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JasonMarbach

Buy-Low Trade Candidate: Chris Archer

Yeah, the one with the ERA over 5 and the FIP over 6. Why? Read on...

If there’s one thing Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow likes, it’s a big bargain on the margins.

If there’s one thing Pitching Coach Brent Strom likes, it’s reclaiming value or improving broken or aging pitchers.

If there’s one thing the Pittsburgh Pirates like, it’s dismantling any payroll escalation that they can even if some of the trades don’t end up making a lot of baseball sense.

Hi, I’m Jason Marbach. ...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 16th, 2019

See how the prospects performed last night!

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

AAA: Round Rock Express (42-27) won 6-3 (BOX SCORE)

Rojas put the Express on the board in the 2nd with an RBI single. In the 3rd, they scored 3 runs on a Stassi 2 run HR and a wild pitch. They added on 2 more runs in the 4th on a Stassi RBI single and Tucker RBI single. Martin got the start and went 5 innings allowing 2 runs with 8 strikeouts. Hartman closed it out allowing 1...

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Brian Cohn

Who are the AL Favorites?

You may have seen the other day, MLBTradeRumors had an article asking if the Yankees were the favorites in the AL after their acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. What was surprising to me is in the polling results, 51.21% (at the time of this writing) voted that yes they were in fact the AL Favorites.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are an excellent team, and they’ve managed to stay on top of the AL East which has notoriously been a strong division. but I figured I’d try to...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 17th, 2019

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around

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Astros News

The Astros got just a wee bit curb stomped in yesterday’s finale against the Blue Jays (Sports Radio 610)
So instead let’s talk about how the replacement players have done since coming up from Round Rock (Astros.com)
Including old what’s-his-name Yordan Álvarez, who the Astros have faith in on defense (Houston Chronicle)
Unfortunately for one of the call-ups, Springer is...

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CKuno

2019 Series Preview #24: Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

The Astros (48-24, 1st in AL West) hit the road for some interleague play with three against the Reds (31-38, 5th in NL Central)

A big thank you to scottydouble for covering for me while I was away. This past week marked one of my bigger events of the year at work and I worked quite a few late nights so I appreciate him keeping the previews coming or y’all during that time.

Recency Bias Astros

Houston comes to Ohio after a 5-3 homestand that featured a couple of days off and some rest for...

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Astros, Rockies had Interest in Edwin Encarnacion

Moving as much of Edwin Encarnacion’s salary as possible was the Mariners’ prime incentive in finding a trade partner for the slugger, which is why the Yankees ultimately won the bidding. Other teams were also checking in with the M’s about Encarnacion, although ultimately weren’t as willing as New York was to cover as much salary, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweets.  We heard earlier today about the Rays’ interest, and Feinsand reports that the Astros “were also actively...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game Recap: Blue Jays drop 5 bombs. Send Astros back to Earth 12-0 on strong pitching by Trent Thornton

News flash: Yordan Alvarez did not hit a home run!

Lourdes Gurriel Sr. throws out the first pitch on Father’s Day

“Hey dad, wanna have a catch?”@yunitogurriel | @el_yuly10 | #FathersDay pic.twitter.com/BnduunFpvj

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 16, 2019

Trent Thornton, drafted in 2015 by the Houston Astros, fulfilled his dream to pitch in Minute Maid Park today. But he was not wearing an Astros uniform, and maybe it was sweet revenge that was spinning his heater just a touch...

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Brian Cohn

Exploring a Zack Wheeler trade

Looking at a potential Zack Wheeler trade for expectations of performance and cost.

As the trade deadline approaches, we continue to explore potential options for the Astros to improve their team. We did an article looking at the potential financial challenges facing the Astros next year as the Competitive Balance Tax threshold looms without an easy answer as to how they will stay below it.

Wheeler would be a pure rental, and therefore while not solving any long term issues, provides us...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 72 Thread. June 16, 2019, 1:10 CDT. Blue Jays vs Astros.

Astros and the Manchild go for the sweep over Toronto.

Brad Peacock goes for the sweep today facing Trent Thornton, who was the player traded by the Astros in the Aledmys Diaz trade.

No lineup available at time of publication.

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 15th, 2019

See how the prospects performed last night!

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

AAA: Round Rock Express (41-27) won 14-0 (BOX SCORE)

Note: Tucker is hitting .419 with 5 HR, 14 RBI over his last 9 games.

Alex De Goti, DH: 2-for-6, 2 R, RBI Joshua Rojas, 2B: 3-for-5, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB Chas McCormick, LF: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB Kyle Tucker, RF: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI Taylor Jones, 1B: 1-for-4, R, BB Drew Ferguson, CF: 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B,...

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Theo Gerome

Rookies win the day as the Astros beat the Blue Jays 7-2

Yordan Álvarez, Jack Mayfield, and Myles Straw all have big days at the plate

The Astros continued to unload on the Toronto Blue Jays, winning Saturday’s game 7-2 to secure the series win and extending their streak of not losing a series that dates back to May 2nd. And most notably, today’s win was powered largely by the rookies.

On a day where the top of the lineup was relatively quiet, going 1-10 (Alex Bregman contributed an RBI single and a walk, while Michael Brantley was hit by a...

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Astros pitcher Wade Miley hit ball off train tracks in batting practice

The Houston Astros once again have one of the best offenses in baseball this season, and now even their starting pitchers are getting in on the fun. Prior to Saturday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Astros lefty Wade Miley had quite the show of strength in batting practice. Miley tattooed a ball off the train tracks in left-center field at Minute Maid Park and added a bat flip for good measure, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. The former All-Star Miley, who has spent most...

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Theo Gerome

Game 71 Thread. June 15th, 2019, 3:10 CDT. Blue Jays vs. Astros

The Astros look to continue yesterday’s dominance in Game 2 against the Blue Jays

After a sound thrashing in Game 1 in which the Astros scored 15 and every Blue Jays run came off the bat of a Biggio, Game 2 sees the Astros turning to Framber Valdez. Valdez is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA so far, and although there’s reason to be skeptical of his numbers remaining at that level, any worries about today specifically are worth countering with the fact that Houston will be facing Clayton Richard...

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Jimmy Price

Astros Prospect Report: June 14th, 2019

See how the prospects performed last night!

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

AAA: Round Rock Express (40-27) lost 16-3 (BOX SCORE)

Urquidy got the start and continued his great walk to strikeout rate with 1 BB/8 K over 6 innings while allowing 3 runs. The offense brought the long ball a bit connecting on three solo HRs from Reed, McCormick, and Ritchie. Unfortunately, they didn’t get anything else going. The game was close in the 7th but Aces blew...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros pioneer new frontier in baseball science. Create a Department of Bio-duplication

Once you’ve had one Yordan, it’s not enough

The Houston Astros have long been known as an organization on the cutting edge of sabermetrics. Squirreled away in the Nerd Cave are “mad” scientists of all stripes, mathematicians, physicists, even rocket scientists, all committed to making even minute discoveries in baseball science that will give their team that “little extra.”

Today, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced a new initiative that could revolutionize player acquisition...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Fanpulse: Fans weigh in on Commissioner Rob Manfred. And we ask: Why is Hinch the #1 most loved manager?

A 100% approval rating throughout the entire polling period. Is Hinch the dictator of a banana republic? No, just the best coach in baseball.

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.

Here is the graph of the approval rating for A. J. Hinch.

Notice, not at any time did even one respondent express disapproval of Manager A.J. Hinch.

It’s not like that everywhere....

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Astros Crawfish Boil, June 15, 2019 (Potluck Saturday)

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around.

Hey TCB. Ckuno is not here today. He was not here yesterday. (Big thanks to mhatter for turning up the boil)

For today we thought we'd try something different. Today we want YOU to make the boil. It's pot luck Saturday. We encourage each of you to find a good baseball article and put the link in the comments. See if the whole bunch of you can match the awesome job ckuno does every day. Go for it.

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game Recap: Astros go nuclear. 4 bombs slay Jays 15-2

Home runs by Bregman, Kemp, Alvarez and Chirinos account for 11 RBI. Cole silences Toronto’s bats.

I like to start my recaps with the BIG STORY OF THE GAME. I don’t know which story in tonight’s game is the BIG STORY. So I’m going to let you, dear readers, decide what the BIG STORY OF THE GAME is.

And that about sums it up. Almost.

In the first inning lead off hitter Alex Bregman and second batter Michael Brantley each walked, and with one out, Yordan Alvarez got his first non-home...

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Watch: Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez hits 425-foot HR off train tracks

After Yordan Alvarez repeatedly crushed baseballs in Triple-A all season, Houston Astros fans waited patiently for the top prospect to come up and put his power on display. He showed that jaw-dropping power again on Friday night with his third home run in his fourth MLB game. After lining a single into the outfield with a 114.1-mph exit velocity earlier, Alvarez put some more lift on the ball in his next at-bat and nearly sent it out of Minute Maid Park. The rookie crushed a 2-0 pitch to...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Game 70 Thread. June 14th, 2019, 7:10 CDT. Blue Jays vs. Astros

The Blue Jays fly into town with some hot young fledglings, one a bird named Biggio. Are they ready to fend off Gerrit Cole? Join the discussion.

A needed day off for the Astros, who had three extra inning games last week, losing their first one all year to the Brewers on Wednesday night in fourteen innings. To fortify the bullpen, the Astros called up Rogelio Armenteros, who will wear a Big League uniform for the first time tonight. Derek Fisher was sent back to AAA.

The Blue Jays are a...

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