Category: Recap

Astros After April

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Already we’re in May, the first full month of the Major League Baseball season is in the books and the Houston Astros, the team that everybody though was going to tank, is unfortunately tanking, but they are not alone in the Major League cellar. As of May 3rd, the Houston Astros are sitting at an overall record of 8-22, tied with the Miami Marlins for the worst in the league. A tale of two different teams, heading in opposite directions, yet are on congruent territory, last place in their respective leagues. I compare the Marlins to the Astros for a reason, I feel that the Marlins went through what the Astros did from 2006 to 2010 in one year, collapsing and having management trying to buy a World Series title; contrast to the Marlins however, the Astros did not have an owner whom single-handedly ruined baseball for the entire city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but Loria’s horrid past is unrelated. Continue reading

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Minors Being Major

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It’s no secret that the Astros have compiled one of the best minor league farm systems in baseball recently after their “fire sale” at the major league level, compiling the best prospects from around the league and bringing them into the Astros organization. Many predict that the Astros are years away from contention while the prospects are in the farm, developing and getting ready for the Major League, they are currently tearing through the Minor League. The brightest spot in the Astros farm system is Double-A Corpus Christi, boasting a roster consisting Astros first round picks, George Springer, Jiovanni Mier, and other up-and-coming prospects such as, Nick Tropeano, Asher Wojciechowski, Enrique Hernandez, Domingo Santana, and  Jonathan Meyer. Continue reading

Taking Positives From Negatives

Lucas+Harrell+Texas+Rangers+v+Houston+Astros+o-vIpEAuzz4lThoughts of Matt Cain’s perfect game against the Astros were racing through the minds of Astros fans as Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was closing in on his perfect game, it seemed all but assured that Darvish had the perfect game on lock. Coming to within one out, Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez broke up Darvish’s perfect game nod, sending Astros fans into a frenzy of celebration. Up until the final out, it seemed that the Rangers were going to escape Minute Maid Park in celebration on the backs of the Astros, but all is not bad about this game. There were a few positives about tonight’s game, the Astros first loss of the 2013 season is not all doom and gloom. For this year, the positives are important to focus on, especially with such a young club, allowing the negativity to take charge will only be counter-productive. Continue reading

‘Stros Snap Losing Skid Agianst the Friars

In what is arguably his best outing, JA Happ was on fire tonight, shutting out the Padres in PetCo Park, striking out four, walking only one, and surrendering four hits in 6.1 innings. I know I’ve harped on Happ before, but when he’s got run support, he’s rather comfortable out on the bump, and when Happ is hitting on all cylinders, he can keep a level head, and hold on to a lead. Happ got only his seventh win of the year, but it is a huge moral win for him and the boys.

The Astros broke a 13 game road losing streak on the road, the last road game won was the June 14th game, a day after Matt Cain’s perfect game. Continue reading

A Silver Lining

While skidding after hitting rock bottom, the Astros have finally broken their nine game losing streak, and in excellent fashion, flexing their offensive muscles, taking advantage of miscues from the Brewers.

The Astros were able to capitalize on having Zack Greinke ejected after only throwing four pitches — ejected after spiking the ball following a close play at first base. The Astros were able to score six runs on the Brewers’ bullpen, giving Wandy Rodriguez the win.

A much needed win for an Astros team who just finished getting swept in back-to-back series against Chicago and Pittsburgh, the win is a much needed moral boost for all of the players, and the players showed it.

Jordan Schafer tweeted: “Finally a W!!!!!!”

Reliever Wesley Wright tweeted: “Celebration is in order the streak is over. I even went with the high socks look just to try something different and it worked” he also sent another tweet saying “Wandy was Wandy gave us everything we needed to get the W and we were able to hang on and close it out.”

A huge moral boost for the team heading into the All-Star Break, the break could not have come at a better time for the Astros, it should serve as a few days to recharge their mental batteries and wipe their pallet clean of the sloppy first half and go forward with a positive outlook towards the rest of the season.

– Richard Perez

A Royal Pain

HOUSTON — The Astros have taken game one of three from the inter-league series with the Kansas City Royals by a margin of 9-7. although, the final score does not truly dictate how much of a creaming the Astros laid on the Royals. Kansas City managed to snake five runs in the top half of the ninth inning on closer Brett Myers, who has only blown one save all year. Continue reading

Minor League Report: Corpus Chrtisti Hooks vs. San Antonio Missions 6/13/12

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CORPUS CHRISTI — On a hot seven game win streak, the Corpus Christi Hooks have moved up to second place to the South Division of the Texas League and third place overall. On the hot streak, the Hooks have found themselves in a place they have not been in five years, a pennant race.

The Hooks swept the last place San Antonio Missions in four games and took a series from Midland, winning the series 3-1. The Hooks won seven consecutive games for the first time since May of 2007 and swept San Antonio in a four-game series for just the second time, the previous instance coming June 9-12, 2007. Continue reading