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Game 1 Recap. Wow, just wow.

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Astros take Game 1 in Minnesota thanks to Valdez, Springer, Brantley. Need just a split in the next two to advance.

Did that game look like Astros 2020 or some kind of throwback team?

A last-at-bat come from behind victory in a play-off game. Where have we seen that before? Brilliant pitching with a long reliever getting the win. Hmmm.

Game saving defensive heroics by one Alexander Bregman.

Party like it’s 2017.

The Astros pitching staff was excellent in...

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Wild Card Series Game 1, September 29, 2020, 1:08 CDT. Astros @ Twins

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The real season begins today.

It wasn’t a pretty ride getting here, the Astros’ season record was 29-31, but they made it. Sixth seed in the expanded MLB playoffs and three games against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. It was a shortened 60 game season full of injuries and slumps, but today the meter hits reset. Anything can happen now.

The Astros bring about the 28-man roster you’d expect into this series, with a couple of twists. Josh James is...

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Astros announce Wild Card series roster

It’s surely not the roster that the Astros envisioned taking to the postseason when the 2020 campaign began.

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Astros sign Yuli Gurriel to one-year, $7M extension

The contract likely reflects that the Astros have come to value Gurriel for reasons beyond his production at the plate and that the team is confident in his ability to rebound.

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Yuli Gurriel, Astros Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension Worth Reported $7M

The Houston Astros announced a one-year contract extension with first baseman Yuli Gurriel on Tuesday. The deal contains a club option for 2022...

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Astros Sign Yuli Gurriel To One-Year Extension

Just hours before postseason play begins, the Astros announced that they’ve extended first baseman Yuli Gurriel on a one-year deal that includes a club option for the 2022 season.

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Astros Designate Joe Biagini, Select Chas McCormick

The Astros have designated right-hander Joe Biagini for assignment, general manager James Click announced to reporters prior to today’s opening round against the Twins (Twitter link via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle).

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 29th, 2020

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Astros News It’s the playoffs, baby, time to get hyped (Twitter - Apolo Media) What can we expect when the Twins and Astros play each other for the first time this year? (The Athletic, $$$) Let’s take a look at the odds and fantasy picks for this strange, new Wild...

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Heading into the postseason, here’s your surprises and disappointments of the 2020 Astros

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Now the regular season is over, we can make a balance of the Houston campaign.

The 2020 regular season was nothing as planned for the Astros. Injuries altered their campaign and led them to a negative-record season, but was —luckily— enough to advance to their fourth postseason in a row.

Those injuries opened the door for Houston to have a bunch of surprises in terms of low-profile players and disappointments from men you’d expect to step up in the...

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2020 AL Wild Card Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Minnesota Twins

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The Astros (6 Seed) will see if the Twins (3 seed) are really “Minnesota Nice” in the inaugural AL Wild Card Series

Twins Quick Notes The Narrative

For the second time in as many seasons the Twins have captured the AL Central crown, and are now looking to snap what is a currently a 16-game playoff losing streak. All 10 of their most recent losses came at the hands of the New York Yankees, so I’m sure that Minnesotans are happy to see them face off...

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Joe Traub

Astros vs Twins. Stacking up the numbers position by position.

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The Twins might just be a little more concerned than you think.

It might not seem like it, but the Astros have qualified for the postseason for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in six years. Yes, the only reason they are here is due to the expanded playoff format, but how they arrived doesn’t matter. They have been invited to the dance and anything can happen in October. Or late September, as is the case this year with the postseason starting a...

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William Metzger(bilbos)

Ryan Pressly is Gonna Have to Do

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You go to war with the army you have. But can we really go far with this as our closer? Let’s look.

Is 2020 Pressly closer-quality for a playoff team?

A not so fun fact.

During the last series of the Astros’ season every active relief pitcher on the team was a rookie. Except one. The only veteran reliever that managed to make it to the end of the season for the 2020 Astros was Ryan Pressly.

As such, naturally he became the closer. But truth be told, the...

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Dan Martin

Know Thy Enemy: Q&A with Twinkie Town

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Getting intel from a Twins writer

As part of the preview for the Astros’ upcoming Wild Card Series with the Minnesota Twins, I exchanged questions and answers with the Twins’ SBNation site, Twinkie Town. Here’s Twinkie Town’s managing editor, TJ Gorsegner:

1) The Twins’ offense was elite last year, now it appears to have been more middle-of-the-pack this year. What do you think has been the biggest regression, regarding the lineup as a whole?

TJ:...

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Astros in the Wild Card Round: Putting Together a Playoff Roster

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The Astros need to catch fire in a major way.

The 60-game debacle of a season is over and the Astros are advancing to the postseason with a 29-31 record. You know, a losing record. Thankfully, in a way, the Astros won’t be the lone losing team qualifying for the postseason as the Brewers did the same with an identical 29-31 record. But let’s see who gets more attention, due to obvious reasons.

Only in 2020, right?

The Wild Card round will see Houston...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 28th, 2020

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Astros News The Astros have officially stumbled into the playoffs, and now it’s time to step up or shut up (Astros.com) They join the Milwaukee Brewers as the first teams with a losing record to get into the postseason (AP news) It...

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SB Nation Reacts: Should the expanded playoffs continue next year?

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, 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 Reacts.

The field is now set as eight teams from both the AL and NL have qualified for the 2020 postseason. Sixteen teams in total. Two of which have losing records (Astros and Brewers). First time in Major League when over half the league is playing for postseason glory.

On one hand, the expanded playoff...

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Joe Traub

Playoffs?... Playoffs?... Astros 6 seed despite losing record

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Astros to face Minnesota in round 1 of the 2020 playoffs

After yet another disheartening loss by the Texans, Houston sports fans could still watch the Astros try to...finish the season at .500. Exciting stuff, right? Despite clinching a playoff berth on Friday, the Astros played mostly uninspired baseball this weekend in Arlington, a trend that continued Sunday with nothing at stake except their pride. An 8-4 loss to the Rangers means that Houston is the...

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Ryan Pressly reaches vesting threshold for 2022 option

The 31-year-old is on the books for $8.75 million next season.

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Game 60 Thread: September 27, 2020, 2:05 CDT. Astros @ Rangers

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It’s the final game of the season, a warm-up for round 1 of the playoffs.

Game 60. The last game of the season.

2020: We hardly knew thee.

The Astros need a win to avoid being THAT team; the one that made the playoffs with a losing record. It’s not like they seem to care that much. “STARTING FOR THE ASTROS, CHASE DEJONG.”

Underwhelming. In 50.2 career innings he sports a 6.57 ERA.

The Rangers aren’t doing much better, sending Jordan Lyles to the...

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Deep Dive: Jose Altuve - This Needs to Be Rock Bottom

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Jose Altuve has been a friend to pitchers this season

The Astros’ lineup is no longer a juggernaut. What was supposed to be one of the most feared offenses in all of baseball has been stymied this season. With George Springer and Michael Brantley entering free agency this winter, it’s possible — if not probable — that the lineup will be losing its top two performers from the 2020 season. This puts more responsibility on the shoulders of Jose...

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