Houston Astros

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter
The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.  The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville. Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007. Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s […]

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter

sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics are currently in talks about A’s starter Sonny Gray. However, the Astros may also be looking to the Detroit Tigers for Justin Verlander.  With six of the top 100 prospects in baseball (according to MLBPipline.com) in the Astros organization, they look like a great match as trade partners with the Oakland Athletics. Then again, Athletics vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has never been a fan of trading within the division. Plus, with the strides Gray has made since June (he’s put up a 3.02 ERA in his last nine starts), it […]

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Alex Bregman, compete
The Houston Astros are different from the majority of contending ball clubs right now. So many, two good examples being the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers, are so decimated by injuries that they are in need of starting pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals suddenly found themselves in need of a catcher this week and the list just seems to go on. Unlike so many other teams who are desperately trying to find talent in a thin trade market,  the Astros have enough internal talent that they don’t need to make a trade to improve their club. Calling up a […]

Astros can compete without having to make a trade

Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
A team without healthy starting pitching is doomed to have a dismal season To truly be a contender, a team needs all its pieces working well at the same time. Add a bit of luck to the equation and you may have a World Series champion. The 2015 Oakland Athletics proved just how much having one piece of the team puzzle out of whack can hurt a team. They had a terrible bullpen and it ruined the entire season — Oakland lost 35 one-run games. Even if a team’s starting pitching is great, they can’t win without a solid bullpen. The same […]

Examining the AL West shows the importance of starting pitching

astros, unsung hero
When the Oakland Athletics acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros last November, they thought they knew the type of player they were getting. It was, afterall, the second time in two years that the Houston and Oakland had made a trade for the versatile infielder. The A’s thought they were getting a versatile mostly defensive player who they would be using all over the infield. Instead they’ve gotten a second baseman who is leading the team in errors but has become a complete RBI machine. The first time Oakland acquired Lowrie from the Astros in 2013, he was part […]

Jed Lowrie is Oakland’s unsung hero

weak AL West
It’s still early, but the underdog A’s could compete in a weak AL West division It is only the third of May. Only a month of baseball has been played meaning that there are still five months left in the regular season. A lot can happen in five months so nothing is guaranteed. Teams that are excelling now can falter (remember the 2014 Oakland Athletics?) and teams that are at .500 can turn into power houses (see the 2015 New York Mets). However, the current state of the American League West is looking mediocre. All five teams are just above […]

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starters, Sean Manaea, MLB debut
Sean Manaea makes MLB debut a success There’s no doubt about it. The kid looked good. Even though Sean Manaea got a no-decision in his first major league start, you could see the talent that is there. If Manaea stays healthy, he’ll be an excellent addition to the Athletics’ starting rotation. The 24-year-old, imposing left-hander made his debut for the A’s Friday night against the Houston Astros. His line for the night may at first appear mediocre: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER 4 BB, 3 SO. However, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Manaea cruised through the first […]

Manaea’s MLB debut a well-rounded outing of successes and struggles

Trevor Story, hazelbaker, takeaways 1
You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White and Hazelbaker? I decided I couldn’t be the only writer/blogger/columnist on the internet who just somehow skipped over the “Story” of the season. Being mostly assigned to the A’s and AL West, Trevor Story isn’t exactly within my jurisdiction, so to speak. But for those of you who may not be as obsessed with baseball as I am or else have been living under a rock Trevor Story is the Colorado Rockies’ new young shortstop. We may never have seen the 23-year-old Story become the biggest story of the young […]

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Max Stassi
For young Astros’ facing injuries is new. So what’s next for the team after Max Stassi? The Houston Astros are experiencing what many clubs often do in spring training, dealing with injuries. Wednesday the team announced that starter Lance McCullers will begin the season on the disabled list due to shoulder issues. However, the Astros have capable replacements for McCullers in the rotation like veterans Mike Fiers and Brad Peacock who can fill in until McCullers returns to start his sophomore season. They do not have the same kind of depth at catcher, though. Monday,backup catcher for starter Jason Castro, […]

With Max Stassi out, what’s next for the Astros?

Jon Singleton
Can Jon Singleton hold onto the first base job in Houston in 2016? With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Teams are still taking a chance on them though, because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into place for that […]

AL West series: Make it or Break it Seasons: Jon ...

Who will A.J. Hinch name as the Astros closer, Gregerson or Giles? By now we’ve all heard the story. Houston Astros’ reliever Luke Gregerson believes he deserves to keep the job as the team’s closer. This is despite the fact that the  Astros traded five pitchers,  including former number one overall draft pick Mark Appel, to acquire 25-year-old flamethrower Ken Giles from the Philadelphia Phillies to shore up their bullpen. The assumption, by most, being that he would act as the team’s closer in 2016. On Thursday, however, Gregerson had this to say to Astros’ beat writer for the Houston Chronicle […]

In Houston it’s a case of Gregerson vs. Giles for ...

Could Lucroy headed to Houston? The Milwaukee Brewers are rebuilding. They began cleaning house at last season’s non-waiver trade deadline and haven’t stopped this offseason. They’ve already shipped off quite of few of their veteran players, including first baseman Adam Lind and third baseman Luis Sardinas, for younger players and prospects. In fact, the ballclub completed their eighth trade of the offseason Saturday, trading last season’s starting shortstop, Jean Segura, and RHP Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Chase Anderson, third baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop prospect Isan Diaz. All of these trades have left many […]

In Lucroy’s case, Astros and Brewers would be perfect trade ...