, but a lot of stranded baserunners by the lineup and inning-long melt-downs by Rogelio Armenteros and Chris Devenski sunk the Astros’ chances at a bounceback win. Final score: Oakland 8, Houston 4. Things looked like they were off to a promising start against Chris Bassitt. as George Springer and Michael Brantley both singled and Alex Bregman walked, giving the Astros a bases loaded, one out...
Aug 17, 2019
Game Thread 125, Aug 17th , 2019, 3:05 CDT, Astros vs A’s.

Game Thread 125, Aug 17th , 2019, 3:05 CDT, Astros vs A’s.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports The Astros lost in extra innings this morning and are now in a four-game losing streak. Can Rogelio Armenteros turn it around? Join the discussion? It’s the dog days on the road for the Astros right now. Just when we thought their moves at the trade deadline had made them invincible, they are currently in a four-game losing streak, and have lost five of the last six games. Last night was particularly painful, a walk-off loss in the 13th inning to today’s foe, the A’s. The Astros are currently 3.5 games behind the Yankees for home field advantage in the...
Aug 17, 2019
Podcast: Bilbos talks Jake Marisnick, the Angels, and the non-violence principle with OSIP

Podcast: Bilbos talks Jake Marisnick, the Angels, and the non-violence principle with OSIP

Angels relief pitcher Noe Ramirez (24) reacts toward the Houston Astros bench during the sixth inning after center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) was hit by pitch at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  | Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Interview with organization, Outstanding Sportsmanship is Paramount, regarding the incident last month in which Jake Marisnick averted a brawl with the Angels in Anaheim. Last July, you may remember the issue of Jake Marisnick and his collision with Angels catcher Jonathon Lucroy. Although most observers believed the collision was unintentional, it did cause serious...
Aug 17, 2019
Fanpulse Asks: Did MLB intentionally “juice” the ball this season

Fanpulse Asks: Did MLB intentionally “juice” the ball this season

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Two to one say yes. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Astros fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Astros fans again continue to show support of the direction of the team and confidence in the manager. In the national poll, fans were asked if they believed MLB had intentionally juiced the ball, meaning, of course, that the ball has more action. Results below.