Royals Review "From the Royals' perspective, yesterday was brutal. After not playing for five days, the Royals came out flat and never caught up in Thursday's ALDS opener. Game two was seen as a contest Kansas City had to have, especially with the first two games having being at home. As they have all season..." October 10
Houston Chronicle "Carlos Gomez had five planned days off and his torso was still screaming at him when he went into Yankee Stadium and homered, a shot that left an Astros executive using an expletive to describe how stunning it was after the Astros won the wild card. Gomez, two days later, was back on the bench..." October 09
Hardball Talk "Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB..." October 08
Houston Chronicle "A.J. Hinch has picked righthander Colin McHugh to start Game 1 of the Division Series against the Kansas City Royals on Monday. McHugh, who set a career-high for victories for the second consecutive year, was 19-7 with a 3.89 ERA this season." October 07
Houston Chronicle "During the first champagne celebration Sunday, the one that sent them to Yankee Stadium, Carlos Gomez said the Astros had taken the first step to “be in the real playoffs.” Point taken. Tuesday’s wild card game, the one-game playoff to make the best-of-five American League Division Series, was..." October 07
CBS Sports "The Yankees and Astros are playing the winner-take-all AL Wild Card game Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The winner advances to the ALDS, the loser goes home. The lineups for both clubs have been posted. Let's start with the visiting Astros. Here's the lineup they are sending out there against..." October 06
ESPN New York "The Yankees have decided to take a designated base stealer and a third catcher into Tuesday night's wild-card game against the Houston Astros. Rico Noel, who has two career major-league at-bats, has been put on the 25-man roster to steal bases. Noel will be used exclusively as a baserunner if..." October 06
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel repeated himself a couple times Sunday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Chase Field, calling the Astros’ wild card celebration just “the best feeling” as suds were trapped in his beard. “I’ve never been on a playoff team,” Keuchel said. “To get this, and have fun with..." October 05
Arizona Republic "1B Paul Goldschmidt hit a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks hung on to beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday afternoon, a win that turned out to have less meaningful playoff implications than it could have when the day began. Even with the loss, the..." October 05
Hinch said Gomez could start again this postseason if it happens for Astros. He didn't specify when in the postseason.
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh shouldered the load a year ago, a pair of breakout pitchers, one lefthanded and one righthanded, who gave the Astros hope sooner than expected. There were questions in spring training whether they were flash-in-the-pans who could repeat, and whether either could be..." October 04
Gomez is dealing with soreness after final throw vs. Mariners. #Astros
Hinch said he want to give Lowrie another extra day with his sore quad. He's available.
Houston Chronicle "Someone unleashed their frustrated wrath on a visiting clubhouse refrigerator in Arlington last month when the Astros’ season looked to be crumbling. In Friday night’s historic pummeling at Chase Field, the Astros broke only records as they moved one step closer to busting open bubbly. A 21-5..." October 03
Houston Chronicle "Welcome to October, when the Astros are playing meaningful games and the unpredictable will continue to reign. The American League landscape has already turned crazy in the race for the postseason, and this weekend, the last of the regular season, should bring edge-of-your-seat..." October 01
USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01
Seattle Times "In one swing of the bat, Shawn O’Malley led his current team to a win and helped his former team move a step closer to the playoffs. O’Malley’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth off Astros reliever Pat Neshek broke a 4-4 tie and made the difference in the Mariners’ 6-4 win over Houston..." September 30
SB Nation "Think of baseball as William Munny, who emerged from chaos, tried to find order and predictability, and was sucked back into chaos because that's the only order and predictability he would ever find. Baseball tries to be good, tries to be fair, but it always ends up splattered with rosin and..." September 30
Houston Chronicle "That $10 million doesn’t sound so bad now, does it? Astros prospect Jon Singleton played just 16 games in the big leagues before he was called up last week from Class AAA. In total, the 24-year-old first baseman has played 113 games in the majors, with a .171 batting average. Yet, because of..." September 29
Houston Chronicle "Chris Carter’s always done well at the Mariners’ Safeco Field. For the first time in a long time, he’s doing well no matter the venue. Just don’t try to ask him about it. “Let’s talk about this after the game,” Carter told a reporter Monday afternoon. “I feel like you’re going to jinx it..." September 29
Houston Chronicle "Carlos Gomez has not returned to the starting lineup and doesn’t want to talk about it with just five chances to do so after Monday’s game in the regular season. “Hopeful. We’re hopeful,” manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if a return as a starter was likely. “That’s about as far as I can..." September 29
Houston Chronicle "Dallas Keuchel carved his name into the history books Sunday afternoon, treating a raucous crowd to a gem over the Rangers to finish his perfect season at Minute Maid Park. Yet, the Astros’ ace lefthander hardly seemed satisfied. Despite becoming the first pitcher in the modern era to finish..." September 28
Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28
Houston Chronicle "The Astros slugged a season-high six home runs Saturday afternoon and the bullpen still found a way to make it scary. But for once, a bad outing for a reliever — this time closer Luke Gregerson — could be summed up like so: So what? On a whole, the second-to-last home game of the season..." September 27
Altuve had sore face. No sign of concussion Hinch said.
Dallas Morning News "On this fall Friday night, when the attention of Texans typically turns to the state religion, blasphemy was in the air at Minute Maid Park. Thirty-five thousand and change turned out for the start of the biggest series in the budding history of baseball in this football state. Good golly, two..." September 26
Sporting News "Lance Berkman recently spoke out against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance in a radio ad, which provides equal protection for LGBT people. The former Astro said that boys being able to use girls' bathrooms and lockers rooms would enable predators to cause harm to women. "No men in women's..." September 26
Halos Heaven "Today was the most important game of the Angels' season. That is, until their next game. But that's just how important this last stretch is if the Angels plan on playing in the post-season. Each game is a battle; the outcome either damning and hellacious, or hopeful and exuberant. In a perfect..." September 24
Hinch said pinch running and defense are closer for Gomez than hitting, which isn't close.
Hardball Talk "Carlos Gomez has been sidelined since September 12 with an intercostal strain, and it’s not clear when he might be ready to return to the Astros’ starting lineup. Gomez took swings on Sunday and reported feeling good on Monday, but Astros manager A.J. Hinch told Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the..." September 23
MLB.com "It's becoming increasingly evident that the Astros will be without the services of center fielder Carlos Gomez when the American League West-leading Rangers come to Minute Maid Park for a crucial three-game series starting Friday. "He did a little bit more yesterday, he's not in the lineup..." September 23
Houston Chronicle "After the road trip that turned into a standings sinkhole, the formula still works. There was no surprise Monday night when Dallas Keuchel threw an excellent 7 2/3 innings, the Astros slugged multiple home runs and a late-arriving crowd at Minute Maid Park saw the Astros hold on to a 6-3..." September 22
.@astros recall RHP Dan Straily from Triple-A Fresno.
Houston Chronicle "The formula that had the Astros atop the AL West for most of the season was back on display in winning fashion Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Collin McHugh provided the brilliant pitching while Colby Rasmus and George Springer showcased their home run power. Rasmus hit a game-tying solo..." September 21
Carlos Gomez says today is a big day, gonna take some dry swings. Hopes then to hit off a tee.
Houston Chronicle "For almost a week it seemed as though the Astros had forgotten how to finish off an opponent. The team that led the American League West for most of the season suddenly seemed unable to make a crucial pitch or deliver a clutch hit while stumbling through a disastrous September. The Astros’..." September 20
CSN Bay Area "For a team that hasn’t exactly turned its games into home run derbies this season, the A’s power sure is coming in handy lately. They went deep three times Friday, accounting for all their runs in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Danny Valencia enjoyed his first two-homer game as an..." September 19
Marwin Gonzalez will not be available tonight, Hinch said. The thumb is now more of an issue.
Gregerson won't be here until tomorrow, Hinch said.
Dallas Morning News "THE ARMS: RHP Colby Lewis threw strikes, with no walks allowed in six innings. Lewis has a walks-per-nine-innings rate of 1.85. ... The Rangers again handled Jose Altuve, the defending American League batting champion. He went 0-for-4, was 3-for-18 in the series and is hitting .217 for 69 at-bats..." September 18
Dallas Morning News "The arms: LHP Martin Perez allowed one run in seven innings to account for his sixth quality start in the last eight games. ... LHP Andrew Faulkner allowed a leadoff walk after entering with a 13-run lead, then allowed a two-run homer. ... The bats: The Rangers hit a season-high five home runs...." September 17
Houston Chronicle "A night after manager A.J. Hinch elected not to go to his closer, Luke Gregerson, with a tie game in the ninth inning, he didn’t have his closer available at all. The reason, though, was happy as can be, even if the effect on the pennant race is less than ideal. Gregerson left the team..." September 17
Baseball Essential "After spending 139 days in first place, the Houston Astros have spent the past two days in second place. They have lost three straight games to the red-hot Texas Rangers and have fallen 1.5 games back in the division. The Astros do still hold a game-and-a-half lead over the Minnesota Twins for the..." September 17
Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ infirmary is busy. Carlos Gomez returned to the Astros on Tuesday as planned but it’s unclear when he’ll be available to play after he strained his left intercostal muscle. An MRI on Monday in Houston revealed the strain to be minor. The center fielder definitely won’t play in..." September 16
Dallas Morning News "Here in Chapter 144, nearing the end of a mystery with more false leads than a teenager's account of a Saturday night, it probably was too much to ask Tuesday at the Globe that the Rangers just get to the point and be done with it. Could they catch the Astros at long last? Not without a..." September 16
Hardball Talk "In early 2014 several minor leaguers filed a putative class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited and that the Uniform Player Contract unfairly takes advantage of them. The upshot: excluding bonuses which only a few minor leaguers..." September 16