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A Royal Pain

HOUSTON — The Astros have taken game one of three from the inter-league series with the Kansas City Royals by a margin of 9-7. although, the final score does not truly dictate how much of a creaming the Astros laid on the Royals. Kansas City managed to snake five runs in the top half of the ninth inning on closer Brett Myers, who has only blown one save all year. Read more…


Pick Me a Winner!

The MLB June Amateur Draft is coming up in five days and after the Astros’ last place finish last season, both Astros personnel and fans alike are ready and excited for the draft on June 4th, and the first pick overall belonging to the Astros. Speculations are plentiful as everybody guesses who will be the Astros’ pick, but luckily, ‘Stros Bros extraordinaire, Richard Perez was able to speak with new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow about the upcoming draft back in April. Read more…

If ya Smell What the ‘Stros are Cookin’

No, the Astros did not sign WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and before I get my nostalgia going, lets dig right into what the Astros are doing right, it feels like there has not been many positive things to write about the Astros recently, but the blow out win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros, in a rare flurry of offensive explosiveness, buried the Brewers early on, going up 7-1 in only the first four innings. Another rarity for the Astros squad is only leaving three runners on base, and going 3-7 with runners in scoring position. Read more…

Son, You Are The Support

I think it’s safe to say that the Astros’ offense is basically nonexistent when it is needed most, the Astros are getting their hits in, but when it comes to bringing in runners, the Astros manage to squander the perfect situation away. From having no outs, runner on second, the Astros will leave the man on, or either move him to third and then strand him there. No doubt frustrating Astros fans and players alike, while there is no exact formula or key to the offense, it seems to be the youth and inexperience coming into effect and plaguing the Astros,  also, the fact that we have been playing against solid defenses against the Pirates and Phillies.

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Altuve the All-Star

Around this time last year, Jose Altuve was in AA Corpus Christi, silently climbing up the rank, yet nobody really knew who he was, but nonetheless, Altuve was lighting up the Texas League. Standing at only five feet five inches tall, Jose Altuve, hailing from Venezuela was denied after his first try-out, why? He was deemed to be too short to play, but the young 16 year old Altuve did not allow this set back to hold him down. He eventually worked hard enough to be looked at by the Astros and given an opportunity, and he took that opportunity and ran with it, Altuve wrecked shop during 2011, starting his season at Single A level Lancaster, batting .408, 13 doubles, seven triples, and five home runs. He also had an On-Base % of .451, Slugging %.606 and OPS of 1.057, earning him a midseason call up to Double A Corpus Christi of the Texas League, Altuve posted very similar numbers for the Hooks. Read more…

Falling Short

The Astros have once again fallen to a one run deficit, it seems that when all hope seems lost, the Astros come back and give a fight to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, behind decent pitching from Lucas Harrell who is starting to gel in his spot in the rotation, the Astros started the came strong, going up on Milwaukee 1-o after a Jed Lowrie solo home run in the first inning.

The decisive run ended up scoring on a wild pitch from none other than Brandon Lyon, a pitcher who has developed a habit for angering fans and almost losing games for the Astros  intentionally, but the blame is not entirely Lyon’s fault, well, maybe 97% of it is. The other three percent falls on the sputtering offense, the Astros are still getting their offensive legs under them and are learning how to build momentum from one another and build a rally.  Read more…

C-C-C-Combo Breakers

Since starting 3-1, the Houston Astros are playing some of the best baseball in recent years! The young, upstart Astros being overlooked, and written off as an easy win and a pushover team, but this is not the case. The Astros, though not as high-powered and glamorous as a team like the Dodgers, Blue Jays, or Rangers with the power to blast a home run at least once a night, and potential to hang up eight or more runs every night or on a consistent basis. The Astros had over 300 plate appearances without a home run, but broke the monotony by going yard twice, a two run shot from Carlos Lee, and  Jordan Schafer belting his first ever Grand Slam and the  first Astros Grand Slam since August of last season, en route to victory today behind a stellar shutout start from starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez who pitched a gem for the Astros. Read more…

Astros Take Series From Rockies

In an opening series, the young Houston Astros faced the much older and more experienced Colorado Rockies, behind the power of Carlos Lee, Brian B0gusevic, and other players, the Astros won the series two games to one. The Astros fresh off of one of their best springs in a long while, came into the series against a team that featured players that have played in the league since most of the team had even started primary school.

In the first game, the Astros opened up the baseball season at home, in Minute Main Park in front of a sell out crowd of 43,464, and the crowd got their money’s worth right off the bat in the first inning as Carlos Lee drives in his first RBI of the season, driving in Jose Altuve, who made his Opening Day debut, to put the Astros up early. The Rockies then rallied in the third to put up three quick runs on the Astros, capitalizing on an error made by starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Read more…

El Caballo’s Future in Houston


Former left fielder, now first baseman Carlos Lee is considered the main power hitter in the Astros lineup, and is a favorite for the designated hitter for the Astros in the 2013 season when the team will change leagues, from the National League to the American League. The only problem with that notion is that Lee is in the final year in his six-year – $100 million contract.

On the topic of re-signing with Houston after the 2012 season, Lee, in an exclusive interview, said “I’d be happy to do it, but that’s up to the front office and what their plans are” Read more…

Thank You, Hunter

As you all are aware of by now, Hunter Pence has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies; it’s a sad time for us Astro fans. We lost the franchise and the only bit of hope for the future that we had after bringing up the very recently successful Jose Altuve. After a horrible Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt trade, Astros fans are heart broken to lose their stars and favorite players, and when the Rangers made the World Series that year, a few unloyal Astros fans decided to jump on the bandwagon only to find themselves en route to a sinking ship. You know who you are…

With Hunter going to the highest bidder, Atlanta seems to have their eye set on snagging Michael Bourn after losing the gold prize of Hunter to the Phillies, and getting placed behind the eight ball in their division. Unless the Braves go out for Jose Reyes of the Mets in their own division, but that seems unlikely, but enough about them. Lets talk about us and what we got

Jarred Cosart: a young right-handed pitching prospect, an ERA just over 3.64 and a winning from class single A, he throws a decent curve and a good fastball in his arsenal, and was considered to be the Phillies’ top pitching prospect this year. He is going to come to Corpus and hopefully I’ll be able to see his first start in the Astros system

Jonathan Singleton: playing High A for the Phillies system and hitting .282 with 9 home runs and 47 RBIs in 92 games, he’s a lefty can be used either at left field of first base, like Carlos Lee, so if El Caballo is to be traded down the road, be expecting this guy possibly to take his place, although he is only reporting to High A Lancaster, so if Lee is indeed traded before Sunday, look for a guy from AAA to take on that role. (that goes for Michael Bourn, Drayton is technically still the owner so he’s trading away all of our talent before he leaves this sinking ship, well already sunken ship.)

Josh Zeid: a 24 righty with a 2-3 record and a 5.65 ERA as a starter (he’ll fit right in…) with 11 starts, but has a 2.25 ERA as a reliever through 10 games, so expect to see him flirting with the bullpen. He is also designated for AA assignment here in Corpus

And finally, a player yet to be named by the Phillies! Wow, that’s a shocker, expect to get a lemon here, im not expecting much, but I am very content with who we’ve got and I think we’ll do just fine, but yet again our team chemistry gets derailed by a trade.

Who is going to fill in for Hunter you ask? Well! That is simple, JD Martinez from AA Corpus Christi, that’s who! Another AA ball player is called up directly to the Astros, shocking, I know, I cant help but think that the guys up in AAA Round Rock Oklahoma City are a bit ticked off right now! I’d be upset too if a freshman got called up to the varsity before a sophomore or junior on the JV!

– Richard Perez

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