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Dispatch to Cleveland for a Party at Napoli’s – the Wildest Party of the Summer

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I went with my buddy Justin to Cleveland on an almost 90-degree humid night to see the first place Cleveland Indians take on the Houston Astros on Roberto Clemente Day.

I wanted to see Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. I was about 20 miles from the stadium when inevitably I got a text about Carlos Correa being sent back to Houston for shoulder inflammation. Of course.

It was still a great game and a great night. And I can say I was part of the Napoli experience in Cleveland in the summer of 2016.

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Correa & Altuve’s big night in the Twin Cities


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The Astros really aren’t good. You look up and down their lineup, and it’s a bunch of guys hitting in the mid-to-low .200’s. But they have Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa within their first four hitters. That’s why you tune in each night at this point with Lance McCullers on the shelf.

Last night I went ahead and bet them because I just figured they were due. Carlos Correa came through with this big home run, his 16th of the season in the first inning to kick off scoring; and then nearly hit a grand slam later in the game to total four RBI.

They tried to give this away a few times – Miguel Sano went yard as did those pains in the asses Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier – but Jose Altuve simply wouldn’t let them fail. He had four hits and his average is up to an astounding .361 on the year. He stole his 26th bag as well.

Credit Ken Giles the save and Mike Fiers (who can’t really get anyone out this year) with his eighth win.

Dallas Keuchel threw a Complete Game Shutout last night


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Dallas Keuchel has been a real mess this year. Even at his best, he’s been pedestrian; stringing together some quality starts but being mostly underwhelming. The Astros have had a hard time getting it going this season because their Ace from last season simply hasn’t been present.

Last night, he shut out the Rangers to open the Astros’ biggest series of the season, striking out seven.

Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had big knocks in this one. The Astros took the game 5-0 and moved to within five and a half games of first place in the AL West which is probably out of reach, and three and a half games of the AL Wildcard.

Carlos Correa knocked the stuffing clear out of a baseball; and the Astros won a wild one in Houston last night


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It looked in doubt a couple times, but Carlos Correa and Luis Valbuena would not let Houston lose this game. The Athletics got five runs in the top of the 9th (four coming off closer Will Harris), and took a 9-7 lead.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Valbuena’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson would walk the Astros off a winner by a score of 10-9.

Correa touched up Daniel Mengden earlier in the game, and he got all of this one:

Correa had two hits and drove in three. Valbuena knocked in four. Jose Altuve had two hits because that’s what Altuve always seems to do. Give the win to Michael Feliz who is now an unlikely 6-1. The Astros trail the Boston Red Sox by one game in the Wildcard race.

The Astros are bludgeoning teams to death


The Houston Astros were on FOX Saturday baseball last evening taking on the World Champs. It’s been high time to extract a little revenge.

I didn’t get to see the game because I was at a wedding. The Astros hung nine runs on the Royals in the first inning on Friday evening and won 13-4. Once you click through the jump, you’ll see that George Springer had a triple AND a grand slam in the first inning alone. Then on Saturday with much of the nation watching, they put seven on the board in the second inning and won 13-5.

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The Astros scored a ton at Minute Maid on Wednesday


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The Astros got six runs off Phil Hughes in two innings, and then just kept going.

All of this highlighted by Carlos Correa, who had three hits; an RBI single, an RBI double, and then a home run on a line drive just out to right field.

It was Correa’s fourth home run of the season. Jose Altuve hit his 8th home run of the year in the first to kick things off the right way.

The Astros finished with a 16-4 win, and one cannot help but think this gets Houston going a little bit. This was the high-octane, fun team that everyone expected to see since the season started. We caught our first glimpse on the fourth of May.

Major League Baseball made sure this was the only Altuve or Correa we all saw today

I lost a lot of respect for the dolts running the show at MLB offices today. The whole scheduling gadget and weather in the Bronx, Baltimore, and Cleveland partnered up to ruin Opening Day. I’ve spent the afternoon halfway watching the Brewers and the Giants. This is not really what I had envisioned when I thought about Opening Day 2016.

Worst Opening Day. Ever.

The Houston Astros close down Yankee Stadium to open the 2015 MLB Playoffs


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Dallas Kuechel on three days rest was no problem.

For the first time since this blog has been in operation, and the first time since they were an American League team, the Astros are in the playoffs and have won a game, sending the Yankees home with a 3-0 win at Yankee Stadium. This loss comes a day after CC Sabathia announced he was entering a treatment facility for alcohol addiction. While distractions in baseball are often overblown, you have to wonder if this didn’t play a role in the Yankees coming out a bit flat.

Houston collected just five hits, two of them home runs from Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez. Another an RBI single by Jose Altuve. And now they’ll move on to continue their season in Kansas City against the reigning American League Champions.

It’s a pretty great story that this group of kids have risen from the ashes of a near 100-loss team to become one of the finest Cinderella stories in the game a year later. Phenomenal job by the Astros front office to put the pieces in place to get this done.

This Miguel Cabrera untucking Altuve’s jersey is the greatest thing in the internet’s history

Well, Miguel Cabrera is back. And since he doesn’t have the thrill of a pennant race to entertain him, he’ll need to finds other means of amusement. Like untucking Jose Altuve’s jersey on first base. Look at how pissed that little Altuve gets at him, complaining to the ump like it’s his mother! Miggy always gets away with this!

This is one of the treasures of the internet.

2014 Houston Astros Team Preview

The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.
The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.

Giving us a helping hand with the 2014 Astros Team Preview is Mike Hllywa. You might recognize Mike’s name from his work at Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout, or Off Base Percentage. He’s also been a guest host on The Baseball Show Podcast. You can follow him on twitter here.

I know what you are thinking, this post is about the Astros, so let’s get to the jokes already, right? Sadly, there will not be that many jokes at the expense of the Astros here thanks to a contract that my buddy MJ made me sign this past winter. Yes, the contract was written out on a cocktail napkin. Yes, I did sign said contract in mustard. No, I will not tell you how much alcohol was consumed. Yes, I should have a lawyer on standby so I stop doing stupid stuff like that. Don’t worry, MJ, if your buddy, Kevin Goldstein, gets upset, it won’t be because of this article.

Interestingly enough, however, the joke may be on all of us in a couple of years. Why is that, you say? That is because the future is bright in south-eastern Texas. Now, pipe down, no questions until the very end.

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2013 Houston Astros Team Preview

The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL.  Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14.  In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL.  It’s not too tragic.  They were an expansion team, have never won the World Series for the NL, and will get a great regional rival with Texas.  Unfortunately, the rivalry won’t be much to speak of for the next few season.  While the Rangers have plenty of talent, the Astros are trying desperately to acquire it.  They have a minuscule payroll and their highest paid player makes $3M.  Felix Hernandez now makes $25M.

Let’s take a closer look at the Astros.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Signed SP Erik Bedard.
  • Signed 1B Carlos Pena.
  • Acquired OF/DH Chris Carter from Oakland.

The Astros traded away what they could to acquire prospects.  It’s tough to evaluate an off season like this except that it was necessary.  The Astros have been going down hill for several years and it’s time to flip the switch.  They had nothing at the major league level that they could build around.  Carter is a good pickup but Pena and Bedard are stopgaps until they can get some newer players there.










Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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New Astros Uniforms are Hideous; Will be Showcased on Opening Night 2013

Forgive me for having better things to do (not really), but this is the first look I’ve had at the new Houston Astros uniforms.

This comes with the news that the ‘Stros will be opening up their AL West ‘rivalry’ with the Texas Rangers on baseball’s Opening Night of 2013, coming on March 31st.

Don’t get us wrong, we love Jose Altuve. We’ll be forever indebted to the little guy (and the other 11 owners who didn’t pick him up when we had to drop him due to roster constraints before again adding him for a stretch run) for helping deliver yet another fantasy baseball championship with his average, steals, and runs on a bad team.

But shouldn’t Opening Night belong to a couple of teams that have a bit more pizazz? A little more sparkle? Those new threads are not sparkle. They’re a cross between the Detroit Tigers and a well-sponsored Pony League team. Not a fan.

Welcome to the year 2013. A year in which the Astros will donate some 90-something wins to teams of the American League, beginning with Opening Night.