Red Sox star Mookie Betts uses a weird bat that’s gotten a lot of attention over the last few seasons. Instead of the normal knob that is standard on wooden bats, the bottom of Betts’s looks more like an axe handle; logic is that the more streamlined handle leads to fewer blisters on the palm.
The Rangers started the sixth inning with Jeremy Jeffress on the mound. Two home runs, a single and a hit by pitch later, he was replaced by Tony Barnette. Two walks and two singles later, he was replaced by Dillon Gee. It was only then, after allowing five runs, that the Rangers finally managed to record their first…
The Astros whacked the hell out of the Royals last night, beating Kansas City 7-3 to extend their win streak to 11 games. It was the kind of game good teams win all the time, in which the Astros’ starter only lasted five innings and the 1-5 hitters went 4-21, but two homers and five RBIs from the 7 and 8 hitters made…
The Astros walloped the Twins yesterday in a 16-8 game that turned in Houston’s favor with an 11-run eighth inning, in which the team batted around (and then some) to take a 13-8 lead into the ninth. It was not ideal for the Twins; it was a very good day for the ‘Stros.
The Houston Astros did the country a great service and put a damper on the Yankees’ Derek Jeter ceremony with several big dingers in the first-inning yesterday, including a grand slam from Alex Bregman.
Jake Marisnick gave Houston the rare exciting walk-off defensive play tonight, rocketing a throw home to get tying run Jacoby Ellsbury out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth:
The Astros put the finishing touches on a two-game series sweep of the Atlanta Braves this afternoon, coming back and winning 4-2. The Braves have not been good this year, but they are very consciously rebuilding, and a team full of younger guys will make some mistakes. Like this one, where Marwin Gonzalez…
Ahead of an intra-Texas series between the first-place Astros and the last-place Rangers, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman had this to say Sunday night:
Houston Astros right fielder Teoscar Hernandez and second baseman Jose Altuve took each other out while chasing down a fly ball to shallow right field in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians tonight.
At the start of the sixth inning yesterday, the Astros were losing 5-0 to the A’s and had yet to record a hit. That changed pretty quickly, as the A’s completely and totally fell apart while allowing the Astros to take the lead on just three hits.
George Springer ended last night’s marathon game with a walk-off homer, and he led off tonight in similar fashion. Per Statcast, this poor baseball went a ridiculous 454 feet:
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has an unbearably cute puppy; this is not a drill. Groot looks like some kind of husky, and he enjoys chasing soft grounders.
A statement criticizing MLB’s investigation into the Cardinals hacking scandal was posted by a Twitter account that appears to be from Chris Correa, the currently incarcerated former scouting director who accessed the Astros’ internal player information database more that 50 times in 16 months.
The St. Louis Cardinals will have to pay $2 million and send their top two draft picks in the 2017 draft to the Houston Astros as punishment for former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa repeatedly logging into the Astros’ player information database.
Documents unsealed last week in U.S. District Court for the southern district of Texas reveal new details about the crimes committed by former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, who was sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking into the Astros’ player information database.
It can be a little dubious when professional athletes making literal millions complain about being treated unfairly. But within the highly skewed relative universe of superstar signing bonuses, international baseball amateurs have a distinctly viable grievance.
Folks, the Hot Stove is as cold as a popsicle being licked by Dick Cheney. There has been minimal baseball news to speak of this week, with the exception of one team. You heard about these Astros?
Brooks Marlow is a baseball player in the Astros minor league system. He would kindly like these lady broadcasters out of his face. Get off ESPN, lady broadcaster, game’s on!
The Cleveland Indians had the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning against the Astros earlier today when Lonnie Chisenhall fouled off a ball that first bounced in front of the plate.