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Astros suspend workouts due to possible COVID-19 exposure

The Astros discovered that a member of their staff might have come in direct contact with a person who has the coronavirus. As a result, the club canceled its scheduled workout on Saturday in an abundance of caution.

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Houston Astros suspend workouts due to possible COVID-19 exposure

The 2020 MLB season is right around the corner with Opening Day set for July 23, but another setback could jeopardize it all. For the second time since spring training began, the Houston Astros have suspended another workout due to COVID-19.

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Quick Hits: Round Numbers, Red Sox Rotation, Astros Cancel Workout

If there’s something fans and baseball players can agree on, it’s a love of round numbers. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic-shortened seasons, many of baseball’s legendary Latino contemporaries may have to put away their obsession with certain benchmarks, writes ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.

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Zack Greinke does not seem thrilled about universal DH

Greinke, a career .225 hitter, is “disappointed” that he might not be able to bat this season.

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Brent Strom: Building a Better Pitcher

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He’s taken castoffs on the waiver wire and turned them into All-Stars. He’s taken All-Stars and turned them into MVP candidates.

The astounding improvement in performance that pitchers in the Astros system see is largely credited to the work of pitching coach Brent Strom. Collected here are Hebrew Hammmer’s (Brian Cohn) pieces, analyzing and detailing what he dubs “The Brent Strom Magic Method.”

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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 10th, 2020

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Astros News The Astros’ intrasquad game yesterday saw the debut of some new mechanics by Verlander, who was absolutely filthy (Astros.com) Here’s a deeper look at why Verlander adjusted his mechanics in the offseason (The Athletic, $$$) Yesterday’s game ended on...

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Brent Strom’s Go-To: An Interview with Perry Husband

Talking to the leading industry expert in all things pitching and the godfather of EV!

Today, I’m excited to announce that I had the opportunity to pick the brain of the one and only Perry Husband. For those of you who don’t know him, the shortest introduction I can give is that Brent Strom referred to him not only as his #1 pitching consultant go-to, but also acknowledged while the Astros front office is advanced, Perry is truly the bleeding edge for pitching.

So what is it about...

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Peak Nolan Ryan and Norm Cash's comedy act

Nolan Ryan was so challenging to hit against even the game’s greatest hitters rarely relished facing him. “I’ve never been afraid at the plate,” Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson said, “but Mr.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 9th, 2020

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Astros News Verlander and McCullers will square up in a simulated game as Astros camp continues (Astros.com) Bregman may not be there though as he has had to sit out while he waits for delayed results from his COVID test (Sports Radio 610) Which may be part of why Michael Brantley...

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Why Astros fans should be excited about these potential breakout players?

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In Forrest Whitley, Abraham Toro, and Kyle Tucker, the Astros can have three very productive players for the long run.

The 2020 MLB regular season will clearly be a peculiar one. Every game will count triple and everybody will have a chance to make it to the postseason. One bad week can make your chances disappear, so every team will need to get full support from all their players from Day 1.

It’s true the Astros have a great lineup and a strong rotation that...

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Encouraging Lance McCullers facts in case you forgot what he can do

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Even though the young righty hasn’t pitched since 2018, he’s the center of high expectations in the foreseeable future.

Finally, Lance McCullers Jr. is back from Tommy John surgery and is ready to claim a rotation spot behind Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke. He missed the entire 2019 season, but the Astros will have his talent back during this upcoming, shortened campaign.

In case you forgot what he’s made of, we brought you some encouraging facts/stats...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 8th, 2020

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Astros News Notes from camp include Verlander and Greinke throwing bullpens while James Click hunts for exhibition game opponents (Sports Radio 610) The Astros’ rotation is a bit of a question mark at the moment as two of five possible members have yet to report...

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Astros Cancel Monday Workouts Due To Testing Delays

At this point, it seems that the logistical challenges in mass testing are greater than MLB had anticipated.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 7th, 2020

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Astros News The Astros’ 2020 schedule has been released and everyone is making hay over the fact that they face the Dodgers this season (Astros.com) But there is something still lacking from the schedule this year (House of Houston) The Astros wanted earlier West Coast...

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The Legality of Intentional Hit By Pitches

As we move closer to baseball actually returning, there’s a topic that I’d like to visit. I’m sure you guys have seen quite a few players, reporters, betting sites and fans calling for the Astros to be thrown at this year. Some of these were thinly veiled innuendo, others were direct statements. Here are just a few:

It's set pic.twitter.com/XcoEznSOhh

— br_betting (@br_betting) February 17, 2020

Keep it coming baby pic.twitter.com/q4CDzM3RZy

— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs)...

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The Short Season is a Net Positive for the Astros

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Here are some pros and cons There will be a baseball season, it seems At least as things stand now, baseball should resume July 23rd, The schedule was released yesterday and the Astros begin July 24th against the Mariners.

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Carlos Correa asks wife to restrict beauty salon visits for hair and nails

The pandemic has meant that the players, such as Carlos Correa, aren't the only ones who have to give up something to keep risk levels low.

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The Strom List: Part 1

Taking a deeper look at Brent Strom’s “Go-To” Experts!

Recently, when watching Brent Strom’s zoom video, he provided a list of the names of industry experts that he called his go-to resources. I figured, we would take a quick look at each of the names, if I can find details about them and any theories they’ve advocated for. I figure this would be a great resource for those interested in getting into the mind of the one and only Brent Strom - but also for aspiring coaches. Strom...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 6th, 2020

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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 McCullers and Devo got some work in during a simulated game on Saturday (Astros.com) And it really looks as though McCullers is recovered from his TJS and ready to toss again (The Athletic, $$$) But the Astros are a little shorthanded at the moment with...

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Where does José Altuve rank among top second basemen from the last 50 years?

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The 2017 AL MVP winner is climbing up to the best of the best in second base. Based on his rhythm, he should finish his career atop almost every offensive department.

When you go to Baseball-Reference / Stathead and search for the best players as second basemen in the last 50 years, you will find plenty of legends in the results: Roberto Alomar, Lou Whitaker, Joe Morgan, Jeff Kent, Craig Biggio... and if you keep looking at it, you will find José Altuve...

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