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Astros drop series finale, lose 3-2 to Angels

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The Astros couldn’t take advantage of opportunities and failed to sweep the Halos in a four-game series.

Despite overpowering the Angels throughout the whole series, the Astros couldn’t have it this time. On Friday night, their offense was pretty quiet against the Halos, and Houston lost the low-scoring game 3-2 failing to extend their winning streak to five games and to take advantage of Lance McCullers’ good pitching performance....

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Game 153 Thread. September 23, 2021, 8:38 CDT. Astros @ Angels

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Astros go for the sweep in Anaheim

Lance McCullers takes on Alex Cobb for the sweep.

The Astros only need a combination of three wins or three Seattle losses to clinch the division championship. Plus, The Astros are only 2.5 games behind Tampa Bay for first place in the entire AL.

The Astros have won four straight, and eight of their last ten games.

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2021 Minor League Season Recap Part 2: Super Young Guys at the A Level

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In Part 2 we’re looking at prospects who were significantly younger than the competition (Part 1 can be found here) These players are usually international signings or high school draftees who rocket through the system. Putting an extremely young player with older competition signals that the organization thinks highly of him. Back in 2013, the Astros put Rio Ruiz and Carlos Correa in Quad Cities to start the season, even though they were teenagers. In these...

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All-Star Astros closer Ryan Pressly reaches vesting threshold, guarantees 2022 salary

This now makes four consecutive seasons of elite work for Pressly, acquired by the Astros from the Twins in a deadline deal in 2018.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 23rd, 2021

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Watching the Astros clinch the division at Oakland sure would make for good TV this weekend

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Magic Number: 3

It took 12 innings and 4+ hours, but the Astros emerged victorious over the Angels last night and shaved their magic number to 3 (Astros.com) Yordan Alvarez was pulled late after lumbering around the bases, but...

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Astros Break Through in the 12th with Four Runs, Win 9-5 Over Angels

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The rookie outfielders come through again, bring magic number down to 3.

The only thing more exciting than this game...would be this game being played in the playoffs.

Up, down, up, down, sure to win, sure to lose, and finally, defensive heroics by rookie Chas McCormick, and the winning RBI single by rookie Jake Meyers, finally put the Astros on top.

The Astros got yet another early lead, this time on a 456 Yordan Alvarez home run in the first...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

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

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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

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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...

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Dan Martin

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

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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, as is a bWAR of 7.2.

Prior to last night’s game, when Correa broke 600 plate appearances for the year, 2016 was...

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Jimmy Price

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/Getty Images

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...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros Win Homer-fest in Anaheim 10-5

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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...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

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

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Jose Urquidy goes against a guy named Packy (Naughton)

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Cody Poage

Addressing Jose Siri’s Potential

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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...

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Astros Still Have Great Shot To Earn AL’s Top Seed

The Houston Astros are well on their way to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. At 89-61, the team has had a fantastic 2021 campaign. Houston has essentially already won the AL West division, but the club still has a lot to play for over the final couple of weeks of the regular season.

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21st, 2021

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This sport would be a lot less stressful if we just won every game 10-0

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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...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: September 20th

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 11: Jeremy Peña #89 of the Houston Astros throws to first base turning a double play during the spring training game against the New York Mets at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 11, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. | Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

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...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

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

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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.

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— 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...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

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

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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.

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Astros Select Seth Martinez

The Astros are selecting reliever Seth Martinez to the MLB roster, relays Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Peter Solomon has been optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land in a corresponding move.

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

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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.

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