2007-01-25T18:56:59.976-08:00Now we are in part two of the lookat the 2007 Astros. Today we take a closer look at the middle infielders.
2007-01-24T18:49:13.983-08:00Today I will start a series of post looking at the Astros team for 2007. Today is the corner infielders.
2007-01-23T19:43:24.203-08:00Hey everyone I have recently been asked to write an Astros Blog for a new site. The blog can be found at www.baseballbiosphere.com/astros There are also blogs for other teams with more to come. Don't worry though this blog will live on but I would also like you to read the other as well. Thank you.
2007-01-22T20:10:06.860-08:00Sad news over the weekend about Vern Ruhle. On Saturday night at a hospital in Houston He died of complications from a transplant while being treated for cancer. He was currently a pitching coach for the Cinncinatti Reds. He will surley be missed by the baseball world.
2007-01-19T22:19:18.190-08:00Well this off season the Houston Astros have been much busier than lately. It all started off with the Carlos Lee signing. I'm still on the fence about this move it brings a nice addition to the offense that was desparetly needed but for a little to much money and to long luckily he only has a partial no trade clause at the end of it allowing us to move that contract.
2007-01-15T21:38:09.423-08:00Well a few days ago the Astros as expected signed former Astro Richard Hidalgo to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. I personally love this move there's no risk involved in it and he is able to recapture some of that magic from 2000 this could really help the stros offense. He is said to be in much better shape than last time he was here back in 2004 before the trade to the Mets. This most likely means the end of the line for jason lane who has likely seen his last days as an Astro. With the somewhat shaky defense in the outfield this upcoming season Hidalgo's defense will be essential. Also if he can still hit he'd be a perfect platoon partner for Luke Scott.
2007-01-04T18:45:45.206-08:00Well the Astros are close to signing 2nd baseman Mark Loretta to a one year deal worth 2.5 million. As you may recall Loretta was briefly an Astro in 2002 after a trade on august 31 with the Brewers. Finally Loretta is back in houston. This signing is probally the best move Purpura's made since taking overas GM. This strenghtens the bench. Loretta will lkely see alot of time at a number of positions. He plays all 4 infield positions. He will also bring some much needed leadership to the club that was lacking last year. Many people speculate that this move will mean a trade is coming but i nessciarily don't see it that way although it does give you more options and can be more open to trades.
2006-12-12T20:09:56.763-08:00Well today Purpura pulled the trigger on a big trade today. The initial reaction is that the stros got ripped off well at first it seems like that but not when take a longer look at it. First let start by me telling you what the trade was just in case you haven't heard already. The Rockies traded Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio to houston in exchange for Willy Tavares, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh. The latter is the one most are upset about or excited depending on who's point of view your looking at this from.
2006-11-25T17:37:49.450-08:00Hey everyone sorry I haven't written any post in a while just been busy. Well The Astros have been busy especially this week. They earlier resigned Biggio which was a no brainer. Then The day after Thanksgiving aka Black Friday came and the stros did some Christmas shopping of thier own. Unfortunately they weren't able to find any good deals. they signed Woody Williams to a 2 year deal worth 12 million. Then they signed Carlos Lee to a six year deal worth $100 million. No that was not a typo they really gave him that much. Now the big questions remaining are will pettitte and Clemens return but they shouldn't wait around for the awnser.
2006-09-11T17:37:26.380-07:00The Astros have over the weekend pulledc to within 5 games of the Cards for the division. They start thier series with them tonight in St. Louis. Pettitte was scheduled to make the start tonight but has been pushed back until tomorrow. Taylor Buchholz was called up to start the game.
2006-09-11T17:37:04.343-07:00The Astros have over the weekend pulledc to within 5 games of the Cards for the division. They start thier series with them tonight in St. Louis. Pettitte was scheduled to make the start tonight but has been pushed back until tomorrow. Taylor Buchholz was called up to start the game.
2006-08-29T20:41:25.786-07:00With the Astros coming home after winning their last three games and getting back to within 3.5 games of the wild card they took on the Brewers with Oswalt on the hill. With Roy pitching on his 29th birthday the Astros defeated the Brewers 10 - 3 and after the game they rewarded Oswalt with a new contract. His contract is for 5 years and $73m with an option for a sixth year. I love that the Astros went ahead and locked him up longterm and they got a very good deal. Willy's hitting streak ended tonight at 30 games and he was hit by pitches a couple of times tonight. Lane came off the bench to deliver the huge grand slam to put the game away.
2006-08-20T16:59:40.406-07:00In a somewhat shocking move today the Astros have designated Eric Munson for assignment. He had started the first three games of the series against the Brewers coming into today and even hit a homerun during the series. But he did only have a .204 batting average so its not to shocking. Well they have called up J.R. House from Round Rock who had just continued his great hitting since being promoted from AA. House had previously been in the majors with Pittsburgh in 2003 and 2004. He quit baseball for a year to play football and had a shoulder injury which required surgery. In AA he had been catching a lot but when he was moved to AAA he mainly played First base due to Round Rock already having enough catchers. If you remember earlier in the year when Clemens was pitching at Corpus Christie House was his catcher during that game.
2006-08-19T22:00:30.573-07:00The Astros lost tonight to the Brewers in the game started by Wandy Rodriguez wh was sarting in place of Oswalt. Backe had earlier in the day been placed on the DL. Well during the game Fernando Nieve came in and pitched in relief. He left the game after 1 inning with a strained right elbow. He will likely be placed on the DL now as well. If he does go on the DL The Astros will probally call up Sampson or Albers to replace him. Oswalt will start on Wednesday if his wrist is better if not the Astros are in serious trouble. Thats not to say they aren't already in trouble. The Astros are only 4 games back of the Wild card but just can't seem to put any wins together every time they win a game they lose two or three in a row. Byseptember the Astros will be looking at the future and callup a lot of young players and let them play. Pence and House should come up September 1st and start until the end of the season.
2006-08-19T14:52:52.043-07:00Brandon Backe was placed on the DL today with a strained ligament in his right elbow. This is the same injury he had at the beginning of the season which kept him out for over 3 months. Wandy Rodriguez was called up to replace him on the roster. Roy Oswalt who had a bruised wrist in his last start was scheduled to pitch tonight but was likely to miss this start will not start tonight and it will be Wandy instead. The Astros lost last night after winning the first game of the series to the Brewers on Thursday.
2006-08-16T16:21:41.456-07:00The Astros concluded a three game series with the cubs today and lost 1-0. They also lost last nights game in the 18th inning. Brad Lidge came into the game in the ninth with a one run lead but once again blew the save. Finnally Garner has decided to take Lidge out of the closers role. He has decided to go with a closer by committee. Hopefully Nieve will get some opportunitys to close games. The Astros are now on a 5 game losing streak and now will be heading out on the road. First up is the Brewers. Hirsh will be making his second start and will be opposed by Ben Sheets. This will be another tough game and could extend the losing streak. Willy Taveras extended his hitting streak to 18 games today which is the longest hitting streak by an Astros this season.
2006-08-14T17:04:30.640-07:00On Sunday afternoon the Astros lost to the Padres for the second game in a row and lost the series. But its not all bad because they are still only 5 games behind the Cards for the division and 3 1/2 back of the Reds for the Wild Card. The Astros now start a three game series with the Cubs tonight. Carlos Zambrano goes for the Cubs while Oswalt takes the hill for the stros. Zambrano has been really good against us this year so it will be a tough game to win.
2006-08-12T15:56:56.640-07:00Well we finnally got the answer to question about who would be gone to make room for Hirsch and earlier today Tim Purpura announced that Wilson was DFA. Now the club has 10 days to trade him or he can choose to become a free agent after 10 days. Hopefully the Astros will be able to pick up at least a minor league player in a trade. The move makes some sense he has recently lost his playing time to Luke Scott who has been on fire since being called up. But what some people don't realize is Peston was 2nd on the club in rbis and despite his homeruns not being up as much as his career numbers he was hitting consitently.
2006-08-10T18:32:16.240-07:00The Astros have really cuaght fire recently wining 6 of their last 8 games and are trying to sweep the Pirates tonight with Clemens on the mound. In last nights game the Astros had a huge blow out win. Aubrey Huff hit 2 homers and Roy Oswalt hit a homerun of his own. The Reds and Cardinals played a series against each othe this week and the Astros have been able to gain ground in the Wild card race. With a win tonight the Astros will only be 2 1/2 games back. the Astros are currently leadin 2-0 after four innings.
2006-08-05T11:54:29.076-07:00Alright a lot has happened since i last updated the blog. Its been a while because my computer was broken so sorry i haven't made any new post latley. Since i last updayed the Astros resigned Clemens in june and at the all star break made a trade to get Aubrey Huff from Tampa Bay. I like the trade to get Huff but I still don't like giving up Zobrist to do it. By the way since Tampa Bay trade julio Lugo to the Dodgers Zobrist was called up this past week to start at shortstop. The month of July was not good to the Astros as they almost fell out of the race. But in the past week with the Astros winning the series at San Diego and the Cards an d reds struggling the Astros have managed to stay in the race. They are six games out of the division and four out of the wild card.
2006-05-07T17:01:46.236-07:00This weekend in colorado the Astros were swept by the Rockies. In game onew Buchholz pitched a very good game but Lidge blew the save in the ninth. The Astros lost the game. Saturday they agian lost and also lost Chris Burke. While playing right field he went back to the wall running full speed and hit the wall injuring his shoulder. It is the same shoulder he injured last September while diving for a catch in centerfield. The Astros placed him on the DL and have called up Joe McEwing from Round Rock to take his place on the roster. The Astros then got beat again today as the Rockies cvompleted the sweep.
2006-04-28T20:36:34.900-07:00Tonight as the Astros went to Cincinnati and had Roy Oswalt who was 15-0 against the Reds in his career and Lance Berkman who always hits very good in Cincy the game looked like it was going to be an easy win but the game just didn't work out as planned. The game had a lot of runners on base for both teams but a lot of them were left on base. Roy gave up 3 runs during his time in the game then the bullpen came in and gave up a couple more making the lead 5-2 for cincy going to the ninth. Wilson hit a homerun to right in the game. In the top of the ninth former Astro David Weathers gave up a two run homer to Lance to make it a 5-4 game but got the final outs to give the Reds the win. The homer was the 30th forLance in his career against the Reds. Pettitte will go to hill tomorrow for the Astros aginst HarangR
2006-04-26T20:52:42.540-07:00Last night in an exciting game preston Wilson broke out of his slump as he drove in two runs and scored another. The game went to 14 innings and was the longest regular season game in MMp history. The game ended when Wilson hit a sac fly to drive in the winning run. Early in the game Adam Everett was hit by a pitch on his hand and he left the game. X-rays showed that there was no broken bones and he is day to day. Brad Ausmus was ejected from the game in the ninth inning.
2006-04-24T20:42:10.273-07:00The Astros began thier series tonight with the Dodgers, Pettitte pitched a good game going 7 innings and gave up only one run. The Astros scored a run early on a Asmus rbi double. They game was very close the whole time. The Dodgers tied up the game at 1 in the seventh. Lance Berkman broke the tie in the eight with a homerun to left center. Lidge came in in the ninth with a one run lead and gave up a leadoff triple to Lofton and followed that with two walks. Nomar came to the plate with the bases loaded and only one out and took Lidge deep for a grand slam giving the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. The Astros record now stands at 13-6.
2006-04-23T15:25:12.126-07:00The Astros completed a sweep of the Pirates today as Roy Oswalt got his fourth win of the season. Biggio leadoff the game by hitting a leadoff homer and finished the day with 4 hits and was a triple shy of the cycle. Ensberg hit his 9th homer, he has now hit a homerun in 7 of his last 8 games. Roy pitched 7 innings giving up 1 run on six hits and struck out seven. The Astros now improve thier record to 13-5.