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Alex Bregman had great reaction to his big Game 2 home run

Alex Bregman had a great reaction to his big home run to tie Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night at 2-2 in the first inning. Bregman smacked a two-run homer off Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg and looked straight into his dugout as if he were sending a message to his teammates. Bregman hadn’t homered in the postseason since Game 2 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays prior to that dinger. He said after Tuesday’s Game 1 loss that he had been “terrible.”...

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Watch: Astros' Alex Bregman breaks out of slump with game-tying HR

The Houston Astros are somewhat up against it as they look to even the World Series against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Already down 2-0 after Justin Verlander gave up two runs in the top of the first, Houston needed someone to step up. That came in the form of AL MVP candidate Alex Bregman, who has struggled throughout the entire playoffs. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Bregman took Stephen Strasburg deep for a two-run blast to even the game. As you can...

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World Series Game 2 Thread: October 23rd, 2019. 7:07 CDT. Nationals vs. Astros

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Down 1-0 in the WS, can Justin Verlander best Stephen Strasburg and get the Astros back on track? Join the discussion.

A lot of what ifs last night. What if Brantley could have played the wall better and caught what became a two-run double?

What if the catcher interference had been called on Josh Reddick?

What if Michael Brantley had sprinted on Yuli Gurriel’s bloop double and scored?

What if Springer had sprinted on his double that should have been a...

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Rob Manfred 'Concerned' About 'Underlying Substance' of Brandon Taubman Tirade

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred commented for the first time on the actions of Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman following the team's American League Championship Series victory over the New York Yankees ...

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Yankees reportedly expected to pursue Gerrit Cole, though it may be long shot

After a 2018 offseason that saw them largely sit out the open market auctions for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, it appears as if the Yankees will take a more active role in pursuing a top free agent in the 2019 offseason. According to Andy Martino of SNY.tv, major league sources have indicated that New York is expected to pursue Astros ace Gerrit Cole this winter. The Yankees-Cole connection is a longstanding one. It was Yankees GM Brian Cashman, after all, who almost landed Cole from...

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AJ Hinch spoke with George Springer about lack of hustle on double

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch says he spoke with George Springer about the slugger’s lack of hustle on a double in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Springer hit a deep ball to right-center that brought in Kyle Tucker from second to make it a 5-4 game. Springer pimped the hit and didn’t start running hard until he reached first base, potentially costing himself a shot at making it to third. That proved costly as he may have been able to score the tying...

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The Taubman Controversy is a PR Disaster of the Astros’ Own Making

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I love this team but how could they have gotten it so wrong?

I can’t believe this is what we’re doing now.

After working so hard all year to make it to the World Series, the Astros organization is currently dealing with a swirling windstorm of chaos thanks to one front office exec’s outburst. I’m sure that most everyone here has seen the reports, but for those who haven’t I’ll give a brief recap. Buckle up, because it’s about to get...

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Strategic Questions for Game 2

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There are general questions (will Bregman break out?) and strategic questions. Who really knows the answer to the former? Here are some of the latter questions to consider:

Will the Astros use the same patient approach with Strasburg? The Astros got to the Nats bullpen in the 6th, but the Corbin bridge was just enough. Corbin won’t pitch tonight. What’s the strategy to get to Hudson/Doolittle? If the Astros get down 2-0 early, will Altuve and co. try to...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

World Series Game 2 Preview. Nationals vs Astros

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It’s a new day, it’s a new game.

Well, if anyone took the Nationals lightly before last night, they have to be stubborn mules if they still do so this morning.

Is Juan Soto the next Willie Mays? The next Ken Griffey Jr.? The next Barry Bonds? The next Mike Trout? Wait, none of those guys hit a home run in a World Series Game when they were 20, much less in their first one, and with a 2 RBI double and stolen base to boot.

Somebody kidnap that guy.

Gerrit...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 23rd, 2019

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Game 1 did not go according to plan as Juan Soto more or less single handedly stole a win for the Nats (Houston Chronicle)
It also marked an end to a couple of impressive streaks for Gerrit Cole (The Athletic, $$$)
At least we got to see Springer set a World Series record last night (MLB.com)
There’s also a recap from the uniform’s perspective...

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Brian Cohn

Lance McCullers: The Hero Houston Deserves On & Off the Field

It’s the World Series, you may be wondering why I’m writing an article about Lance McCullers Jr. (probably a fair question). Everyone knows Lance, the fierce competitor with the devastating curveball, but I wanted to take a moment to recognize Lance for a whole different element, what he’s done for the Astros community.

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On May 18th, 2015 the Astros got a new hero, making his major league debut donning the legendary Batman cleats. And while the...

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George Springer defends himself for not running hard on double

George Springer defended himself after Tuesday’s 5-4 Game 1 World Series loss to the Washington Nationals for not running hard on a big double in the eighth inning. Springer hit a ball deep to right-center in the bottom of the eighth that scored Kyle Tucker from second. Springer was pimping the ball out of the box and only ended up at second, which potentially cost the team the tying run. After the game, Springer defended himself by saying he would have been out if he tried to go to third....

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Astros drop Game 1 of WS to Nationals at Minute Maid Park, 5-4

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Cole not sharp, lobsters still biting Astros.

Considering the post-season dominance of Gerrit Cole, heck considering his second half dominance, this was one game you thought you could chalk up in the win column for the Astros going in. Gerrit Cole hadn’t lost a game since May 22. He had only allowed one run in three post-season games this year.

Yes, the Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is an ace, but the Astros should outhit the Nats, and when you get to...

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Astros' Alex Bregman Says He Was 'Horrible' in Game 1, Needs to Find Answers

The Houston Astros could have used some production from the cleanup spot during Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series, but Alex Bregman went hitless in five plate appearances...

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George Springer costs Astros tying run by pimping double in Game 1 loss

George Springer gets credit for being such a clutch postseason hitter, but he cost his Houston Astros with a poor decision on Tuesday night. Springer was batting with Kyle Tucker on second and one out with his Astros down 5-3 to the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the World Series. He sent a 2-1 breaking ball from Daniel Hudson deep to right-center field and began to hop as if he had just hit a home run. Tucker was able to score on the play, but Springer only ended up at second instead of...

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Winners and losers from Game 1 of the World Series

The 2019 World Series is underway and the Washington Nationals opened things up with a surprising 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Everyone expected this game to be dominated by Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. Instead, the two aces allowed seven total runs and each allowed eight base runners in the first five innings. Both teams brought the firepower thanks to MVP-caliber performances by star outfielders. While the Astros rallied for a late surge, the Nationals did just enough to hold on and...

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Extended Game Thread. WS Game 1

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Uncle Gerrit Cole has some adorable supporters for Game 1 of World Series

As Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands atop the mound in the biggest game of his professional life, the 29-year-old is receiving some adorable support from his close family. Cole’s nieces, also the daughters of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, are decked out in Cole t-shirts while watching their uncle pitch in the World Series. Crawford’s family has had its own share of World Series experience in previous years. Now they get to support their uncle and watch...

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Watch: Carlos Correa saves a run with incredible diving catch in World Series Game 1

The Washington Nationals had been teeing off on Gerrit Cole and looked to add to their 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but then Carlos Correa made an incredible diving catch to put an end to a rough inning. Howie Kendrick laced a line drive off Cole with Juan Soto on second base. Had the ball gotten through to the outfield, Soto was going to score. Thankfully for the Astros, Correa made an exceptional play to nab this ball and end the inning. This stopped the bleeding after the Nats...

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World Series Game 1 Thread. October 22, 2019, 7:08 CDT. Nationals vs. Astros.

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It’s on. Finally. Join the discussion

Somehow we knew it would come to this. The Astros belong in the World Series. October 22nd, 2019 This day has been circled on the calendar of all true Astros fans.

It’s here.

Got here beating the Yankees. Couldn’t be sweeter.

The worthy National League opponent is is a bit more of a surprise. The Washington Nationals let their superstar outfielder, Bryce Harper, walk last winter, and for the first time in ages,...

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