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Series Preview #17: Diamondbacks at Astros

Series Preview #17: Diamondbacks at Astros

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Facing off against Zack Greinke will be fun and interesting Houston Astros Baseball Reference Pages Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Reference Pages The defending AL Champion Astros have had an up and down and mostly difficult season. They won’t evoke much sympathy, having cheated their way to a world title in 2017 and another pennant and world series appearance in 2019. New manager Dusty Baker has really had his hands full turning things around. They’ve been beset by injury and tragedy. Ace Justin Verlander has only pitched in one game and is working...

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Climbing Tal's Hill 3 hours ago

Astros: Finding the good in a disappointing 2020 season

There are some silver linings in what has been a tough season for the Houston Astros. We don’t need to sugarcoat it. This has been a rough year for the Houston Astros — painful, even. With nine games left in the season, the team hovers around .500 and faces the slight (but real) possibility of […] Astros: Finding the good in a disappointing 2020 season - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes 12 hours ago
Snakebitten Astros Fall 6-3

Snakebitten Astros Fall 6-3

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Astros below .500, 2.5 ahead of Mariners for 2nd place. Zac Gallen is some no-name pitcher and the Astros should have no problem with him, right? Anyone who thinks that has been too broke to pay attention to baseball this year. Despite being hit around in his last two outings, he has been one of baseball’s best, entering Friday’s outing with a tidy 3.15 ERA in ten starts. Houston was able to take an early lead against Arizona’s ace right-hander, but he settled down and Kole Calhoun later proved to be a major problem in the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 victory...
Climbing Tal's Hill 21 hours ago

Astros: Previewing three-game series against Diamondbacks

Here’s what you need to know about the Houston Astros series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It wasn’t pretty, but the Houston Astros managed to eke out a series win against the hapless Texas Rangers. In doing so, they were able to extend their lead over the Seattle Mariners to three games, giving them a little […] Astros: Previewing three-game series against Diamondbacks - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 18, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: September 18th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 18th, 2020

Photo by Bob Levey/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Framber Valdez had another excellent start last night as the Astros enter the final 10 games in a good position to make the postseason (Astros.com) But what the team really needs is for the offense to take off (Texas Sports Nation, $$$) If everything holds steady and the Astros make it, who should be the #3 starter in October? (The Athletic, $$$) Brad Peacock is...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 18, 2020
The End of the Dragon?

The End of the Dragon?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ If you haven’t heard, Chris Devenski was diagnosed with Bone Spurs which will require surgery to remove, effectively ending his season. Our sister site over at Amazin Avenue, put together an article when Syndergaard and Matz dealt with them. “What are Bone Spurs? Bone spurs are abnormal overgrowth of bone resulting from abnormal stress placed on that area. Given that there is a tremendous amount of stress placed on the elbow while pitching, it is fairly common for bone spurs to form on a pitcher’s throwing elbow. Depending on the size of the bone spur, it...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 18, 2020

Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Rangers

Here are our five key takeaways from the Houston Astros series win against the Texas Rangers. This was one of the uglier series wins I’ve seen from the Astros recently, but a win is a win. Houston took two of three from their in-state rivals and have opened up a three-game lead over the Seattle […] Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Rangers - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 18, 2020
2020 Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Houston Astros

2020 Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Houston Astros

Photo by Thomas B. Shea/ The Astros (25-25, 2nd in AL West) will face a familiar NL foe as the Diamondbacks (19-32, 5th in NL West) come to town for the weekend D-backs Quick Notes The Narrative The Diamondbacks head to Houston after a week of .500 ball, something they haven’t seen too often this year. After losing 2 of 3 to the Mariners, they were able to take a couple from the Angels during a mid-week series. That marked just the fourth series win that Arizona has been able to pull off this season, though one of those wins was against the Astros. The snakes have fallen off sharply...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
Valdez dazzles behind Tucker’s HR as Astros beat the Rangers, 2-1

Valdez dazzles behind Tucker’s HR as Astros beat the Rangers, 2-1

Framber Valdez #59 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on September 17, 2020 in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Bob Levey/ Tonight, the Astros looked to bounce back after being shutout last night. They faced off against former Astros, Jordan Lyles. The Astros got on the board in the second inning when Kyle Tucker connected on a 2 run HR, his 9th of the season, to give the Astros an early 2-0 lead. KYLE TUCKER. MVP. pic.twitter.com/K5OLZA38gv— Apollo Media (@ApolloHOU) September 17, 2020 Framber Valdez got the start for the...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
Game 50 Thread. September 17, 2020, 6:10 CDT. Rangers @ Astros

Game 50 Thread. September 17, 2020, 6:10 CDT. Rangers @ Astros

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Astros try to win the series with Texas before the D-Backs come to town. The Astros lost a tough one yesterday, losing 1-0, with the opposing team winning yet again in their last at bat. Today the Astros face another struggling pitcher, former Astro Jordan Lyles, hoping to get better results than what they achieved yesterday. The Astros send Framber Valdez to face the Rangers. He is 3-3, with a 4.08 ERA. But in his last four games his ERA is 6.92. Lineup is unavailable at time of publication. Media Access Game 3: Thursday, September 17th @ 6:10 pm...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 17, 2020

Astros: Jose Urquidy making case for playoff rotation

Jose Urquidy is making a case to be part of the Houston Astros rotation in the playoffs. The Houston Astros still have about a week and a half to figure out how their pitching staff is going to look for the playoffs, and we’re confident they’ll be playing in October. But one thing to monitor […] Astros: Jose Urquidy making case for playoff rotation - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
George Springer is right where the Astros need him

George Springer is right where the Astros need him

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The 30-year-old outfielder finally left his struggles behind and is carrying with the Astros’ lineup since early September. Fortunately, George Springer is back to his standards. When the Astros need him most, he’s stepping up as one of the forces in Dusty Baker’s lineup. He successfully overcame his early-season struggles and is crushing balls. During the first one and a half months of the season, Springer was not Springer himself. In the first 28 regular-season games, he was hitting for a .194/.331/.388 slash line, with 23 strikeouts, only nine...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17th, 2020

Photo by Bob Levey/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Lance McCullers looked like an ace pitcher in his return from the IL last night (Astros.com) Unfortunately Kyle Gibson looked even better, though I would contribute at least some of that to an awful strike zone by the home plate ump (Houston Chronicle) Jose Urquidy also looked good in his most recent start, showing promising signs for the Astros’ rotation...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 17, 2020

Astros: Chris Devenski’s future in question after surgery

Chris Devenski’s future with the Houston Astros is in question after his elbow surgery. Chris Devenski was probably going to be in a precarious position this offseason regardless of his health, but now his health has added another wrinkle to that. The Astros announced that the pitcher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday […] Astros: Chris Devenski’s future in question after surgery - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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