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Astros Crawfish Boil: November 18, 2022

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmitt win MVP awards I’m filling in for Kevin today, who wrote a long article about the history of cheating in baseball. No, it didn’t begin in 2017. Check it out. Astros News Jim Crane is taking the lead in the negotiations to re-sign Verlander ABC 13 Framber Valdez finished fifth in Cy Young voting FanNation Inside the Astros Top Astros prospect Cuban Pedro Leon off to a hot start in Winter Ball FanNation Inside the Astros Martin Maldonado Undergoes sports hernia surgery MLB Trade Rumors Astros sign...

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Verlander, Alcantara win Cy Young Awards

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Justin Verlander and Sandy Alcantara are the unanimous winners of the A.L. and N.L. Cy Young Awards We have two unanimous Cy Young Award winners this year. Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros won the American League Cy Young Award, while Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins won the National League Cy Young Award. The 40 year old Verlander did not pitch in 2021 due to Tommy John surgery, making his 2022 season even more impressive. Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox finished second, while Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays was third,...

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Oops! All Astros: Ryne Stanek

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Ryne Stanek was another part of Houston’s nearly invincible 2022 bullpen. Through this offseason, we’re looking at all 316 players to have appeared at any level of Houston’s system this season. Ryne Stanek is the 130th chapter in this series. A six-foot-four, 226 lb. right-handed relief pitcher from St. Louis, MO, Stanek was initially chosen in the third round of the 2010 draft by the Seattle Mariners. After instead matriculating to the University of Arkansas, he was again drafted. His gamble paid off, and the Tampa Bay Rays...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY News: Focus is on Judge and Rizzo

Photo by Elsa/ New York may focus just on re-signing Judge and Rizzo; Astros also eyeing Rizzo; Predictions roll in for Judge’s payday; Rival Rays could move some big pieces ahead of 40-man deadline The Athletic | Ken Rosenthal: Rosenthal writes broadly about the state of MLB and its free agent market. As plugged in as anyone, he opines that the Yankees seem likely to go heavy on re-signing Judge and Anthony Rizzo, and perhaps leave the offseason at about that: The Yankees [want] to keep Judge and probably Anthony Rizzo. Sign both, add another left-handed bat and...

Pinstripe Alley

Would a healthy Yankees offense have competed with the Astros?

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Yankees lineup was extremely balanced before the injuries came. We’re far enough removed from the season to the point where I’ve partaken in reflection time. At this point, we’re still all trying to reconcile what the hell happened when the offense went stagnant. There’s a few reasons why, but we are all well aware that the offense was the issue at the end. However, one point that may be some debate is whether the fully healthy lineup would have been enough for the Yankees to overcome the Astros. It would have been nice to have an...

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Houston Astros, G.M. James Click part ways

Photo by Elsa/ The Houston Astros are in the market for a new general manager James Click will not be the Houston Astros general manager anymore, the team announced today. Click’s contract ran out at the end of the league season, and while Click and Astros owner Jim Crane were engaged in negotiations, no agreement was apparently reached. Per reports, Click was only offered a one year deal, so it is understandable that he would choose not to return. Click, who the Astros hired away from the Tampa Bay Rays after the suspended and disgraced Jeff Luhnow was fired, will...

Lone Star Ball

Justin Verlander is a free agent

Photo by Elsa/ As expected, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has opted out of his contract and is a free agent Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander has opted out of the final year of his contract this morning, per reports, and is now officially a free agent. This move has been seen as a given for some time. Verlander, coming off Tommy John surgery, and having made just one appearance since 2019, signed a deal for 2022 with the Astros that paid him $25 million in 2022, with a $25 million player option for 2023. Verlander led the majors in ERA and...


Raise your hand if you remember when Tyler Cyr pitched in 2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports I have no memory of this player Sometimes, even really good teams need some depth. Injuries are always a part of the team’s season, no matter how good. Even the Houston Astros had to get through the year with some injuries, though they had more than enough above replacement level depth to withstand it, something a team like the Minnesota Twins cannot say. The Phillies faced days where they simply needed someone to give them an inning or two and Tyler Cyr was one of those guys. Do you remember his outing? Because I do not. Honestly, Cyr...

Call to the Pen

World Series: How the Yuli Gurriel injury impacts the Houston Astros

A knee injury suffered by Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the World Series will alter the look of the lineup for the remaining games at Minute Maid Park. Lineup for Houston Astros takes a hit with Yuli Gurriel injury Gurriel, who has started every game in […] World Series: How the Yuli Gurriel injury impacts the Houston Astros - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Houston 1B Yuli Gurriel out for rest of World Series

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will miss the rest of the World Series after spraining his right knee in Game 5, an injury that led to the surprise activation of rookie catcher Korey Lee.

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News: Marte had surgery, Astros take World Series lead with Game 5 win

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Starling Marte had core muscle surgery to address an issue that had bothered him during the 2022 season, and the Mets say he’s expected to be ready for spring training. Jake Mangum had a nice 2022 season in the Mets’ minor league system, and Will Sammon profiles him while pondering whether he might be added to the team’s 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. If you have high hopes for the Mets’ potential pursuit of Aaron Judge in...

Over the Monster

Just How Injured Were The 2022 Red Sox?

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports It turns out, the Sox can’t really use injuries as excuse after all. We’re not even 24 hours removed from an absolute gem of game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros, in what is turning into one of the best World Series of the 21st century. It was a game that had so many remarkable moments that it quite literally made me thankful to be a baseball fan: Thank you, Baseball.— OverTheMonster (@OverTheMonster) November 4, 2022 I typed that moments after Alec Bohm’s nail-biter of a double-play to end the...

Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for November 3, 2022

Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/ Have you ever thrown a no-hitter in the World Series? David Lesky at Inside the Crown looks at some potential relievers for the Royals to target this offseason: Brooks Raley Everyone loves a good story, right? Raley pitched in 2012 and 2013 for the Cubs before spending time in the minors in 2014 and then the KBO from 2015 through 2019. He came back to the US with the Reds before being traded to the Astros, where he was solid and then had a tough 2021. Then he signed with the Rays and was fantastic this past season. He was very good against...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

2022 World Series: Astros vs. Phillies Game 3, 7:03 CT

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via The scene of the World Series shifts to Philadelphia with things tied up at one game each. Well, this is an interesting matchup. Before he had Tommy John surgery, Noah Syndergaard was one of the better pitchers in the National League. Then he missed all of 2020 and most of 2021 coming back from TJS, and was just so-so for the Angels and Phillies this year. Syndergaard has made just three relief appearances in this year’s postseason, allowing one run in 5⅓ innings, with four strikeouts. He hasn’t pitched in nine days and...

Astros injury issues and who is the Cardinals MVP? | MLB WHIPAROUND

Nick Swisher and Frank Thomas breakdown all the recent Houston Astros injuries, will the St. Louis Cardinals make the playoffs and who will be their team MVP. #FOXSports #MLB #Astros #Cardinals

Choi's 2-run double lifts Rays over Astros | Rays-Astros Game Highlights 8/29/19

Condensed Game: Ji-Man Choi laced a go-ahead, two-run double in the 7th inning to lead the Rays to a 9-8 win over the Astros Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: http

3-run 7th leads Astros to win | Rays-Astros Game Highlights 8/28/19

Condensed Game: Aledmys Diaz and George Springer had clutch hits in a three-run 7th to propel the Astros to an 8-6 win Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://ww