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The Crawfish Boxes Feb 26, 2021
Feeling “a ton better” than last season, Yuli Gurriel will face a key year in his career

Feeling “a ton better” than last season, Yuli Gurriel will face a key year in his career

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The Astros need Gurriel at the top of his game this time and he needs the same to make them exercise his club option for 2022. Yuli Gurriel was one of the hitters that had an off year in 2020 for the Astros. After an acceptable first month of the shortened season, the Cuban fell off the earth and finished his regular campaign with a .232/.274/.384 slash line that made people wonder if it was a product of being 36 years old. However, right before the postseason, the Astros handed Gurriel a contract extension that he didn’t...
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 26, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: February 26th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 26th, 2021

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Just two more days before the sweet sound of Astros baseball comes through my radio again... 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 Brandon Bielak will get the ball for the Astros’ first ST game on Sunday, a game which will not be televised (Twitter - Jake Kaplan) The latest notes from ST have Yuli Gurriel looking to show how much he’s improved this offseason, and Aledmys Diaz hoping to get some time at SS (Astros.com) For the...
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 25, 2021
The Opportunity of a Lifetime for Myles Straw

The Opportunity of a Lifetime for Myles Straw

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Getting on-base is key for the center field favorite. For the Astros, the task of replacing George Springer, who recently departed for Toronto in free agency, is a mighty tall one. An impossible hurdle to clear in a single offseason, if ever. As good as this roster appears on paper, it is worse without one of the best players in franchise history. That is the cold, hard truth. One of the key storylines in Spring Training will be the competition for Springer’s old job as the club’s starting center fielder. For better or worse, the...
The Crawfish Boxes Feb 25, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: February 25th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: February 25th, 2021

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Running late today so please think of a clever line about the Astros and imagine I wrote it here. 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 Is Framber Valdez the new ace of the Astros? (Astros.com) All reports point to Altuve being ready to bring his A game this season (Astros.com) Yuli Gurriel came into camp 15 pounds lighter and ready to show his durability (The Athletic, $$$) If Correa (or anyone else for that matter) is looking for...
Climbing Tal's Hill Feb 25, 2021

Power Rankings: Astros rank below the Rays

On Sunday, MLB dot com released their power rankings heading into spring training. The expected Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees topped the list, but two other National League teams slipped into the top five: Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, who have made substantial upgrades this offseason but not as […] Power Rankings: Astros rank below the Rays - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More