1:39 AM EDT, Thu September 23, 2021
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Game 152 Thread. September 22, 2021, 8:38 CDT. Astros @ Angels

Game 152 Thread. September 22, 2021, 8:38 CDT. Astros @ Angels

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Luis Garcia tries to guarantee the Astros take this four game series against the Angels’ Janson Junk. (Is that the pitcher’s real name)
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Brooks Raley has Become a Weapon

Brooks Raley has Become a Weapon

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Is it better pitching, better luck, or a little of both? Is Brooks Raley an over-achiever or an under-achiever? He made a comeback last year with the Astros during the weird 2020 season. He hadn’t pitched in MLB since 2014, with a stint in the Korean League during that time, and his career was distinctly mediocre before then. His career ERA is 5.63. including his last two with the Astros. So his two seasons with the Astros, with ERAs of 4.95 and 4.73 respectively, represent a kind of over-achieving. But wait! If you look at advanced stats...
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If this is Carlos Correa’s last year in Houston, it looks to be his finest in an Astros uniform

If this is Carlos Correa’s last year in Houston, it looks to be his finest in an Astros uniform

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Astros shortstop turns 27 today, and the consistent health that had eluded him for years has remained intact in 2021, which has yielded a career season. Carlos Correa is set to cap off a career season. In terms of WAR, the Astros shortstop has never put together a better season. An fWAR of 5.5 is the high mark of his big-league tenure and a bWAR of 7.0 will soon supersede his 2016 WAR of the same figure. Prior to last night, when Correa broke 600 plate appearances for the year, 2016 was the only other time the former No. 1 overall pick...
16 hours ago
Astros Prospect Report: September 21st

Astros Prospect Report: September 21st

JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 20: Jeremy Pena #89 of the Houston Astros runs the base paths against the St. Louis Cardinals during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. | Photo by Michael Reaves/ See how the prospects performed last night The AAA affiliate is the only team in action left. See their results below. AAA: Sugar Land Skeeters (71-49) won 8-7 (BOX SCORE) Conine started and ran into some trouble early allowing 4 runs in the first, though there were also 3 errors. The Skeeters got one back in the...
Sep 22, 2021
Astros Win Homer-fest in Anaheim 10-5

Astros Win Homer-fest in Anaheim 10-5

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Tucker, Diaz, Altuve, and Maldonado bombs overpower Halos. Astros magic number down to 4 There were seven homers last night, four by the Astros, three by the Angels. But the Angels never threatened, losing by as much as 10 - 1 at one point. After a small comeback, the Halos settled for a 10-5 loss, as the Astros have taken the first two games of the series by large margins. The Astros opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-run Kyle Tucker homer followed immediately by an Aledmys Diaz solo shot. Part 1.#ForTheH...
Sep 21, 2021
Game 151 Thread. September 21, 2021, 8:38 CDT. Astros @ Angels

Game 151 Thread. September 21, 2021, 8:38 CDT. Astros @ Angels

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Jose Urquidy goes against a guy named Packy (Naughton)
Sep 21, 2021
Addressing Jose Siri’s Potential

Addressing Jose Siri’s Potential

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The Astros took a flier on the talented outfielder last offseason, whose future success may hinge on reigning in his free-swinging ways. Once a well-regarded outfield prospect in the Reds’ farm system as recently as 2019, Jose Siri found himself making his Major League debut with the Astros on September 3 of this year as a pinch-runner against the Padres. He wouldn’t take his first big league at-bat until the next day as a pinch-hitter. Both appearances were rather uneventful other than Siri being able to make the claim that he...
Sep 21, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21st, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21st, 2021

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports This sport would be a lot less stressful if we just won every game 10-0 Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Magic Number: 6 The Astros took another big step towards the AL West crown after thumping the Angels 10-0 last night, and Framber Valdez looked like he’s in postseason shape (Astros.com) It dropped the magic number to 6, but Dusty is letting reporters worry about the math that while the Astros just focus on winning...
Sep 21, 2021
Astros Prospect Report: September 20th

Astros Prospect Report: September 20th

Mar 16, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena (89) connects for a solo homerun in the 3rd inning of the spring training game against the New York Mets at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove | Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports See how the prospects performed last night The AAA affiliate is the only team in action left. See their results below. AAA: Sugar Land Skeeters (70-49) won 5-3 (BOX SCORE) Matijevic got the scoring started for the Skeeters crushing a 3 run HR to right, his 25th HR of the season. The Isotopes tied the game...
Sep 21, 2021
Valdez Shuts Down Angels. Siri, Maldonado Homers, Margo Slam Give Astros Crushing 10-0 Win in Anaheim

Valdez Shuts Down Angels. Siri, Maldonado Homers, Margo Slam Give Astros Crushing 10-0 Win in Anaheim

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Magic number now down to six as A’s lose to Seattle Framber Valdez shut the Angels out for seven innings tonight, allowing seven hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. The hits were mostly weak grounders, as Framber got 12 groundouts against only two flyouts. NSFW.#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/OwoWyr8gWj— Houston Astros (@astros) September 21, 2021 Meanwhile, for most of the game, Valdez pitched under duress, as the Astros made it a pitching duel, scoring only two runs during his stay on the mound. But a combined eight runs in the...
Sep 20, 2021
Game 150 Thread. September 20, 2021, 8:40 CDT. Astros @ Angels.

Game 150 Thread. September 20, 2021, 8:40 CDT. Astros @ Angels.

Play ball! | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Framber Valdez takes the mound hoping to take another digit off the magic number 8. The monster, Jose Siri, gets a start in RF and leads off for the Stros tonight, as Jose Altuve gets a rest. Marwin Gonzalez takes second.
Sep 20, 2021
2021 Minor League Season Recap Part 1: 2020 and 2021 Draftees

2021 Minor League Season Recap Part 1: 2020 and 2021 Draftees

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to Part 1 of the Minor League Recap, where we will look at a range of players in unconventional categories like “Super Young Guys in A / A+”. The draft was super exciting about a decade ago, when Luhnow was drafting guys like Correa and McCullers, two top-15 talents. The past two years the Astros have been stripped of higher picks. That misfortune, however, hasn’t kept the team from bringing some intriguing talent into the system. MLB / MILB made some interesting moves in 2020, one of which was scrapping “Short-Season A...
Sep 20, 2021
2021 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels

2021 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Angels

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The Astros (88-61, 1st in AL West) head out on what could be a decisive road trip starting with four against the Angels (72-77, 4th in AL West) Quick Notes The Angels welcome the Astros to town as they begin to wind down yet another disappointing season. In spite of the fact that they have two of the best players in the world on their team, Anaheim has not been able to put together more than one successful season in over a decade. A lot of that comes from the fact that the team has not really been able to assemble a winning pitching...
Sep 20, 2021
Zack Greinke’s abrupt regression is a problem for the Astros in more ways than one

Zack Greinke’s abrupt regression is a problem for the Astros in more ways than one

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports An unwavering commitment to the scuffling starter could come back to bite the Astros next month. Just a few weeks ago, only one time all year had Zack Greinke allowed five earned runs or more. Following yesterday’s start, he’s now allowed at least five earned in three consecutive starts. Sunday afternoon’s five-run outing against the Diamondbacks saw the crafty righty induce just two swinging strikes in his four innings of work. Three weeks ago, I wrote about how Greinke had been succeeding for much of the season despite being unable...
Sep 20, 2021
Astros Prospect Report: September 19th

Astros Prospect Report: September 19th

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 01: C.J. Hinojosa #60 of the Houston Astros throws towards first base during the first inning of the Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark on March 1, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Eric Espada/ See how the prospects performed last night Another day of minor league baseball is in the books and you can see all the Astros affiliates results below. AAA: Sugar Land Skeeters (69-49) lost 8-6 (BOX SCORE) Brown started for Sugar Land and struggled a bit allowing 3 runs in 3 innings. Mushinski...