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2021 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles

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The Astros (43-28, t-1st in AL West) take the show on the road starting with three against the Orioles (23-48, 5th in AL East)

Quick Notes

The Astros head to Baltimore to face one of the worst teams in the sport, a distinction that the Orioles have held for several years now. Already in the midst of yet another lost season, Baltimore is 19.5 games back from the first place Red Sox, which might as well be a million with how poorly the O’s have...

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With the season nearly halfway over, the Astros’ decision to lowball Carlos Correa looks even worse

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As it turns out, betting against a premier talent isn’t smart.

The Astros seemed to make a calculated decision three months ago when the club did not make a serious attempt to extend Carlos Correa. Whatever the top brass’s reasoning was at the time, they were ostensibly content with letting their All-Star shortstop walk next winter if he did not sign an extremely team-friendly contract.

Now, owner Jim Crane and general manager James Click are at...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 21st, 2021

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The Astros are in 1st place by .003 percentage points, which is good enough for me to laugh and point at A’s fans

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 The Astros love their dads the most after completing the sweep of the White Sox and winning their seventh straight game (Astros.com) Fans were classy with Keuchel in that game, giving him a standing...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Top Prospect Report: 6/14 - 6/20

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Korey Lee #87 of the Houston Astros poses during Photo Day at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

A quick look at how the top prospects performed last week

Here is your weekly look at how the Astros top prospects are performing. I will be using my top 30 prospects, updated with graduated players off the list. A new top 30 will be...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 20th

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 18: Jake Meyers #93 of the Houston Astros catches a fly ball in the right field during Summer Workouts at Minute Maid Park on July 18, 2020 in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

See how the prospects performed last night

AAA: Sugar Land Skeeters (24-15) won 24-15 (BOX SCORE)

The Skeeters got rolling early getting 2 run homers in the first from Meyers and De La Cruz. They got 2 more runs in the third on a Matijevic 2 run double. They picked up 4...

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Juan Páez

Sweet sweep! Hitters come together en route to FIRST PLACE and seventh straight W

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On Father’s Day, the Astros proved to be the White Sox’s daddy.

We dare you to name the hottest team in baseball. What? Did you just say the Astros? HECK, YEAH! The ‘Stros’ offense came alive once again on Father’s Day, this time to beat the White Sox 8-2 and seal a four-game series sweep in Minute Maid Park. This was Houston’s seventh consecutive victory, enough to tie the Oakland Athletics in the AL West first place!

Just like in two of the...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 71 Thread. June 20, 2021, 1:10 CDT. White Sox @ Astros

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Former Astros ace Dallas Keuchel faces his former team for the first time. World Champion teammate Lance McCullers is his mound opponent.

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Juan Páez

The Astros should go after some Marlins’ relievers before the trade deadline

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Dylan Floro, Yimi García, Richard Bleier, and John Curtiss are attractive pieces that would address Houston’s needs.

The Astros desperately need bullpen help. Right now, the reliever staff is their biggest weakness heading into the season’s half, and even though they’re hot right now with a six-game winning streak, things get tougher as the regular campaign goes on. On the other side, in the National League, the Marlins might be in a position to...

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Astros' Alex Bregman: 'No timetable' for return from quad strain

A left quad strain sent Alex Bregman to the 10-day injured list on Thursday, but the Astros star isn’t yet sure exactly when he’ll be back on the field.

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 19th

 Jake Meyers #97 of the Houston Astros poses during Photo Day at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday, February 25, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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 (23-15) lost 15-2 (BOX SCORE)

Hartman got the start and allowed 5 runs over 2.2 innings. He was...

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Juan Páez

Framber Valdez, Robel García lift Astros over White Sox for sixth straight win

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The Astros are now 42-28 and have won 15 of their last 19 games.

Framber did it again! On Saturday night, the Astros captured their sixth consecutive win as they defeated the White Sox on a 7-3 score, thanks in part to another wonderful performance by Valdez. Offensively, Robel García impersonated absent Alex Bregman with a key, bases-clearing hit in the third inning to cap a rally of four runs.

The Robel García Game.

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 70 Thread. June 19, 2021, 6:15 CDT. White Sox @ Astros

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Lance Lynn faces Astros ace Framber Valdez.

Happy Juneteenth.

Last night was a pitching duel that ended in a walk-off 2-1 win for the Astros. Tonight promises to be another pitcher’s duel, as Lance Lynn, ERA 1.51, faces Framber Valdez, ERA 1.42.

The A’s lost today to the Yankees, 7-5. With a win today the Astros will be only one game behind the A’s.

Here’s the lineup.

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Game 3: Saturday, June 19th @ 6:15 pm CDT

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 18th

MESA, AZ - OCTOBER 19: J.J. Matijevic #10 of the Peoria Javelinas at bat against the Mesa Solar Sox at Sloan Park on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. | Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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 (23-14) won 10-3 (BOX SCORE)

The Skeeters started out hot scoring 4 runs in the first on a Meyers solo...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Yordan Alvarez Walks One Off. Astros Take Pitchers Duel Over Chi-Sox, 2-1

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RBI double in bottom of the ninth brings home second win against the White Sox.

One prominent sports outlet predicted that the red-hot Astros would figure out Carlos Rodon, perhaps the best pitcher in the AL.

They were wrong.

The Astros could barely touch him. He gave up only three hits in seven innings, and the one run the Astros scored Rodon uncharacteristically walked in.

But the White Sox could do little better themselves against rookie Astros starter Luis...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 69 Thread. June 18, 2021, 7:10 CDT. White Sox @ Astros

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Sox ace Carlos Rodon faces Astros rookie phenom Luis Garcia. Can the Astros break the record with 11 straight multi-homer games?

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Stock Report 2021: Volume 2

Joe Perez is off to a hot start in 2021! | Joe Dwyer

See which prospects has seen their stock rise or fall

Just like the stock market, prospects’ stock will go up and down throughout the season. Here is the Astros Prospect Stock Report: Volume 2.

Disclaimer - Being on the stock down part of this list does not necessarily mean the player is a bad prospect. More just noting the rough patch they are experiencing this season.

Previous Stock Reports:

Volume 1

? Stock Up ? Hitter - Joe...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 18th, 2021

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I don’t think I can ever go back to non-multi-homer games

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 The Astros continued their recent power surge last night, slugging 3 more homers and taking the opening game of the White Sox series (Astros.com) Abraham Toro should have a chance to step up and show the Astros what he can do now that Bregman is on the...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 17th

MARCH 07: Bryan De La Cruz #94 of the Houston Astros in action against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training baseball game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 7, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-1. | Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

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 (22-14) won 8-5 (BOX...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros Bats Continue Demolition of AL. Clobber White Sox 10-2

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Three homers last night and nine in the last two games.

The Astros took out yet another can of whup-ass on an AL opponent, tonight battering the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 10-2. Although only getting eight hits, the big blows were three long-balls, one each courtesy of Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, and Abraham Toro, replacing the injured Alex Bregman.

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was sharp yet again, limiting the Sox to two runs in seven innings,...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 68 Thread. June 17, 2021, 7:10 CDT. White Sox @ Astros

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Jose Urquidy takes on Dylan Crease in the first of four against AL Central leading Chicago at MMP

For more on this game and the series with the Sox, check out ckuno’s excellent analysis HERE.

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