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The Crawfish Boxes 14 hours ago
Astros Fall to Fish 1-0

Astros Fall to Fish 1-0

Brandon Bielak pitched three scoreless against the Marlins, 3/5/21 | Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports The Astros could not manage a run after yesterday’s 14 run slugfest, and got only two hits. One was a lead-off triple by the Spring’s most valuable player, Myles Straw in the fourth, but he remained stranded. The Marlins scored on a solo-homer by Brian Anderson against starter Jose Urquidy in the second. In his Spring debut. Ostensible starting rotation pitcher Urquidy allowed the one run, on two hits with no strikeouts in his two innings pitched. Brandon Bielak made...
Climbing Tal's Hill 15 hours ago

Houston Astros: Brandon Bielak bounces back

The Houston Astros bats might have been quiet against the Miami Marlins on Friday, but the pitchers stood out once again in this seven-inning slate. Of the most effective, Brandon Bielak went three perfect innings, after a rough opener to the Marlins last Sunday. After the injury to Framber Valdez, the Astros are looking for […] Houston Astros: Brandon Bielak bounces back - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes 17 hours ago
Spring Training Game Thread 5. March 5, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Marlins

Spring Training Game Thread 5. March 5, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Marlins

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Jose Urquidy gets his Spring debut. The Astros romped last night against the Cardinals, 14-0, but that is little consolation for the news that the Astros ace, Framber Valdez, may be out for a considerable portion of 2021 with a finger fracture, pending further tests. Still, 14 runs on 12 hits is a nice breakout from the previous hitting doldrums the team has endured in earlier games. Myles Straw continued his hot streak, getting a double in two at bats, and is currently sporting a .667 batting average for the Spring. Michael Brantley...
The Crawfish Boxes 19 hours ago
With Framber Valdez sidelined, is it now Forrest Whitley’s time?

With Framber Valdez sidelined, is it now Forrest Whitley’s time?

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Astros suffered a tough blow on Wednesday, when Valdez was diagnosed with a fractured left ring finger. If Forrest Whitley wants to step up as one of the Astros’ starters this year, his time has finally come. On Tuesday Framber Valdez suffered an injury and hours later, on Wednesday, he was diagnosed with a fractured left ring finger that will probably keep him out of action for several weeks. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the injury is said to be serious... Valdez finger injury is said to be serious and expected extend to keep him...
The Crawfish Boxes 19 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 5th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 5th, 2021

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports 14 runs of pure Astros dominance in yesterday’s game was just what the doctor ordered 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 Yesterday saw a pretty solid 14-0 beatdown of the Cardinals, starting with a 5-run 1st inning (MLB.com) Lance McCullers also looked solid in his ST debut, and felt that way too (Astros.com) But even with him and Greinke to anchor the rotation, there are questions surrounding our starting pitching...
Climbing Tal's Hill 20 hours ago

Astros: More pitchers out due to health and safety protocols

In the midst of Framber Valdez’s finger injury, more Houston Astros pitchers have been added to the health and safety protocol list. Yesterday came with the news of Ronel Blanco, Bryan Abreu and Luis Garcia being added to this list, but now the depth grows deeper with Chandler Rome reporting that Pedro Baez, Enoli Paredes, […] Astros: More pitchers out due to health and safety protocols - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 21 hours ago

Houston Astros: McCullers among pitchers with strong start

The Houston Astros‘ bats were alive in their fourth spring training game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. While starting most of their healthy expected starters, the Astros ran up 14 runs in nine innings with a strong performance from the pitching room including Lance McCullers Jr. The Astros offense totaled […] Houston Astros: McCullers among pitchers with strong start - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 4, 2021
Spring Training Game Thread 4. 3/4/21. 5:05 CST. Cardinals @ Astros

Spring Training Game Thread 4. 3/4/21. 5:05 CST. Cardinals @ Astros

Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports No Valdez. And so it begins again. The big news from yesterday is the likelihood that Framber Valdez will be out for the season. Forrest Whitley, Are you there? Today, McCullers is on the mound. Game today on radio KBME AM 790 and 94.5 FN HD-2
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 4, 2021

Houston Astros: three pitchers will miss “several days”

Other than the injury to Framber Valdez, Jake Kaplan reported that the Houston Astros will be down three more pitchers for “several days.” Luis Garcia, Bryan Abreu and Ronel Blanco are no longer at the spring training facilities due to health and safety protocols. This news comes after the somewhat complicated ring finger fracture to Framber […] Houston Astros: three pitchers will miss “several days” - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 4, 2021
The Payroll Complications of Framber Valdez’s Injury

The Payroll Complications of Framber Valdez’s Injury

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The Astros find themselves with not much room to add payroll and a lack of starting rotation depth. With reports surfacing about Framber Valdez and the fractured ring finger on his pitching hand, the Astros are left in an unenviable position. Already faced with a lack of proven depth in the starting rotation, the loss of the club’s best starter in 2020 is a suboptimal development. James Click and the front office are going to have to get a bit creative to replace those innings, regardless of the duration of Valdez’s absence....
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 4, 2021
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 4th, 2021

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 4th, 2021

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports Losing Framber Valdez is further proof that the baseball gods are both cruel and capricious 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 It was announced yesterday that Framber Valdez fractured his left ring finger after taking a comebacker off his hand in Tuesday’s game (Astros.com) Which was later followed by news that he will need surgery to repair the damage and could possibly miss all of 2021 (MLB Trade Rumors) So where does that leave...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 4, 2021

Astros: Examining a Jake Odorizzi fit after Framber Valdez injury

The Houston Astros were already perilously thin when it came to starting pitching depth, and then Framber Valdez got hurt. While we don’t know exactly how long he’ll be out, the chances of his being ready on Opening Day appear slim. With that being the case, the team could possibly turn to free agent Jake […] Astros: Examining a Jake Odorizzi fit after Framber Valdez injury - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 3, 2021

Houston Astros: adding versatility in prospects

The Houston Astros were blessed to have the platoon, Swiss Army knife of Marwin Gonzalez for as long as they did, but after his departure, they traded for Aledmys Diaz, who has been substantial as the utility man. These two right-handers possess a lot of versatility in lineups, and as they are hard to come […] Houston Astros: adding versatility in prospects - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 3, 2021

Astros: Framber Valdez expected to miss extended time

On Tuesday, Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez sustained an injury while fielding a ground ball in the first inning against the New York Mets. Although making the throw to first on the play, the left-hander shook off the trainer and ended up pitching another inning of work. Jon Heyman reported that the Astros starter’s injury […] Astros: Framber Valdez expected to miss extended time - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 3, 2021

Astros: reasons why the minor league system ranks low

Over the past few months, baseball outlets have released their minor league rankings within each team’s system and systems as a whole, but one thing stayed firm; the Houston Astros ranked near the bottom on each of them. This is a combination of trades, loss of picks due to the sign stealing scandal and opinion […] Astros: reasons why the minor league system ranks low - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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