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Carlos Correa makes routine changes to prevent back issues

Carlos Correa was plagued by back issues for a significant portion of 2018, and he’s taking steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. The Houston Astros shortstop said Saturday he’s begun to do a lot more physically to try to prevent further back trouble, including yoga and other new exercises. Correa missed the entire month of July last season with back issues, then struggled down the stretch after returning. He hit just .239 with 15 home runs, easily the worst offensive season of...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 16th, 2019

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Astros News

The team has officially put the closer question to bed as Osuna will get the call for the 9th (ESPN)
They are also checking the utility player box as Aledmys Diaz will move around the infield for Spring Training (Houston Chronicle)
In fact, there are very few questions for the Astros as they head into 2019 (Houston Sportsmap)
Except for maybe how much of a difference a team that’s fully healthy can make (Climbing Tal’s...

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Gerrit Cole on MLB Using Openers: I Wouldn't Pay to Watch a Math Equation

Count Gerrit Cole among the starting pitchers who are not fans of the concept of "openers." The Houston Astros starter said that even with the analytical advantages created by altering ...

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The most ridiculously optimistic article ever written about the 2019 Houston Astros

Projection systems are missing context. The 2019 Astros are going to be EPIC.

Hold on to your slide rules, Astros fans, because you are about to read the least objective, most absurdly optimistic article about the upcoming 2019 season that you ever dreamed of.

And if you aren’t dreaming in absurd optimism at this time of year, when hope spring-trainings eternal, well then, grit your teeth and mock the rest of us. Just know that we’re having way more fun than you right now.

It is 2019 and...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 15th, 2019

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If you need help getting pumped, check out these pics from the first day of Spring Training (Mission Control)
Out of MLB’s top 100 players in baseball, Altuve and Bregman clocked in at 6 and 7 (Twitter)
Verlander has expanded on his thoughts when it comes to free agency and rebuilding teams (Houston Chronicle)
While Cole expanded on his thoughts about “the Opener” (Texas Sports Nation)
Now if only they both would...

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Astros had a deal all but locked down to land Bryce Harper last summer

It’s mostly of historical interest now, but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow acknowledged that Houston had a deal all but locked down to land Bryce Harper last summer. (Via Mark Berman of FOX 26, on Twitter.) Reports indicated that the Nationals would have received a strong haul of talent had they agreed to give up Harper at the non-waiver deadline; instead, Washington announced on deadline day that it would not part with its star, who is now (still) a free agent. Lest anyone get the wrong idea, the...

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Astros’ Gerrit Cole has harsh stance against ‘opener’ strategy

Yet another pitcher has come out against the new “opener” pitching strategy. Last season, the Tampa Bay Rays began regularly using a relief pitcher to start a game before handing things over to more of a traditional long-inning starter. The strategy, called using an “opener,” started being used somewhat regularly. The Oakland A’s even used it in the playoffs. Even though the strategy is catching on, some players are strongly against it. Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole ripped...

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Justin Verlander rips MLB teams for ‘hiding behind this rebuilding mantra’

Just a few days after ripping MLB for its “broken” system amid one of the worst free agency offseasons we’ve ever seen, Justin Verlander has more to say. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Verlander lashed out at teams for “hiding behind this rebuilding mantra.” No lies detected. Truly, what has transpired this offseason is baffling. Spring training is here, yet two of the game’s biggest stars are still at home twiddling their thumbs waiting for a suitable offer to come in. In a...

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Alex Cora sidesteps Alex Bregman’s anti-Boston smack talk

Alex Bregman may have made some provocative comments recently in an attempt to stir up the Houston Astros-Boston Red Sox rivalry, but that does not mean Alex Cora has to respond in kind. Bregman got in on the anti-Boston sports bias by saying it’s time to knock the city’s wildly successful teams off their championship perch. “After watching the Patriots win and with the Red Sox beating us last year, there’s no other city that I would like to beat more this year than Boston,”...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 14th, 2019

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Astros News

Gerrit Cole has won his arbitration case against the Astros and will earn $13.5 million for the 2019 season (CBS Sports)
Here are 4 reasons that the Astros are headed for another AL West crown (House of Houston)
Which is just one of the many expectations that have become routine for this team (Houston Chronicle)
Brad Peacock has picked up a new pitch that he’ll be refining for the upcoming season (Houston...

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Astros 2018 Positional Defense in Review--Outfielders

In a continuation of our analysis of the Astros 2018 defense by the numbers, I’ll review the outfield this week. I used Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) in my last edition of the Astros defensive review, which focused on infielders. There are a few different metrics I’d prefer to use this week for outfielders, and I’ll introduce those to you along the way.

Here’s a look at the advanced defensive stats for the Astros outfielders last season.

I don’t want to...

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Spring Training Begins Today!

There’s light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

When will baseball begin?

Believe me, I speak for the whole staff of TCB when I say we can’t wait for baseball to begin. It’s bad enough having to go five months with no baseball, but try writing about baseball for five months when there’s no baseball.

Baseball begins April 5th.

Spring Training begins today!

Last Saturday we asked the dear readers here at TCB to share their best Spring Training experiences. The following is what our...

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A Valentine’s Day Tribute to the Astros Couples

Champions on and off the Field

Behind every great man there is a great woman. I don’t have to tell you, dear readers of the Crawfish Boxes, how great our Astros are. So it’s no wonder, as the following pictures show, that standing with our heroes are some truly amazing women. The following is a Valentine’s Day album to the beautiful couples of the Houston Astros.

Jose and Nina Altuve

Robinson and Heidi Chirinos

Gerrit Cole and Amy Crawford

Getty Images for Wins for Warrio ...

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Astros' Alex Bregman on Red Sox: 'No Other City' I Want to Beat More Than Boston

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is no fan of the constant championship parades in Boston. "After watching the Patriots win and with the Red Sox beating us last ...

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Astros open camp with bar 'set incredibly high'

With this many stars and this much talent, you can't help but have visions of playing baseball deep into October. And considering it was only a year ago the Astros were talking about defending their World Series title, their window to win another one remains wide open.

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Astros Morning Snippets: Pitchers and catchers report today!

The latest news around the Astros and baseball on February 13th, including a reminder that pitchers and catchers report today for Houston. Obvious news of the day: Pitchers and catchers report Honestly, I do not need to go into much explanation on this one. Pitchers and catchers report TODAY. #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/rGRItHdfsr — Houston Astros (@astros) […] Astros Morning Snippets: Pitchers and catchers report today! - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan...

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Lance Berkman for Astros Hall of Fame

Where’s the Love?

The Houston Astros recently inaugurated their Hall of Fame by choosing the following players for initial induction. They are: Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Nolan Ryan, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Don Wilson, Jim Umbricht, Mike Scott, Joe Morgan, Bob Aspromonte, Joe Niekro and Shane Reynolds.

I am not going to quibble about who was picked, but I am perturbed by who was left off. I think that Roy Oswalt was probably more deserving than a number of the pitchers...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 13th, 2019

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Astros News

Pitchers and catchers report today (Hooray!), so let’s look at 5 burning questions for the Astros (Click2Houston)
And so the quest for a second title in three years begins (Forbes)
AJ Hinch joined the Hot Stove on MLB Network to talk about Alex Cora, his players, and thoughts on Keuchel and Marwin (MLB Video)
Bregman got a little work in by playing football with Browns receiver Jarvis Landry (CUT4)
He also joined the...

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Spring Training pitching battle for the 5th spot

Astros’ pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and Spring Training games are right around the corner. What should we watch for this Spring? Baseball season has finally arrived! Pitchers and catchers begin their workouts Thursday and the rest of the squad starts Feb. 18. The Astros kick off their quest to “Take it Back”. As Spring […] Astros: Spring Training pitching battle for the 5th spot - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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Astros Morning Snippets: Spring Training is almost here!

The latest news around the Astros and baseball on February 12th, including a reminder that pitchers and catchers report tomorrow for Houston! Predicting the Opening Day roster Brian McTaggart of MLB.com released his Opening Day predictions for the 2019 season, which doesn’t feature many surprises. Hey, the Astros are pretty much set at most positions, […] Astros Morning Snippets: Spring Training is almost here! - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site -...

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