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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...

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Jimmy Price

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...

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2019 Series Preview #41: Detroit Tigers @ Houston Astros

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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...

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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/Getty Images

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...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 19th, 2019

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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...

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

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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....

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Watch: Zack Greinke had great reaction to Carlos Correa's cannon throw

Zack Greinke is only in his third week as a member of the Houston Astros, so some things about the team are still surprising him. The six-time All-Star started on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics and covered first base in the seventh inning to record the putout on a 3-6-1 double play. The return throw from shortstop Carlos Correa came in hot, appearing to catch Greinke off-guard and leading to this great reaction from him. Greinke would go on to earn the win, as the Astros came out on...

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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...

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

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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...

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Astros place shortstop Aledmys Diaz on IL, activate pitcher Brad Peacock

The Astros have placed infielder Aledmys Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.  The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan reports that pitcher Cy Sneed has been recalled to replace Diaz on the roster, and pitcher Brad Peacock has also been activated from the injured list. While there’s no official diagnosis for Diaz, Rome reports (via Twitter) Diaz, 29, was hospitalized after experiencing severe dizziness and lightheadedness on the bus to the...

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Jimmy Price

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/Getty Images

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...

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

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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...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Astros Prospect Report: August 16th, 2019

ack Mayfield #9 of the Houston Astros at bat in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners during their game at T-Mobile Park on June 03, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. | Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

See how the prospects performed last night!

Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below.

AAA: Round Rock Express (74-48) won 13-3 (BOX SCORE)

Note: Tucker is hitting .378 with 13 RBI over his last 10 games.

Myles Straw, SS: 0-for-4, R, BB Abraham Toro,...

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Astros Crawfish Potluck: August 17th, 2019

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Start your weekend by telling us the best Astros links around

Welp, the Astros are officially on a losing streak after losing 4 in a row to Chicago and the A’s. While you know that the tools are there for them to bounce back, and they will bounce back, it’s always disheartening watching your favorite team go through a slump. Let’s hope they can shower it off, get back out there, and bring home a series split over the next couple of days.

Until then...

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Astros lose to A’s in bottom of 13th, 3-2

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Former Astro Robbie Grossman hits walk-off single

The Astros lost for the fourth consecutive game this morning, about 1:15 AM CDT, and fell for the firth time in the last six games. These have been mostly heartbreaking losses; the ninth inning two-run, game-winning homer by Baltimore last Sunday; the eighth inning grand slam by the White Sox; the one run loss Thursday night in Oakland. Tonight, the Astros’ already exhausted bullpen endured until the 13th...

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Game Thread 124, Aug. 16th, 2019, 9:07 CDT. Astros vs. A’s

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Justin Verlander comes to save the day. Join the discussion.

It’s been a bit of a rough patch for the Astros of late. They had to play three games in Chicago in the course of 18 hours. Their scheduled starter in one of them, Gerrit Cole, couldn’t go, and then the Stros had to fly to Oakland. They are on a mini three game losing streak, losing the last two in Chicago and a bomb fest in Oakland last night. Both teams crushed four home runs each, but the...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: August 15th, 2019

Houston Astros shortstop Myles Straw (26) hits a sacrifice bunt to pitcher in the bottom of the fifth inning during the baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros on July 24, 2019 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas | Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

See how the prospects performed last night!

Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below.

AAA: Round Rock Express (73-48) won 5-3 (BOX SCORE)

Note: Straw is...

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