Astros Rumors & News

  • Astros exemplify the player-unfriendly bent of analytics

    Hardball Talk "Even as recently as a decade ago, Sabermetrics was a niche interest among baseball fans. As various concepts began to gain acceptance in the mainstream, players slowly began to accept them as well. Players like Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke were hailed as examples of a new breed of player — one..." October 23

  • Dodgers are favorites to knock off Astros in World Series

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series favorites. The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened the Dodgers as -140 favorites to beat the Houston Astros in their best-of-seven series that begins Tuesday in Los Angeles. That price grew overnight, however, to -160 as of Sunday morning at the..." October 23

  • Astros' Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP after two dominant starts vs. Yankees

    CBS Sports "The Astros are the American League pennant winner, thanks in part to a 4-0 (box score) Game 7 ALCS win over the Yankees on Saturday night. Among the post-game housekeeping items is naming an MVP and MLB has done so, with starting pitcher Justin Verlander taking the honors. In two starts in the..." October 22

  • Lance McCullers used Jose Fernandez as inspiration during ALCS clincher

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. pitched the last four innings of his team’s 4-0 ALCS Game 7 win on Saturday night, and he did so with some inspiration from a fallen friend. McCullers was close friends and offseason workout partners with Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident..." October 22

  • This might be Carlos Beltran’s chance to go out on top

    New York Post "Once again, Carlos Beltran finds himself oh so close to the top of the high school gym class rope climb that is baseball’s road to a parade. Can he finally break through this time, which — let’s face it — will very likely be his last time? “It’s a blessing to be in this position, to be at..." October 22

  • Red Sox name Alex Cora their new manager, give him 3-year deal

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have a new manager, but for now, he has another job to do. Alex Cora, the Astros bench coach and former Red Sox infielder, will be the 47th manager in Red Sox history. The team announced today that Cora has accepted a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 to replace John..." October 22

  • Yankees paying Brian McCann to beat them in ALCS

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees falling behind the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS was bad enough, but the way it happened had to be especially painful. Prior to the 2014 season, the Yankees made a big free agent splash by signing Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal. The catcher delivered..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi may have addressed Charlie Morton touching bubble gum

    Yardbarker "Charlie Morton loves his gum balls — literally. And that may be an issue for the New York Yankees. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went out to speak with home plate umpire Mark Carlson early in Game 7 of the ALCS, who later spoke with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. FS1’s broadcast crew..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi to A.J. Hinch: “Go win it all”

    Hardball Talk "Following the conclusion of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night, there was a heartfelt moment between the two managers. According to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Joe Girardi hung around the clubhouse in order to congratulate A.J. Hinch. “I know it’s your first time through,”..." October 22

  • Reddick wanted Dodgers in WS: 'I got booed a lot as a home player'

    Los Angeles Times "Fifty feet from home plate, Jose Altuve’s bat hit ground. The baseball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of right-field seats. He had swung hard, and he had not let go. The smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his home run was a home run, that his..." October 22

  • Cora offered and expected to take Red Sox job

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who’s been linked to four teams with managerial openings, has been offered the Boston Red Sox managing job, and assuming a contract is completed is expected to be named Boston’s manager as soon as Houston’s season is over, which could be as early as Saturday..." October 21

  • Astros won't rule out Justin Verlander pitching in relief vs. Yankees

    CBS Sports "Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, a spot in the 2017 World Series will be on the line. The Houston Astros beat the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night to force the decisive Game 7. Winner moves on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Loser goes home. The Astros were..." October 21

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel to be available out of bullpen for Game 7

    ESPN "Dallas Keuchel will watch Game 7 of the American League Championship Series from a different vantage point: the bullpen. Like the rest of the Houston Astros' pitchers, save Game 6 hero Justin Verlander, Keuchel will be available out of the bullpen Saturday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton..." October 21

  • Did Astros make right move bringing in closer Ken Giles vs. Yankees?

    CBS Sports "The Astros won Game 6 of the ALCS, 7-1, Friday night in Houston's Minute Maid Park. As is the case with every postseason game, we'll be breaking down many angles (things to know about Game 6 here, for example), but one that stuck out to me in particular was the use of Astros closer Ken Giles...." October 21

  • Ric Flair to yell 'Play Ball' ahead of Game 7 in Houston

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out "Play Ball!" before the game in a video message. Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair's entrance music every time he steps..." October 21

  • Nats Reportedly Hope To Speak With Alex Cora

    CBS Boston "Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask..." October 21

  • Jose Altuve: ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’

    Yardbarker "Jose Altuve was not shy in expressing his fondness towards Justin Verlander during an interview after Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday. The Houston Astros’ superstar was clutch again for his team as he went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs in a 7-1 win to force Game 7. Verlander was similarly..." October 21

  • Astros announce Charlie Morton as starter for ALCS Game 7 vs. Yankees

    CBS Sports "The Astros' 7-1 win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS ensures we'll have a decisive Game 7 back in Houston on Saturday night. The Yankees have already said veteran lefty CC Sabathia will take the mound, and now the Astros have ended the speculation by announcing their starter: 33-year-old,..." October 21

  • Dallas Keuchel: ‘Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play’

    New York Daily News "Yankee Stadium got to Dallas Keuchel. A day after saying he relished pitching in the hostile ballpark in the Bronx, the Astros lefty admitted the pinstriped patrons made his night tougher. “New York is no joke. Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play,” said Keuchel, the Astros ace who couldn’t..." October 19

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel welcomes the boos from the 'Evil Empire'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Dallas Keuchel knows what's coming when he takes the mound at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He already had a preview of it on Monday night during introductions, when fans booed the opposing team, as they tend to do. But maybe Yankee..." October 18

  • Are suddenly vulnerable Astros headed for another playoff collapse?

    USA Today "The 2015 Houston Astros stunned baseball followers by getting into the playoffs, then had the postseason-tested Kansas City Royals on the ropes before letting them escape in a five-game defeat in the division series. Players from that club believe this year will be different, pointing to the..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Mets to interview Alex Cora

    Hardball Talk "Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are interviewing Astros coach Alex Cora wither today or tomorrow. Cora, of course, is in New York as the Astros face the Yankees in the ALCS. He played for the Mets in 2009 and 2010. Cora is in demand, as Ken Rosenthal reports that he is the..." October 16

  • ‘Had him dead at home’: Sanchez takes blame for play-at-plate flub

    New York Post "After a crushing loss in Game 2 of the ALDS, the Yankees came back and knocked off the Indians, making Joe Girardi’s mistakes in that game a thing of the past. If they don’t pull off a similar feat against the Astros in the ALCS, the Yankees likely won’t be able to forget the way Game 2 ended..." October 15

  • AJ Hinch: Gary Pettis ‘most aggressive third base coach in league’

    Larry Brown Sports "A bold decision by third base coach Gary Pettis helped the Astros take a 2-0 series lead over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the game tied 1-1, Carolos Correa hit a pitch from Aroldis Chapman to the gap in right field...." October 15

  • Astros acquire Juan Ramirez to complete Justin Verlander trade

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers sent minor league outfield prospect Juan Ramirez to the Astros on Friday night, per a team announcement. The move completes the trade that also sent Justin Verlander to Houston in August. As it stands now, the Astros received Verlander (with a $16 million salary discount) and Ramirez..." October 14

  • If Astros MVP candidate Jose Altuve had an MVP vote, he'd pick Aaron Judge

    CBS Sports "Friday night, the Astros beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS (HOU 2, NYY 1) thanks mostly to Dallas Keuchel, who kept New York off-balance and threw seven scoreless innings. Jose Altuve was the catalyst on offense, going 3 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored. He is now 11 for 19 (.579) in..." October 14

  • Astros' Marwin Gonzalez goes from Game 1 to wife's side for birth of third child

    ESPN "Marwin Gonzalez delivered the biggest play Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. And then, his wife was ready to deliver a baby boy. Gonzalez made a throw from left field to cut down a runner at home plate in the fifth inning of the Houston Astros' 2-1 victory..." October 14

  • Carlos Beltran: Puerto Rico needs help; ‘people are going to die’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran may be preparing for a showdown with the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, but his thoughts not surprisingly remain on his Hurricane Maria-battered homeland of Puerto Rico. And Beltran believes more “people are going to die” if aid to..." October 14

  • Astros hand Game 3 start to Morton

    CBS Sports "Morton will take the hill for Game 3 of the ALCS in Yankee Stadium on Monday, Richard Justice of MLB.com reports. Morton will follow Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, respectively, in the Astros' rotation for the series against New York." October 13

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Astros will start Dallas Keuchel in Game 1, Justin Verlander in Game 2 of ALCS

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the Yankees and Indians will play the decisive Game 5 of their ALDS matchup. The loser goes home while the winner moves on to face the Astros in the ALCS. Here's how you can watch Game 5. The Astros clinched an ALCS spot with their Game 4 win over the Red..." October 11

  • The Astros and Red Sox will fight the rain in Game 4

    Hardball Talk "The Astros and Red Sox are scheduled to play Game 4 at 1PM Eastern today. It’s an open question as to whether the game will start on time, however. For that matter it’s an open question as to whether it will be played at all. The forecast looks foreboding. According to Weather.com, there’s a..." October 09

  • Trade to Houston Astros pays off for ex-Tigers ace Justin Verlander

    Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander paced in the living room of his apartment in downtown Birmingham. He was agitated, anxiously mulling his options. Kate Upton, his supermodel fiancée, was with him as he repeated: “Trust your instincts. Trust your instincts.” Verlander, the Tigers’ longtime ace right-hander,..." October 06

  • Jose Altuve certifies superstar status with historic performance in ALDS Game 1

    Hardball Talk "Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has a legitimate case to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award, which will be handed out after the postseason. He finished third in AL MVP Award balloting last year, has made five All-Star teams, won three Silver Sluggers, and won one Gold..." October 06

  • Astros tab Verlander and Keuchel as ALDS starters

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced on MLB Network Radio that he will go with Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel as his starting pitchers for Games 1 and 2, respectively, of the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Astros originally acquired Verlander from..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Collin McHugh to start Astros’ regular season finale Sunday

    Houston Chronicle "Collin McHugh will start the Astros’ regular season finale against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, manager A.J. Hinch said on Friday. McHugh, who's vying for a spot on the Astros' American League Division Series roster, has a 3.45 ERA in 11 starts. He last pitched Monday in Arlington, where he..." September 30

  • Astros' win gives MLB three 100-win teams for first time since 2003

    Sporting News "The Astros took down the Red Sox Friday with a 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The win was Houston's 100th of the season, giving MLB three 100-win teams for the first time since the 2003 season. Houston joined the Indians (101) and the Dodgers (102) as the teams with 100 wins this year. It's just..." September 30

  • Josh Reddick out until playoffs with back issue

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros will finish out the regular season without outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick is sidelined with a back injury, and the Astros will not play him until the playoffs start next week. Reddick has been a huge part of Houston’s successful season, hitting .314 with 13 home runs." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • AL MVP Watch: Can Yankees' Aaron Judge steal the award with his big September?

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge crushed his 47th and 48th home runs of the season, meaning he is very close to making some impressive history. The all-time rookie record is 49 home runs by Mark McGwire with the 1987 Athletics. Judge is one away from tying Big Mac's record and..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Carlos Beltran donates $1M for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

    Sporting News "Astros star Carlos Beltran has donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but a number of other pro athletes have also stepped forward with aid in the wake of the storm. The Category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic damage last week to the Caribbean island and U.S...." September 23

  • Lance McCullers to start for Astros on Sunday night

    Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros in their Sunday night game against the Angels, the first of two outings he will get to prove his health ahead of the playoffs. McCullers, who after pitching Sunday would then be in line to face the Boston Red Sox next weekend, hasn't pitched since..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20