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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2018 1:19 am 
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Correa back in the lineup for the Astros
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Mariners beat the Astros 5-2 and now they have beaten both Verlander and Cole

Correa went 0 for 3 in his return to the lineup
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PostPosted: 11 Aug 2018 1:50 am 
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Altuve won't be returning to the lineup in this homestand. He has not played since July 25th
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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2018 4:48 pm 
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Tallking last Thursday with a coworker about the Mariner - ‘stros series, I was hopeful for two wins - no way in Hell a sweep. Now 4 games back and heading to Oakland for three and then the Dodgers in Seattle (i’ll be at the first two games). Seattle has a daunting schedule remaining - lots of games against Houston, Oakland, Yankees, Dodgers, and Arizona - so I suspect Houston ultimately wins the division.

The playoffs will get interesting - looks like the wildcard will be Yankees vs second best team in the West (Houston, Oakland, or Seattle) with the victor rewarded with a series against Boston. Far better to win the division and play Cleveland, then Boston.

Regardless, lots of season remaining - hope the Mariners make it interesting (play games more like May/June than like July) and Oakland flames out (they’ve simply been on fire).

But of course, the season that truly counts begins Thu, August 30th 👍
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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2018 7:30 pm 
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A truly critical series coming home home off a 6-2 trip and with a chance to put Seattle away .... and we lost 'em all.

This Houston team is not showing the grit that last year's did.


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2018 1:43 am 
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part of the dog days - need to regroup

get Altuve healthy and in the lineup
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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2018 1:58 am 
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the Astros losing streak (5) continues as they were beaten by Colorado 5-1

Verlander pitched well : 6 IP 2 ER
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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2018 2:03 am 
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from the recap of the game:

OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) went through a full workout Tuesday and should be able to come of the disabled list when he's eligible on Friday.

Altuve, who has been out since July 25, has been running on the treadmill and is expected to begin hitting soon. Manager A.J. Hinch said there still isn't a timetable for his return.

RHP Lance McCullers (right elbow discomfort) began playing catch Tuesday in the first step toward his return.

C Brian McCann, who has been out since June 30 with a knee injury which required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.
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PostPosted: 19 Aug 2018 4:45 am 
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A's beat Astros 7-1 to tie for AL West lead


Oakland was 12 games out two months ago

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PostPosted: 19 Aug 2018 4:47 am 
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Keuchel gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Most runs he has allowed since giving up six against Toronto on late June (9 starts)


Houston offense with 2 hits
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PostPosted: 19 Aug 2018 4:52 am 
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hopefully great news:

Altuve is scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Sunday in Tacoma

It is expected to rejoin the team next week in Seattle.

Astros need to get Altuve back in the lineup
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PostPosted: 19 Aug 2018 7:05 pm 
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Astros beat Oakland 9-4 to avoid sweep

Verlander gets 200th Win
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Altuve began a rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Fresno, going 1 for 3 with a strikeout and hit by pitch
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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018 4:10 am 
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Astros start the week by losing to the Mariners 7-4

Cole started for the Astros and pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 ER)

Gonzalez was 3 for 4 (1 HR and 3 RBI) for the Astros
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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018 4:37 am 
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the Astros are expected to activate Altuve from the DL today
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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018 11:01 am 
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As AJ tries to get his real line-up back out on the field, his next dilemma is how to stop the late, losing leaks in his bullpen. These guys have not been doing the job lately, and with Houston's crying lack of overall offense, a weak bullpen has been an additional ingredient for disaster.

This has been difficult watching this ball club come undone. Losing eight out of your last ten, mostly to the AL West, has put this team in crisis mode.


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hopefully Altuve is the spark plug needed to get the engine offense running smoothly again
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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018 2:47 pm 
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TOAg wrote:
As AJ tries to get his real line-up back out on the field, his next dilemma is how to stop the late, losing leaks in his bullpen. These guys have not been doing the job lately, and with Houston's crying lack of overall offense, a weak bullpen has been an additional ingredient for disaster.

This has been difficult watching this ball club come undone. Losing eight out of your last ten, mostly to the AL West, has put this team in crisis mode.


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With this said, starting pitching has got to go more than just 5 or 6 innings IMO. They have got to be better at getting outs efficiently. But that's not what we've seen lately, forcing us to go to the pen earlier than maybe AJ would like.

He named Osuna the closer today, moving Rondon into 7th or 8th inning spots.

But we gotta get guys on & get them in.

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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2018 4:33 pm 
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Right now, Houston's Team BA is .253. Last season they finished at .282. Team runs scored and all power numbers that led MLB last year are so far off pace that they're not even close.

Saves vs. Save Opps are also a glaring eyesore this year compared to last year.


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 3:43 am 
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Astros win 3-2 in Altuve's first game back from the DL

Altuve was 0 for 3 in his return


Astros remained tied with Oakland in first place
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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 4:52 pm 
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Houston got a great MLB-debut long relief performance from somebody named Framber Valdez, who was called up from the Hooks that morning. It was another offensive struggle, but the reeling Astros scuffled back into W column. Houston's somnolent offense has scored three runs or less in 52 games already. We are 15-37 in those games.

The afternoon series finale is well underway with the Astro offense finally showing up with a vengeance. It's now 9-1, Houston, in the T5. Maldonado and Kemp are going nuts down in the bottom of the order while a 14-hit attack thus far looks like the 2017 Astros.

Charlie is on the mound and doing well, having thrown 59 pitches over the first four IPs, yielding just two hits .... and FINALLY enjoying some support.

BTW, this young southpaw, Valdez, brings a 95-mph heater, offset by a treacherous curveball.


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 4:59 pm 
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And the Rangers are 4-1 T8 on the A's.

A Texas' team sweep would be great today.... Very Happy

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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 5:03 pm 
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Yessir! We do need that!


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 5:25 pm 
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And Charlie cracks up bad in the B6.

Joe Smith ain't much help from the pen either.

It's now 9-7, still in the 6th. Brick wall



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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 5:42 pm 
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Final ....

Rangers 4, Oakland 2.

Exceptional 6-IP, one hit start from Minor, as Beltre slaps home a pair of RBIs.

The late-inning Ranger pen was again a harrowing action/adventure, but LeClerc got Nick Martini on a check-swing 3rd strike with the bases jammed in the B9.


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PostPosted: 22 Aug 2018 5:56 pm 
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Still 9-7 in Seattle moving to the B8.

Altuve's knee must feel okay, as he just stole 2B .... where Correa left him.

Rondon on to pitch the 8th for Houston.


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