8-27-14: The Astros picked up a series win against the Yankees in New York last week and have split the first two games of their series this week versus Oakland. They are now 12-12 in August, as they continue to be a much more improved team compared to the last few years. Starters Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh continue to impress atop the rotation. It will be quite interesting to see how management fills out the rotation around them in the offseason. Houston has a bright future.
8-26-14: The Houston Astros may still be able to sign first overall pick Brady Aiken through the part of the collective bargaining agreement known as “MLB’s discretion situation.” Jacob Nix, another one of Houston’s failed draft signings, had a grievance filed by the MLB Players Association against the Astros after Houston backed out of a potential deal. The hearing is expected to be held sometime over the offseason. The Astros had a verbal contract with Aiken days before the draft but nothing was finalized after a post draft scan revealed an unusually small UCL in his throwing elbow. Although it is unlikely that Aiken would want to pitch for Houston after the debacle at the draft and after agent Casey Close’s harsh words against the organization and the way they handled the negotiations. The Astros also passed starting pitcher Scott Feldman through waivers this week and can now trade him to any team for the remainder of the season.
8-20-14: The Astros are on pace to lose over 95 games this season, but they have taken major steps forward in their rebuilding process this season. They split a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox this past weekend and took game one of a three game set against the Yankees Tuesday. There is much hope for the Houston faithful moving forward as Jose Altuve is a star and prospects Jon Singleton and George Springer have arrived at the MLB level.
8-19-14: The Houston Astros are looking toward the 2015 season and have some decisions to make regarding a couple of their relief pitchers. Matt Albers has been out since early April with a shoulder injury and the team holds a 2015 club option on the relief pitcher that they are unlikely to accept. Jesse Crain was considered to be the steal of the offseason this winter but has not thrown a pitch this season since undergoing biceps surgery last October as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Houston currently sits at 52-73 and find themselves 21.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics.
8-13-14: Houston has been playing some strange baseball of late. They took back-to-back series from the Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays last week, but followed that up with getting swept by the Philadelphia Phillies. They bounced back to win their series with the Texas Rangers over the weekend, which keeps them in fourth in the AL West and have split their series this week with Minnesota.
8-12-14: The Houston Astros are closer than expected to contending in the AL West division and may go after many veteran free agents after this season to mix in with the youth movement we have seen over the past few seasons. The Astros may need to compete as soon as next season if there is any hope for Jeff Luhnow to keep his job in Houston. The team and many officials are not happy with the way the negotiations with first overall pick Brady Aiken went as the team failed to sign him and two others due to the contract not getting done. Also the Astros have not shown the progress that many in the front office have expected or would have liked. The Astros currently sit at 49-69 and sit 23.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West division.
8-6-14: Jon Singleton’s RBI single in the seventh inning tied their game with Philadelphia at one. That would be the last run any team would score until the 15th inning as Ryan Howard and the Phillies beat the Astros 2-1 on Tuesday night. Astros outfielder George Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a strained left quad, made his second rehab appearance at Single-A Quad Cities. Springer could be called up before the series ends Thursday.
8-5-14: The Houston Astros started the week off by arranging a private workout with Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo after watching his showcase in Miami last weekend. The Astros have one of the brightest futures in all of Major League Baseball so adding Castillo would only add to that. What the Astros lost in terms of the future was obvious when they hooked up with the Miami Marlins in a six player trade before the 2014 trading deadline. The Astros traded Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, and Austin Wates for Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, and Francis Martes along with a competitive balance draft pick in 2015.
7-30-14: The Houston Astros are highly unlikely to trade away any of their young talent at next week’s trading deadline but are willing to listen on veteran relief pitchers Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls. The Astros have also made Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, and Jarred Cosart available in trades if the right deal presents itself. The Astros announced they would want major league ready talent, preferably a bat, in return for any of the young trio of pitchers. Keuchel is controlled through the 2018 season and McHugh and Cosart are controlled through the 2019 season so neither player is likely to come cheap to acquire.
7-28-14: Rookie George Springer, one of the Astros’ best players this season, was unfortunately placed on 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained right quad. He only had one hit in his last four games before being injured, so he will hope to bring back his strong bat after some time resting. In the meantime, Houston looks to be a spoiler for its divisional foes, but the team has yet to win a series since the All-Star break.
7-24-14: L.J. Hoes hit a homer with one out in the top of the 12th inning, as the Astros beat the A's 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first victory in four attempts at the Oakland Coliseum this year. The win earned the Astros their first three-game winning streak against the A's in franchise history. Jose Altuve’s franchise-record of 28 consecutive steals without being caught was snapped Tuesday. While the Astros won’t make the playoffs this season, their future is bright and could be contenders in the AL West in a few years.
7-21-14: The Houston Astros shocked Major League Baseball when they failed to sign top draft pick Brady Aiken. Aiken was drafted first overall in the 2014 draft and after initial reports had Aiken signing near his slot recommended deal of $6.5 million the deal was quickly lowered to somewhere around $5 million. In the end Aiken will head to college and the Astros will not sign two more draft picks due to the lowering of their cap allotment. The Astros tried to go over cap with fifth round pick Jacob Nix and failed and also couldn’t sign 21st round pick Mac Marshall due to Aiken not signing. The Astros will get the #2 pick in next year’s draft due to not signing Aiken which could be very interesting if Houston finishes with the worst record in all of baseball again and gets the first overall pick.
7-19-14: With the Astros being in such a difficult division this season, it will be very difficult for them to get back in the postseason race. With their 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, they fell to 17 games below .500 on the season. Although Scott Feldman dropped to 4-7 on the season, he threw a quality start.
7-17-14: The first half has to be considered a success for the Astros. They were 33-61 at the All-Star break last season, but they seem to finally be taking some steps in the right direction this season.
Jose Altuve is having a huge season, and the arrival of top prospects George Springer and Jonathan Singleton has given fans a reason to watch. The emergence of stud pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh is also a major plus.
7-15-14: The Houston Astros are said to be interested in upgrading their starting pitching and bullpen this trading deadline but instead released right hander Jerome Williams this week making him a free agent. Williams has struggled this season but is said to have around eight teams already interested in his services for the rest of the season. The Astros revealed the real delay in signing top overall pick Brady Aiken as a ligament issue was found in his elbow, which explains him signing for $1.5 million under his slot recommendation of $6.5 million. The Astros have since backed away from that reported deal and could be in trouble if they cannot get a deal done with Aiken at a discount. The Astros went $1.13 million over slot with their fifth round pick Jacob Nix and would incur big penalties if Aiken is not signed his allotted salary would disappear from the Astros pool for 2014.
7-14-14: After the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels swept the Astros, Houston bounced back this past week to sweep the Rangers in Texas. On Wednesday, rookie George Springer hit a two-run home run to finish the three-game sweep. However, Springer was scratched from the lineup right before Friday’s game due to discomfort in his right knee. Chris Carter’s two solo home runs were not enough as the Astros fell to the Boston Red Sox, 8-3.
7-10-14: Chris Carter homered twice and George Springer had one inning-starting long ball as the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Tuesday night, inching ever so closer to escaping the AL West cellar. The Astros go for the three-game series sweep on Wednesday after winning only twice in 19 games against Texas last season. Houston has won four straight overall against their instate rival for the first time since 2002. Jose Altuve pushed his AL-leading stolen base total to 41. He also leads the American League with 126 hits and a .341 batting average.
7-7-14: Mike Trout’s walkoff home run delivered the Astros their fifth straight loss. Houston stands at a season-worst 16 games below .500 after that defeat. Earlier in the week, the Seattle Mariners swept the Astros, but George Springer has been a huge part of Houston’s lineup. He hit his 17th home run of the season on Friday.
7-3-14: Jarred Cosart tied a season-high by allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work to end a four-game winning streak as the Astros fell to the Mariners 13-2 Tuesday night. Domingo Santana, Houston's eighth-rated prospect by Baseball America, went 0 for 4 in his MLB debut after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday. Santana reached on an error in the seventh inning and scored on a ground-rule double. Kike Hernandez, who was called up from Oklahoma City on Tuesday, made his MLB debut when he entered the game in the seventh inning. He finished with two hits.
7-2-14: The Houston Astros are going to sell off veteran pieces and expensive players once again this season which means relief pitchers Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls are likely to be available this July. The Astros top prospect Carlos Correa will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering a broken fibula that required surgery, a big blow to the Astros farm. The Astros have already lost Kyle Farnsworth out of their bullpen after designating him for assignment. Farnsworth elected free agency and Jose Veras has been selected to take his roster spot in the pen.
6-30-14: The Astros struggled to score in the first two games of their series with the Atlanta Braves, but George Springer hit his 15th home run of the season and Jarred Cosart won his fourth consecutive start after allowing just one run over seven innings on Thursday. The Astros made it two victories in a row after Jason Castro hit a walkoff solo home run to snap the Tigers’ seven-game winning streak.
6-26-14: If it wasn’t for the Upton brothers homeruns, the Astros would have won Tuesday night. Instead, they fell to the Braves 3-2. Houston rookie George Springer hit his team-leading 14th home run and Jose Altuve added two hits to give him a major league-best 105. SS Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Houston in 2012, is expected to be out for an extended period time after injuring his right ankle Saturday night playing for Class A Lancaster.
6-24-14: The Houston Astros have had the first pick, and subsequently the worst record in Major League Baseball, for a few consecutive seasons now but seem to be willing to relinquish that spot to teams like the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014. The Astros are not exactly close to competing but have shown a much improved team that sports big time rookies like George Springer. Not all the news on prospects is good though as their top prospect Carlos Correa suffered an ankle injury on an RBI triple and may be out for a big chunk of the 2014 season. The Astros have Brady Aiken in Houston this week to make his contract signing official so there is always that.
6-18-14: The Astros dropped a close one Tuesday night in Washington, 6-5, to the Nationals. Dallas Keuchel took the loss and dropped to 8-4 on the year. Keuchel was the AL leader in ground ball/fly ball ratio coming into Tuesday’s game. He was 6-1 with a 1.33 ERA over his last seven starts, but struggled with finding the strike zone. Houston has now lost three of their last four overall and 11 of their last 12 against Washington. The Astros are 11 1/2 games behind Oakland in the AL West.
6-17-14: The Houston Astros find themselves in a weird position as of Father’s Day going into the week with a better record than the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, a position no one thought the club would find themselves in before the season started. GM Ed Wade has had a lot to do with the sudden improvement in Houston as George Springer, Dallas Keuchel, and Jon Singleton were all called up during Wade’s tenure while the Hunter Pence trade brought back multiple pieces that are currently in the lineup. The Astros have signed Jose Veras to a minor league deal after being released by the Chicago Cubs for a bit of a reunion. Veras spent the 2013 season in Houston and posted a 2.93 ERA with a 9.2 K/9 as the team’s closer.
6-10-14: The Houston Astros signed top prospect John Singleton to a long term deal without him ever playing a single inning at the major league level. You remember the Astros tried the same with then top prospect George Springer and were denied the bargain. Singleton agreed to a five year deal worth $10 million with three club options that could make the deal worth $30 million. Springer also has $5 million in incentives that he could reach throughout the life of the deal. The Astros are taking a huge risk by committing so many years and so much money to a guy who has never played a single inning in the majors but first base prospects are generally safer bets than say pitchers or catchers are. The Astros also started the MLB First Year Players Draft by selecting High School pitcher Brady Aiken. The Astros signed Aiken to a deal below slot worth $6.5 million to immediately start his professional career.
6-3-14: The Houston Astros and their top pick in this year’s MLB First Year Players Draft have been the talk of every mock draft for obvious reasons but until recently the pick has always gone to NC State’s Carlos Rondon. This week speculation has been raised that Houston will take high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the pick and shy away from Rondon and his struggled this season. The Astros won seven straight games at one point this week leading to the beliefs that Houston may be closer to competing then we all expected. The Astros still have an amazing amount of depth and talent in the minor leagues that can help via trade or by filling in the gaps too so the Astros may be a scary team to face sooner rather than later.
5-28-14: The Houston Astros have the eyes on them from all other 29 teams since they have the first pick in the June MLB First Year Players Draft. It was long thought that the Astros would take NC State’s Carlos Rondon but speculation has started up that High School outfielder Alex Jackson may go as the top pick to Houston. The Astros are also looking to increase their presence in Japan and General Manager Jeff Luhnow and pro scouting director Kevin Goldstein recently visited Japan to get the initiative started. This announcement comes off the heels of losing out on the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes and seeing the fellow American League West rivals Yu Davrish flourishing in the states.
5-21-14: The Houston Astros added another piece to the worst bullpen in the major leagues this season when they picked up former New York Met Kyle Farnsworth on the free agent market. Farnsworth had at least three other offers out there but chose Houston due to the chance to pitch in high leverage situations for the Astros, maybe even as the closer. The Astros need all the help they can get with their 16-28 record, although they are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but are instead turning their attention to the MLB Draft and the trading deadline. The Astros should have plenty of veteran players, like Farnsworth for example, to trade and they also own the first pick in the draft. The core of the Astros is starting to emerge and Houston fans may finally see a winning season sooner than you think.
5-15-14: The Houston Astros hold the worst record in the American League and have their eyes on the June MLB First Year Players Draft that they have the first pick in. The Astros are said to be interested in NC State's Carlos Rondon with that top pick despite his struggles and slow start this season. Houston is also looking forward to the opening of the international signing period on July, 2 where they have been linked to multiple international free agents including outfielder Ronny Rafael and shortstop Miguel Angel Sierra. The Astros are also looking forward to the July, 31 trading deadline and have already been showcasing their catching depth to the Baltimore Orioles who are said to be offering left handed relief pitcher Troy Patton who could immediately help the worst bullpen in the league and their 6.06 team ERA. Patton was originally drafted by the Astros and was traded to Baltimore as a part of the Miguel Tejada trade.
5-7-14: The Houston Astros to nobody's surprise have the worst record in all of baseball once again and are at the very bottom of the American League West division after 30 games this season. The Astros have the worst run differential in all of baseball and are likely eyeing the July, 31 trading deadline to sell off some of their extra and pricey parts for the future. The Astros are instead turning their attention to the June MLB First Year Player's Draft that they have the top overall pick in and the opening of the international signing period in which they have the biggest cap space. The Astros are looking at NC State's starting pitcher Carlos Rondon to add to their impressive list of young players in their farm system.
4-28-14: The Houston Astros have begun the #1 prospect George Springer era in Minute Maid Park after calling him up to the big leagues shortly after the 2014 season began. The Astros have been going against the grain for the first month of 2014, most notably with their infield positioning and shifting. No team has shifted more than the Houston Astros this season and no team has used more "long relief" in the league then the team in Houston. The Astros have put together pitching tandems in their minor league system to try and prevent injuries and miles on their upper levels arms and could be the model organization if it eventually works out for them. The Astros need all the help they can get as they are once again in the cellar of the American League West division and once again have the worst record in all of Major League Baseball but have one of the brightest futures in all of baseball. Be sure to vote at least one Astros player into the All Star Game this summer as voting has opened up for the event this week.
4-14-14: The Houston Astros ended the past week at the bottom of the AL West, sitting with a 5-8 record as losers of seven of their last 10. Houston got the week going with a 2-1 series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, followed by another 2-1 series loss to the Texas Rangers. The bats ran dry late in the week, as the Astros lost twice to the Rangers by the score of 1-0. Scott Feldman has been excellent for Houston, winning two of three games with a ridiculous 0.44 ERA.
4-7-14: The Astros have been a bit inconsistent to start 2014, barely missing out on a three game sweep to the New York Yankees in their first series of the year, and then preventing themselves from getting swept by the L.A. Angels with a 7-4 win in game three. Still, at 3-3 in the AL West, the Astros are in second place. Jose Altive has led the charge on offense with 4 RBIs and a .300 hitting average, while Scott Feldman has been the main man on the mound, getting off to a 2-0 start with four strikeouts.
4-2-14: The Houston Astros took care of business at home to start the season, tallying eight hits off of New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia (nine overall) in a 6-2 win at home. Houston spoiled the beginning of Derek Jeter’s final season as pitcher Scott Feldman registered three strikeouts in a solid defensive showing. Jesus Guzman and L.J. Hoes combined for two homers to help fuel the offense, as the Astros kicked off 2014 with a 1-0 start.
3-27-14: The Houston Astros have lost a couple members of the club as they draw closer to finalizing a 25 man roster in advance of Opening Day 2014. Infielder Cesar Izturis has opted out of his deal and has become a free agent. The Astros also released one time sixth best prospect JD Martinez, who quickly latched on with the Detroit Tigers to possibly replace the injured Andy Dirks. The Astros almost doubled their payroll in 2014, all the way up to about $45 million, but still has the lowest payroll in all of Major League Baseball. The Astros lost Peter Moylan after he tore his UCL, which will likely require Tommy John surgery. While Scott Feldman has been named the Opening Day starter manager Bo Porter refuses to name the rest of the rotation because Houston has the first pick in any kind of waiver claim process suggesting that the Astros may not be done adding talent and making a legitimate run at improving in the American League West in 2014.
3-20-14: The Houston Astros have announced their Opening Day starter as Scott Feldman, the big fish free agent starting pitcher Houston signed to a three year deal earlier in the offseason. The Astros open the season at home against the New York Yankees and CC Sabathia in a three game series. The Astros spent big money this offseason, they gave Feldman $30 million when their payroll was less than that for 40+ men in 2013, but the struggles have continued with one of the worst records in the Grapefruit League this year. The Astros have seen Giancarlo Stanton hit a three run bomb that bounced off the roof of the Miami clubhouse, have been dominated by the Atlanta Braves Alex Wood, and were dominated by Michael Wacha in the last week in a turn of events that Astros fans hope don't happen 100 more times in 2014.
3-14-14: Astros prospect Carlos Correa is impressing quickly in his first Spring Training action. The 19 year old shortstop homered twice in yesterday's 7-5 victory vs the Blue Jays. Correa was the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Correa is impressing on both sides of the ball, making a number of defensive stops during his short tenure with the team.
3-13-14: The Houston Astros have been the lovable losers in Major League Baseball for more than a few seasons now but that title may finally have to go to another team with the additions of Dexter Fowler, Scott Feldman, and Jesse Crain. The Astros tickets are some of the cheapest in the league while the team may be one of the league's more up and coming teams. Houston has a losing record this spring and a negative run differential but the future is coming for the Astros franchise and the time may be now. Houston has built from within and stockpiled draft picks and money primed and ready to make a run at an American League West title and by looking at their spring training camps 2014 may be the season.
3-5-14: Houston Astros manager bowl Porter stated that he expects Japhet Amador to make his spring debut for the Astros this weekend. In other news for the Astros veteran Jesse Crain was hurt during camp workouts. The injury is said to be a calf strain and he will most certainly start the 2014 season on the disabled list.
1-24-14: The Houston Astros may not have had a lot of success this past season but that didn’t stop them from pursuing free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to be their ace on the mound. Despite missing out on Tanaka the Astros have a solid farm system with the lowest payrolls in all of baseball so expect them to start to make waves in the future.
1-7-14: Earlier last month the Houston Astros acquired first baseman Jesus Guzman from the padres in exchange for infielder Ryan Jackson. Guzman is 29 years old and has split time between first base and the corner outfield positions. In other news regarding the Astros they also signed relief pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year deal with 2 1/2 million dollars.
12-9-13: Last season the worst record in baseball long to the Houston Astros. As a young team in a new league without any real household names the Houston Astros are certainly in a long rebuilding process. The Houston Astros ended last season on a 15 game losing streak and only one 24 games total at home. Offense of firepower is definitely a weakness of the Astros right now as last season they only scored 610 runs the lowest total in the division. Last week the Astros inked right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls To a two year contract with $6 million. They will need a lot of help from their phone system in order to compete in the American League.
8-20-13 - The last-place Houston Astros have had a miserable season. Currently there 30.5 games out of first place and 42 games under .500. There is no hope for the Houston Astros to make the playoffs and they are also -185 in terms of run differential. Making the switch from the National League into the American League has not been an easy transition for the Houston Astros. With not many bright spots to speak of their leading hitter is batting only .277. This week Houston Astros will face their Texas neighbors the Texas rangers. Last night, the Astros got hammered by Rangers 16-5.
8/6/13 - The Houston Astros have only 137 games and currently sit 27 games out of first place. The Astros currently own the worst record inmajor-league baseball. This week they will face the 1st Place Boston Red Sox.
7/31/13 - The Astros have sent right-handed starter Bud Norris to the Orioles in exchange for outfield prospect L.J. Hoes, minor-league lefty Josh Hader and the Orioles’ competitive-balance pick.
They also he sent outfielder Justin Maxwell to the Royals for minor league pitcher Kyle Smith.
7/18/13 - After switching leagues the Houston Astros Continue to struggle. With a record of 33 – 61 they are 22.5 games out of first place. After the All-Star break it will take on the Seattle Mariners. The Houston Astros ranked 29th overall in team batting average on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They have the worst record in baseball. Left-fielder Chris Carter continues to lead the team in both home runs and RBIs.
7/7/13 -Catcher Jason Castro was the only Houston Astro selected for the 2013 American League all-star team, his first selection of his career. The 26-year-old is hitting .270 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI.
6/12/13 - After switching to the American League Houston Astros find themselves in a familiar situation last place. The Astros are just 10-23 at home and currently sits 17 games out of first place in the AL West. Losers of six in a row the Astros will battle the White Sox and Brewers in the upcoming weeks. Left fielder Chris Carter leads the team in both home runs and RBI. Veteran newcomer Carlos Peña is hitting just .233 with six home runs. The switch to the American League does not seem to sit well with the Astros and Their future.