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2019 Season Preview #9: Cleveland Indians @ Houston Astros

The Astros (15-9, 1st in AL West) host the Indians (13-10, 2nd in AL Central) in a 4-game rematch of the 2018 ALDS

Recency Bias Indians

The Indians arrive in Houston after splitting a two-game series with the Marlins to end a rather disappointing 2-3 homestand. Though they have the exact same record to start 2019 as they did in 2018, the competition has grown fiercer in the AL Central and they currently find themselves looking up at the Twins atop the division. This is partially due to the...

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Theo Gerome

Astros Take a Pair from the Twins, Return to the Division Lead

The Astros closed out the series with a rather efficient beatdown

The Astros didn’t continue their streak of games with 11+ hits, but that was about the only way that tonight’s game could be considered anything other than a rousing success, with 7 runs on 10 hits backing a strong, 1-run, 8-inning pitching performance from Justin Verlander. And with that, the Astros officially sealed up a series win against the Twins and moved back into first place in the AL West.

After a scoreless first...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Game 24 Thread: April 24th 2019, 7:10 CDT. Twins Vs. Astros

The Astros go for the rubber game of this series behind Justin Verlander. Join the discussion

The Astros snapped their three game losing streak big-time yesterday by a score of 10-4 behind strong pitching and booming bats. Wade Miley turned out to be the stopper the Astros needed, despite being the fourth Astros pitcher in a row to give up two or more runs in the first inning. He settled down thereafter and let the bats take over, with twelve hits and ten runs.

Justin Verlander hopes to...

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AstrosFuture

Astros Prospect Stock Report 2019: Volume 1

Check the stock report on a few Astros prospects

Just like the stock market, prospects’ stock will go up and down throughout the season. Here is the Astros Prospect Stock Report: Volume 1.

Disclaimer - Being on the stock down part of this list does not necessarily mean the player is a bad prospect. More just noting the rough patch they are experiencing this season.

? Stock Up ? Hitter - Yordan Alvarez

Alvarez’s stock has already been high, as he was ranked the #34 prospect in baseball...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: April 24th, 2019

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Astros News

While it was another bad start for the ‘Stros, it ended up being a good finish as they took game 2 against the Twins 10-4 (Houston Chronicle)
It included another majestic home run by Altuve, who says that his recent power surge is not really him (Texas Sports Nation)
And you can watch him being out of character right here (MLB Video)
His barrage has also tied him with Craig...

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Astros Prospect Report: April 23rd, 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 (11-7) OFF AA: Corpus Christi Hooks (9-10) 12-3 (BOX SCORE)

Another great start for Ivey. He went 5 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run and struck out 7. The Hooks got on the board in the 3rd inning scoring 4 runs on a Wrenn RBI single, Wrenn steal of home, Goetzman RBI single, and McCormick RBI double. Toro added a couple extra runs on a solo HR in the 5th...

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Watch: Jose Altuve's 3-run smash

MIN@HOU: Altuve launches a 3-run homer to left field

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Game Recap: Stros Bats Unload, Pitching Staff Holds. 10-4 Blow-out over Twins.

Quality start for Wade Miley puts staff back on track. Ninth home run for Altuve and multi-RBI nights for Springer and Bregman seal big win to end three game slide.

Tonight’s game started like a broken record. (For you millenials out there a record is a plastic disc that....never mind) In the now departed three game losing streak the opposition teams scored a total of 10 runs in the first inning to the Astros’ 0. In each game the Astros started the game behind by crooked numbers, and...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Game 23 Thread. April 23rd, 2019, 7:05 CDT. Twins vs. Astros.

Astros try to stop the bleeding. Can Wade Miley be the stopper? Join the discussion.

OK boys. Enough is enough. We’re trying to stay calm here at TCB but it’s time to start pitching again.

In the last three games the Astros pitching staff has allowed more than nine runs each time. Maybe Wade Miley can restore sanity to the Astros pitching staff. Michael Pineda is his counterpart with the Twins.

Astros lineup below.

Tuesday vs. the Twins.

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Spencer Morris

2019 MLB Draft Profile: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove Community HS (IL)

A well-built, cold weather righty with many desirable traits, Priester is one of the most coveted prep arms in the 2019 class.

Measureables

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 190

Age at draft: 18 years, 8 months

FB velo: 91-94

College commitment: TCU

Player Summary

Teams tend to have very specific preferences when it comes to prep pitchers, and Illinois righty Quinn Priester has traits that should make him appealing to a wide range of clubs. The 6’3” righty is a great athlete who quarterbacks his...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Podcast: bilbos Talks Astros with baseballphd.net

An interview that focused mainly on how the Astros plan to compensate for the loss of three stud starting pitchers.

This is an interview conducted by Ed Kasputis of baseballphd.net with William Metzger (bilbos) on April 19. (Before the recent Astros pitching meltdown) The first nineteen minutes are not the interview and I suspect many TCBers wouldn’t care for it too much. But after nineteen minutes Ed and I discuss Astros, especially Astros pitching. The actual interview is about 30...

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AstrosFuture

Astros Prospect Report: April 22nd, 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 (11-7) won 9-4 (BOX SCORE)

Rodgers started for Round Rock last night and turned in a quality start allowing 3 runs over 6 innings of work. Jones was the scoring the Express early as he had a solo HR in the first and another solo HR in the third. In the 5th the Express took the lead on a Jones RBI double and Alvarez 2 run double. In the 9th, the Express...

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Is It Time to Call Up Yordan Alvarez? (POLL)

Yordan Alvarez is destroying PCL pitching, and calls to have him join the big club are growing louder.

Every year, there is one Astros hitting prospect whose call-up and major league debut is highly anticipated. In 2014, it was George Springer. In 2015, it was Carlos Correa. The following year, Alex Bregman made his way to Houston. Derek Fisher was the touted call-up of 2017. Last year, July 7 was “Ted day”, marking the debut of Kyle Tucker.

Yordan Alvarez is doing everything he can...

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CKuno

Astros Crawfish Boil: April 23rd, 2019

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Astros News

A third straight poor start sunk the Astros as the Twins took the series opener (Houston Chronicle)
But it was still good to see Old Friend Marwin Gonzalez again, even wearing Twins’ colors (The Athletic, $$$)
And you can check out the tribute video the Astros put together for him here (Twitter)
Reddick had another good game as he’s been on a bit of a tear recently...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Game Recap: Astros Drop Third Straight. Twinkies Down Stros 9-5

Third straight pitching meltdown ensures loss despite Brantley and Correa home runs.

The Astros pitching staff for the third straight night surrendered nine or more runs, or a run per inning pitched. In the last two games in Arlington it was mostly the starting pitching that put the games out of reach, but tonight there was blame to spread all around.

As in the two games in Arlington, the opposition started the game by attaching crooked numbers to the scoreboard in the first inning. Brad...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Jose Altuve’s New Power is No Fluke

At least so far this year, Jose has a new approach.

Is there anything left to say about Jose Altuve? By age 28 he has been a six times All Star, five times Silver Slugger, three times Batting Title winner, and 2017 Most Valuable Player. He has led the league in stolen bases twice and even has a Golden Glove. But one thing you’ve never been able to say about Jose, that he was a premier home run hitter.

Before the start of action Monday, Altuve had eight home runs, third in the AL, more than...

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William Metzger (bilbos)

Game 22 Thread. April 22nd, 2019, 7:05 CDT. Twins vs. Astros.

The Astros need a stopper after last weekend, and hopefully Brad Peacock is just the man. Astros vs. first place Twins. Join the Discussion

The Astros bats exploded this weekend for 21 runs. Unfortunately, the Mall Cops got to Houston pitching for 22 runs, and took two out of three against the Stros in Arlington. The Astros are ready for some home cooking, and behind Brad Peacock hope to set the ship right at minute Maid Park. The Twins are sending Jake Odorizzi against Peacock, who hope...

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Dallas Keuchel prefers to re-sign with Astros?

Dallas Keuchel remains a free agent almost a month into the MLB season, and there is still a chance it could be another month or more before he finds work. However, there is one team that may have more incentive to sign him than others. Keuchel rejected a qualifying offer from the Houston Astros prior to the start of free agency, which means the team would receive compensation in the form of a 2019 MLB Draft pick if the left-hander signs elsewhere. As Matthew Cerrone of SNYTV’s Mets Blog...

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AstrosFuture

Astros Top Prospect Report: 4/15 - 4/21

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. This week was only a few games but still some notable performances. I will be using my top 30 prospects found here.

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP (AAA)

This Week: 2 G, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

2019 Season Stats: 3 G, 6.55 ERA, 11.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 13 K

2. Kyle Tucker, OF (AAA)

This Week: 6 G, .190 BA (4-for-21), 2 2B, HR, RBI

2019...

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Astros Prospect Report: April 21st, 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 (10-7) lost 5-3 (BOX SCORE)

Whitley got the start and pitched well allowing just 1 run over 4.2 innings. The Express first got on the board in the 4th inning on an Alvarez solo HR, his 9th HR of the season. The Express went into the 8th down 3-1 but tied it on a Stubbs solo HR and Alvarez RBI double. Sneed relieved Whitley and was solid at first, but...

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