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  • The Fielding Bible Awards are the less known, but more legitimate, awards for defensive excellence in baseball, voted on by a panel consisting of Bill James, BIS Video Scouts, Brian Kenny, Dave Cameron, Doug Glanville, Hal Richman, Joe Posnanski, John Dewan, Mark Simon, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer and a Tom Tango fan poll. Unlike the Gold Glove, this is an MLB wide award, and i... read more...
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  • Four Astros players who were in the majors this season are playing winter ball: shortstop Jonathan Villar, outfielder Domingo Santana, shortstop Gregorio Petit and righty David Martinez. Villar and Santana are playing in their native Dominican Republic, while Petit and Martinez are back home playing in Venezuela. Villar was in the minors for all of […] read more...
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  • Any reasonable baseball fan would know that the World Series concluded in spectacular fashion last night, on a popup with the tying run standing 90 feet away.  The Giants again do what the Giants do - play solid baseball as a team, minimise the effect of their roster weaknesses, and get some otherworldly performances from individuals.  Obviously, series-MVP Madison... read more...
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  • The Astros and three other teams have the worst chances of winning the 2015 World Series, according to the initial odds Thursday morning sent out by Bovada.lv, an online sportsbook. The Astros, along with the Rockies, Twins and Diamondbacks all sit at 100-to-1 odds. The Dodgers and Nationals are tied for the best chance of […] read more...
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  • The National Baseball Hall of Fame did something really cool last year when they made thousands of historical scouting reports available to the public. This post is part of a series in which we'll look at the reports of players that have passed through Housto... read more...
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  • Call it unimaginable. Call it unfathomable. Call it blasphemy. Whatever you call it, there is no doubt about it: Minute Maid Park would never be the same without Tal’s Hill in center field. Regardless of how far fetched it may sounds that to remove the park’s single-most recognizable landmark, that is exactly what the Houston […] ... read more...
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  • The Houston Astros were not necessarily known for their starting pitching depth during the 2014 season, a handicap that was further hampered when the team moved starter Jarred Cosart at the trade deadline. Now the depth becomes a further question with news that starter Brad Peacock will miss the start of Spring Training. Evan Drellich of […] ... read more...
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  • The decision on Tal's Hill has been a long time coming. If this had been any other season, Tuesday's news about Tal's Hill possibly going away might have qualified as the biggest "controversy" we've seen. As it stands, Tal's Hill may not... read more...
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  • He's unconventional, but his uniqueness is what makes him difficult to hit. Rarely do you see 40th round draft picks standout. Even more rarely do they stand out enough to be get featured in a series of season reviews. But that's exactly what 2013 40th round... read more...
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  • It helps when your first player interview comes with someone who is your age. Lance McCullers, Jr. selected out of high school by the Houston Astros in the 2012 draft, recently finished his 2nd full season as a minor league pitcher. In the time that Lance and I engaged in conversation, he presented his growth […] ... read more...
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  • Samuel Deduno (0-1, 5.79) vs Rafael Montero (1-3, 4.38)The bad news is that the Astros lost 2-1 on a 2-out, 2-run walkoff homer by Lucas Duda. The good news is that only one game remains in the season, so there's only one more chance for another frustrating defeat. Samuel Deduno and a trio of Houston relievers held the Mets to 2 hits for 8 in... read more...
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  • Astros pitcher Brad Peacock had surgery to remove bone spurs on his hip and likely won’t be ready in time for the start of spring training. Peacock is in Florida for rehab but may not be ready for the season opener, either. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow described the procedure  as fairly routine. The hip bothered […] read more...
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