Category Archives: Astros

So close to Perfection

Astros With the Astros making the transition to the American League, they were looking to make a statement continuing their series at home. After a shocking 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros, the Texas Rangers came to the ball park looking like a whole new team. They beat the Astros 7-0, and it was led by one man Yu Darvish. He was absolutely on fire. Looking to build on an impressive rookie year, where he went 16-9, posted an ERA of 3.90, and had 221 strikeouts. Last night, he had the game of his life.

He was one out away from a perfect game, pitching 8 2/3 innings.

He had a career high 14 K’s, and allowed only 1 hit that coming in the 9th. The Rangers had an offensive break out, scoring 7 runs on 12 hits. The big blast came off the bat of Ian Kinsler who hit a bomb deep to left field off the foul pole. Lance Berkman had a good night in his return to Houston going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. That was all Darvish needed, as he was cruising from start to finish. Through 4 innings he had 9 strikeouts. The Astros couldn’t solve him at all. It was Marwin Gonzalez who would break up the perfect game with a single on the first pitch that went right through the legs of Darvish and into centre field. Continue reading

Big Changes for the Astros

Astros The Houston Astros are making a big change this year. Not only are they making changes to their logo, but they are moving from the National League Central Division to the American League West Division as well. With that move also come a lot of changes and decisions that need to be made. Some of the questions that need to be answered are: who will play first base? (Currently three people possible), who will be in the outfield? (Several possibilities), who will be the designated hitter?

(Several possibilities), and who will be the number one starter for the Astros? (Two choices: Bud Norris or Lucas Harrell).

Some do not know what to predict for the Astros in the 2013 season. While some are predicting another 100 losses this season, others are a little more optimistic. The Astros are a very young team that is probably destined to finish in last place this season in the division. Whatever the outcome, the Astros will probably be entertaining to watch. This will be a long rebuilding process and will start this season because of the switch to the American League. Continue reading

Who is Hot, Hot, Not!

ipad free wallpapersWelcome to Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, my new weekly feature where I’ll shine the spotlight on a handful of players who have killed it for their fantasy owners, plus another few whose struggles are killing their owners. Off we go!

Hottest of the Hot:

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh – For the season, McCutchen is hitting .371/.426/.644 (1st in the NL) and boasts a 1.075 OPS (also 1st in the NL). He’s smacked 22 homers, driven in 65 runs, scored 65, and swiped 14 bases. He’s already been worth 5.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement Player), which is a fantastic SEASON for most players.

His park-adjusted OPS+ is a staggering 195. That is not a typo. McCutchen has been nearly twice as good as a league-average player this season.

In short, there is no player in either league as vital to his team.

The reason he’s at the top of this list, though, is this: recently he enjoyed a stretch where he went 49 for 100 at the plate. That’s not just a hot streak; those are high school or beer-league softball numbers. Continue reading