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  • Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan
    Joe Musgrove since he was moved to the Astros’ bullpen: 16.1 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 18 K. He has a .158/.200/.228 against.

    Astros ERA by month
    April: 3.38
    May: 3.60
    June: 4.79
    July: 5.08
    August: 3.73
    Astros’ team OPS by month
    April: .765
    May: .850
    June: .869
    July: .948
    August: .758
    Carlos Correa begins a rehab assignment tonight. He expects to need 20 to 30 at-bats before rejoining the Astros:

    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


    • Looking at the rotation projections, it would not surprise me to see Fiers skipped and Keuchel, McHugh, Peacock Start against the Rangers. It keeps them in their natural fifth day starting routine and gets our top three pitchers facing the division opponents. Follow that up with Morton, Fiers and Musgrove against the Mets and then back to Keuchel, McHugh and Peacock against the Mariners and the last three games against Oakland with either Morton, Fiers or McCullers (if he's ready) taking the first game. Off days fall well for our top three to stay in their fifth day routine.

      The Astros have been consistent in trying to get our best players playing division foes.

      If McCullers is making a couple of more rehab starts, then he would be available to slide right into the rotation on 9/8 to start the LAA series. With the rehab starts being limited innings, he should be able to start on a three days rest to slide into the rotation. That would mean starts on 8/29 or 8/30 and 9/3 before joining on 9/8.

      It would be a luxury having Morton and Fiers joining Musgrove in long relief with McCullers coming off injury and Peacock often needing early relief. I'm sure Hinch could pair them up to maximize different looks and lineup problem for the opposition.
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      • This is why the Ramgers are the Ramgers...

        Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26
        #Astros & Rangers will play their upcoming series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

        because Rangers refused to play ball w/the Astros

        Astros requested to simply swap out their home series for our home series.

        Ramgers refused.
        If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


        • Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
          This is why the Ramgers are the Ramgers...

          Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

          Astros requested to simply swap out their home series for our home series.

          Ramgers refused.
          Yup. The Rangers management looks like a bunch of jerks right about now considering the devastating storm we have been dealing with. It just doesn't seem like too much to ask to simple switch the home and away series. Instead, both teams have to travel all the way to Florida to play the series at the Devil Rays stadium. However, it's hard to hate the Cowboys because they invited our Texans to use their facilities to practice and work out this week for not only the game against them, but also to prepare for the Texans opener against the Jaguars. Jerry is looking like a decent guy right about now.
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          ~Your Weekly Game Thread Creator~

          GO TEXANS!!!


          • Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan
            A.J. Hinch knows Cameron Maybin well from when he was in the Padres' front office and Maybin played for San Diego.

            Cameron Maybin, a free agent at season's end, has stolen 29 bases in 34 attempts this season. He's tied with Altuve for AL lead in SBs.

            Astros won a claim of Maybin on revocable waivers. They will pay the rest of his $9 million salary for this year. No other players involved.
            If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.



              Heyman | Astros nearly dealt Moran in canceled Britton deal

              ByJon Heyman
              Posted on Aug 31, 2017
              The Baltimore Orioles’ canceled trade that would have sent Zach Britton to the Houston Astros on deadline day included Colin Moran and other Astros prospects, but none of the prospects Houston made off-limits in their Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana talks.

              The Orioles canceled the Britton deal, informing the Astros that there was a medical problem or problems. The Astros seemed to have assumed later that it was owner Peter Angelos who killed the deal, and it’s true that even Orioles people can’t say for sure that the owner would have approved it even if there had been no medical issues. Orioles people also know that their medical team has a “rigorous” standard, and that’s been the case for some time.

              Moran was one of the medical issues. He suffered a concussion and facial fracture after fouling a ball off his face on July 22 and remains on the DL. He was off to a nice start in the majors when the fluke play occurred — a foul ball he hit ricocheted squarely into his face. But there was said to have been a second issue with another player, which was apparently discovered through medical paperwork. Moran is a guy the Orioles liked, and the Astros were offering him in multiple deals.

              Other teams are concerned he doesn’t have prototypical third base power, but he is a strong contact hitter who’s drawn interest from some, including obviously the Orioles. He is the nephew of ex-Oriole B.J. Surhoff and he’s seen as a third baseman who will hit for a high average. His unfortunate injury happened at Camden Yards, coincidentally enough.

              The Astros tried to resurrect the deal after the medical issues came up, and while their version was that they gave a resurrected deal a good chance, someone with familiarity with the deal suggested the players offered were ranked much lower on their prospect list.

              In any case, none of the Astros’ very top prospects – Forrest Whitley, Francis Martes, Derek Fisher, Kyle Tucker or Yordan Alvarez – were included in either of the proposed deals. The reason the Orioles were willing to consider such a deal is that they believe the Astros’ prospect list is deeper than most, that Britton is a free agent after next year and also very likely to make $12+ million via arbitration next year, and also that the Orioles have a deep pen.
              If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


              • Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart
                "We can't take for granted we have Correa and Altuve up the middle," Hinch said.

                Correa will wear a protective pad on his thumb. "I feel comfortable sliding again and ready to go," he said.

                Carlos Correa said it feels like Opening Day today. He also said he threw his PS4 controller up and broke it when he heard Verlander news.

                Astros vs. Mets finale today at 1:10 pm. Carlos Correa returns, batting cleanup. George Springer DH. Cameron Maybin in CF, bats 6th.

                Astros went 20-22 without Correa, who's been activated today. He last played on July 17.
                Jake Kaplan @jakemkaplan
                The Astros activated Carlos Correa today, 46 days after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

                He missed 42 games.

                If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                • Richard Justice @richardjustice
                  Astros spending 155th consecutive day in first place, can clinch first division championship in 16 years.
                  If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                  • Postseason roles uncertain for Astros' Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh

                    Before Saturday's 8-6 win over the Mariners, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that if Lance McCullers Jr. bounced back from arm fatigue with a successful bullpen session that day, McCullers would start on Tuesday against the White Sox.

                    After the game Hinch would not offer an assessment of how the bullpen session went. Hinch said he would discuss plans for McCullers during his pregame interviews on Sunday.

                    Also on Saturday against the Mariners, Hinch reserved Collin McHugh as an option out of the bullpen for a consecutive day.

                    However, McHugh did not pitch in the game. Earlier he said he would throw a bullpen session if that wound up happening.

                    McHugh last pitched three innings against the Athletics on Sept. 8, when he left the game early because of a right middle fingernail avulsion.

                    The postseason roles of McCullers and McHugh remain malleable but uncertain because of a crowded starting rotation, bolstered by the acquisition of starter Justin Verlander last month.

                    "It's a good problem to have for us," McHugh said. "More guys able to throw and ready to throw than there are spots to do it."

                    He said he does not feel slighted by a potential transition into the bullpen but his preference is to start. He has six career relief appearances, the last of which was with the Colorado Rockies in 2013.

                    "I've been starting for the last four years," he said. "I'm a starter until they tell me different."

                    In the 2015 American League Divisional Series against the Royals, McHugh, 30, allowed five earned runs in 10 innings, well enough to keep the Astros in contention. He won the opening game and lost Game 5.

                    Despite his experience, he does not think the Astros' last postseason series compares well with the impending one.

                    "The necessity's going to dictate different this year," he said. "I look at it as exciting to, down the stretch, have so many options.

                    "There is a reason that nobody's saying what's going to happen because we don't know what's going to happen. Time is going to sort it out."

                    "We need guys to get healthy and get good," Hinch said of McCullers before Saturday's game. "I anticipate him being able to post and be effective. From a volume standpoint, the question is: 80, 90, 100 pitches? But that's going to be answered over the next couple weeks."

                    Pending the current state of his arm fatigue, McCullers will have the chance to start three more regular-season games.

                    Still, Hinch left open the possibility that McCullers could be moved into the bullpen.

                    McCullers was not available for comment after Saturday's game.
                    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                    • Verlander goes for clincher in Astros home debut

                      By Richard Dean and Brian McTaggart /
                      HOUSTON -- The energy level should be electric and the excitement off the charts at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, when Justin Verlander makes his Astros home debut after picking up wins in his first two starts for Houston on the road.
                      Not only is it Verlander's first home start since the Astros acquired him right before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, but Houston is in position to clinch its first American League West title. Saturday's win against Seattle moved the Astros' magic number to one, and they would have secured the division crown had the Angels lost to the Rangers on Saturday night. But because the Angels won, the Astros now control their own destiny: If they beat the Mariners again on Sunday, they will clinch their first division title since winning the NL Central in 2001.

                      And the fact that Verlander will take the hill at Minute Maid Park for the first time as a member of the Astros only adds to the excitement.

                      "I know there is a lot of anticipation for his first home start," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Being here, home crowd, I know there was a great buzz. When he got here, there was so much emotion in this city to begin with. We had the hurricane, we had the return [with] the doubleheader.

                      — #AstrosHarvey (@astros) September 17, 2017
                      "When he arrived and [he was shown on the big] screen, everybody went crazy. It was great appreciation for the organization having gone out and gotten a bona fide ace. A real energy boost into this community, a very notable player in the big leagues. So when they get to see him for the first time in a home uniform and playing for the home city, I'm sure there will be a nice reception."

                      Verlander is coming off a win over the Angels in which he gave up one hit in eight scoreless innings.

                      Opposing Verlander will be Andrew Moore, who is moving back into the rotation in place of the struggling Ariel Miranda. Moore is 1-3 with a 5.36 ERA in nine games (seven starts) this season, but he has allowed just four hits and three runs in 12 innings in two September appearances since being called up to the Major League roster for the regular season's final month.

                      "It's definitely nice to get in the rotation," Moore said. "It's a fun time. We're right in the heat of it, and especially playing Houston, that's a really good team and a fun environment. So I'm definitely looking forward to another opportunity."

                      With a win, the Astros will clinch the seventh division title in team history, and their first since they won four in a five-year stretch in the NL Central from 1997-2001.They also won the NL West in 1980 and 1986. When the Astros won the NL pennant in 2005, they did so as a Wild Card. The Astros are also hoping to win their division for the first time since moving to the American League in 2013, though they did win the Wild Card Game against the Yankees in 2015 before losing to the Royals in the ALDS.
                      This guy gets his first #Astros start at MMP tomorrow. Magic number is 1. Tickets start at just $10. Let's go.

                      — #AstrosHarvey (@astros) September 16, 2017
                      Beyond a division crown, the Astros are still battling the Indians for home-field advantage through the AL playoffs, and currently trail the Indians -- who clinched the AL Central on Saturday -- by 1 1/2 games.

                      Three things to know about this game

                      • Saturday's win gave the Astros 90 for the season; they have reached that plateau for the seventh time and the first since they finished 92-70 in 2004. The organization began play in 1962 as the Colt .45s.

                      • Seattle catcher Mike Zunino will be back behind the plate on Sunday after coming in off the bench in the eighth inning on Saturday. He's hit .391 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a .473 on-base percentage over his last 19 games.

                      • Moore made a spot start against the Astros on Sept. 6 in Seattle, throwing six innings with three hits and two runs and taking a no-decision in a 5-3 loss. That was his first start for the Mariners since July 26 before being sent back to Triple-A Tacoma.

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                      If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                      • Brian McTaggart‏ @brianmctaggart
                        Astros: 2017 American League West champs
                        If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                        • Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart
                          Astros ALDS tickets on sale today at noon by phone at 1-800-ASTROS2, online at and at Minute Maid Park box office.
                          If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                          • Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26
                            Remarkable return to the #Astros for Colin Moran @morancolin92 after fouling a ball off of his face in July & undergoing surgery for facial fractures
                            If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                            • Jake Kaplan‏ @jakemkaplan
                              Keuchel's lined up to start Thurs & 9-26 at Texas, so he would then probably only pitch at BOS in reg season if Game 162 means anything.

                              By starting Verlander on Fri, Astros line him up to make his final reg. season start 9-27 at Texas and not pitch at BOS before postseason.

                              Mike Fiers will return from his five-game suspension tomorrow.

                              McCullers is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow.

                              Astros rotation for the weekend
                              Fri: Verlander
                              Sat: Morton
                              Sun: TBD (McHugh or McCullers)

                              Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart
                              Astros upcoming pitching:
                              Today: McHugh
                              Wed.: Peacock
                              Thu.: Keuchel
                              Fri.: Verlander
                              Sat.: Morton
                              Sun: McCullers or McHugh
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                              If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.


                              • Astros win 5th straight thanks to arms, Altuve

                                By Brian McTaggart and Richard Dean /
                                HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

                                The Astros (92-58), who clinched their first AL West title on Sunday, began play on Tuesday 1 1/2 games behind the Indians -- who defeated the Angels late on Tuesday -- for the best record in the AL. The Astros have won eight in a row at home and are 34 games over .500, tying their high-water mark of the season.

                                "The division part is out of the way and now we can worry about winning games and keeping our eye on the big prize," said closer Ken Giles, who worked a scoreless ninth inning for his 32nd save.

                                McHugh (3-2), pitching for the first time since leaving his Sept. 8 start at Oakland after only three innings because of a fingernail injury, held the White Sox to one run and five hits in five innings to improve to 14-0 in September/October regular-season games since 2014. Will Harris, Luke Gregerson and Chris Devenski each threw a hitless inning in relief before Giles closed it out.

                                "Our bullpen stepped up," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought McHugh threw the ball really well. I thought his pitch-making ability was really good. I thought he made one mistake, to [Jose Abreu] for the double, but other than that he was in a pretty good rhythm, pretty good execution.

                                Abreu doubled home Yoan Moncada to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the third, but Jose Altuve hit a solo homer in the fourth off Lucas Giolito and Alex Bregman added an RBI double later in the inning to put Houston ahead, 2-1. Giolito (2-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

                                "[Giolito] kept us in the ballgame, certainly. He gave us as many outs as he could," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "This is an excellent ballclub, and they put the barrel on the ball. He did a very nice job containing these guys as long as he did."

                                MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
                                Altuve matches milestone: Altuve tied his career high (set last season) by going opposite field for his 24th homer of the season in the fourth. The homer was his 194th hit for the season, putting him six shy of reaching his fourth consecutive 200-hit season. Prior to Altuve, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (1998) was the only Astros player to reach 200 hits in a season.

                                Escape artist: McHugh recorded two quick outs to start the fifth inning before giving up an infield single to Moncada and watching Abreu reach on an error by third baseman Bregman. But McHugh got Nicky Delmonico to pop out to end the inning, leaving the dangerous Avisail Garcia on deck.

                                "We made some pitches when we needed to," said McHugh, who made his 100th start with the Astros. "Had a better curveball today, better breaking ball than I've had in a while. Made a handful of mistakes, but for the most part, I thought we executed pitches really well."

                                SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
                                Yuli Gurriel's double in the seventh inning was his 56th extra-base hit of the season, tying the rookie franchise record held by Hunter Pence (2007).

                                DOUBLED OFF
                                Gurriel was doubled off first base after singling in the third on an infield popup. With Gurriel at first, Brian McCann skied one to shortstop Tim Anderson, who was playing on the right side of the infield in a shift. Anderson caught the ball just beyond the infield dirt and popped a throw to first to get Gurriel, who had strayed off the base and couldn't get back in time.

                                REPLAY REVIEW
                                The Astros successfully challenged a call in the eighth inning, leading to a run. George Springer, playing on his 28th birthday, was initially called out at the plate when he tried to score from third on Altuve's grounder to third, but the replay showed that Springer's left hand got a piece of the plate as he slid by the tag of catcher Kevan Smith.

                                "I told him I was proud of his hustle, and don't ever do that again until October," Hinch joked. "I don't need to see that again. ... Excellent play in itself. I'd like him not to do that."

                                Said Springer: "He told me to be smarter. I get it. But these games still count, and it's hard to not play hard. I'll just be smarter. I'll try not to do it again. Can't make any promises." Springer scores after review. George Springer is called out at the plate, but the call is overturned after the Astros challenge the play in the 8th inning

                                WHAT'S NEXT
                                White Sox: Right-hander James Shields (4-6, 5.43 ERA) makes his 20th start of the season on Wednesday, and he has won consecutive starts after snapping an 11-start winless streak. Shields is 2-1 with a 1.70 ERA in five career starts vs. the Astros. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. CT.

                                Astros: Right-hander Brad Peacock (11-2, 2.98 ERA) also will be making his 20th start of the season, and he has held opponents to exactly three hits in three of his last four starts. With 11 wins, he has matched his win total from his previous five Major League seasons combined.
                                If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.