ARLINGTON — Following their 9-4 loss to the Rangers on Saturday, the Astros exchanged lefthanded relievers, optioning Reymin Guduan to Class AAA Round Rock in favor of Framber Valdez. Valdez will join the team on Sunday in Arlington. The move was not reactionary and has been planned for a while. Guduan threw two scoreless innings in Saturday's loss and finished his major league stint allowing two earned runs in 2 ⅔ innings. Valdez was initially sent down to Round Rock on April 11 to better refine his routine out of the bullpen. At the time of his demotion, the 25-year-old Dominican had not pitched in five days. At Round Rock, Valdez threw four innings with no walks and six strikeouts. He has
Astros take on the Rangers in division matchup
Astros take on the Rangers in division matchup Houston Astros (13-7, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (11-8, third in the AL West) Arlington, Texas; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.96 ERA, .83 WHIP, 27 strikeouts) Rangers: Shelby Miller (3-1, 9.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, 3 strikeouts) LINE: Rangers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Texas will host Houston in a meeting of division foes. The Rangers are 8-6 against AL West opponents. The Texas offense has compiled a .249 batting average as a team this season, Elvis Andrus leads the team with a mark of .355. The Astros are 7-7 on the road. The Houston offense has compiled a .273 batting
The 2018 season was a banner one for Justin Verlander. Though he couldn't maintain the Bob Gibson-like performance of his first two months (12 starts, 1.11 ERA), the 35-year-old Astros right-hander notched his 200th career win on Aug. 19 and struck out a career-high 290 batters, leading the American League for the fifth time. He just missed winning that elusive second Cy Young Award, finishing a very close second (to Blake Snell) for the third time in his career, but he might have punched his ticket to Cooperstown. For those who care about pitcher win totals -- a decreasing demographic, even among Hall of Fame voters -- Verlander reaching 200 wins is significant, since the only starting pitchers
Even with the penchant for being a hitter's conference, the American League boasts some of the best pitchers in the game of baseball too, which makes it a bit unfair when facing up against National League foes. The AL has always been seen as the top conference due to their willingness to throw out copious amounts of money to players, but they have been able to back up their money spending habits with championships too. With teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros, there will never be any questions about how much of a premium that teams will place on pitching, and how much they are willing to pay to have the upper echelon of arms. The Red Sox, specifically, seem to
ARLINGTON — While the Astros' most potent bats battled injury or ineffectiveness last August, Tyler White carried the lineup, providing a sorely needed power source. White slugged 25 extra-base hits in 66 games, ascending as high as fourth in an order beset by a rash of lingering ailments. Eleven of his 25 extra-base knocks came against four-seam fastballs, a pitch White has perpetually pulverized in his professional career. Feasting on fastballs is his forte, one the burly, bearded designated hitter has not harnessed this season. "When you get in your count to hit a fastball and you get that fastball, you have to hit it," White said Friday. "That's what you have to do at the big league level
Manager A.J. Hinch cared not a whit after his club's record after only four percent of the season. "There should not have been a lot of doubt out here that we were going to start to win more games at a better rate,'' Hinch said. The Astros have re-established themselves as the top club in the American League West by winning 11 of their last 12 games. They are doing everything well. They are hitting .294 with 22 homers and a .495 slugging percentage in this surge. Houston has scored 67 runs in the 12 games. The pitching has been dominant. Justin Verlander held the Rangers to one run, on Danny Santana's homer, in seven innings. The Astros' rotation is 11-1 with a 2.93 ERA in the last 12 games.
There will be no shortage of options to choose from Friday with 14 games making up the main evening slate on Yahoo. With so many players to sift through, let's jump right in and start breaking things down from both an ownership and production-potential perspective. Pitching Overview The two sexy names among the starting pitchers are Justin Verlander ($56) and Corey Kluber ($49). However, they both present some concerns. Verlander has pitched well out of the gate with a 1.04 WHIP and a 31.3 percent strikeout rate, but his one bad outing did come against the team that he'll be facing Friday in the Rangers. Like this one will be, that game was also played at the hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in
Dallas Keuchel went into this offseason looking for a long-term deal, but that contract appears not to be in the cards for the Cy Young winner. The former Astros starting pitcher is now open to one-year deals at the right price, according to Fancred Sports. If he were to sign that type of deal, he would do so planning to hit the open market again in 2020. Teams that may have interest include the Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Astros. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, though, notes with the Brewers, the team would have to give up a third draft pick this season if it were to sign Keuchel to any kind of deal, which could eliminate them from the running. It should also be noted that Brewers general
Kevin Barnhart reporting Crawfish availability is expected to be lower going into Easter weekend, which normally marks the peak of the season. The overall crop of crawfish is down this season. President of the Crawfish Research and Promotion Board David Savoy said there has been a bit of a rebound, but the recent bad weather has slowed down the harvest going into the holiday weekend. “We've caught probably between three to five inches of rain, which is good, but keeps you out of the field to some degree if it's too deep. It'll put a limit on what we catch,” said Savoy. Savoy said one possible reason the mudbugs are not hitting the traps like they should, they just simply are not out there.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Astros tailored their opening day roster to an unconventional April schedule. Four off days interspersed in the first 22 days of the regular season made carrying a seven-man bullpen feasible. A perceived spring training competition between outfielders Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick never materialized, and both garnered a spot among Houston's initial 25-man group. The next four weeks will test how much longer this structure is sustainable. Friday's series opener against the Rangers in Arlington begins a run of 26 games in 27 days, an unforgiving stretch that could require refinement to Houston's humming roster. Paring the extra position player is the logical option, one A.J.
Texas takes 4-game win streak into matchup with Houston Houston Astros (12-6, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (10-7, third in the AL West) Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 30 strikeouts) Rangers: Drew Smyly (2-1, 7.15 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 11 strikeouts) LINE: Rangers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Texas enters the matchup as winners of their last four games. The Rangers are 7-5 against the rest of their division. Texas is slugging .447 as a unit. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the club with a .607 slugging percentage, including eight extra-base hits and six home runs. The Astros are 8-3 in division