Houston Astros News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Crawfish Boxes: Is Gerrit Cole better than Justin Verlander?
I can imagine our commenters searching online to find the nearest insane asylum for me. There are a few things I want to clarify here, the first being - I'm only talking about in 2019. Obviously, Justin Verlander is on a Hall of Fame pace and his storied career is something of legend.
This probably doesn't quell most of the immediate thoughts of "this guy is an idiot". I mean let's look at the traditional stats:
Every one of them screams that Verlander has been the better pitcher. Better W-L, his ERA is 1.32 better, more IP per outing, better WHIP.
Fansided: Astros on top of MLB power rankings and rightly so
I know you don't have to be told, we all already know the Astros are the best. But after checking the major sports sites, apparently, everyone else agrees with us. USA Today, ESPN, CBS Sports, MLB.com and Yahoo Sports all have Houston as there number one team this week.
It's not just that the Astros happen to have the best record in the Majors. The claim is backed up by statistical evidence across the board. They are at, or near the top of most major categories in batting, pitching and fielding.
As mentioned before, Houston has the best record in baseball at 33-16, a .
The Crawfish Boxes: Stop Hatin on Kempin's Defensin
I read nearly every comment on this blog. They pay me to do that. I throw in my own comments every once in a while. And one theme I hear constantly is what a bad defensive outfielder Tony Kemp is. How he makes easy plays look hard. That outfield by Tony Kemp is a scary adventure. "Kempin ain't easy."
Trouble with that narrative is: it just ain't so. He is at least a league average outfielder. There are facts to prove this, so let's dig in.
In one word...JV was __________ last night. https://t.co/QCXO30uPUQ
Fansided: Justin Verlander flirts with history and the Astros keep rolling
Thanks to eight dominant innings from their ace Justin Verlander, the Astros guarantee at least a split of this four-game series.
The roof may have been closed Tuesday night for a crowd of over 31,000, and the air conditioning may have been blowing, but that didn't stop Justin Verlander from being red-hot on the mound. Astros fans gathered for the second game of a four-game set and were certainly not disappointed at the result.
Verlander threw eight innings of one-run ball, only giving up one hit, a home run to Jose Abreu in the 7th inning.
The Crawfish Boxes: Verlander sullies White Sox, Astros stroll to 5-1 triumph
Justin Verlander was dominant Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox. If not for one misplaced pitch, his performance may have been legendary.
No matter, the Houston Astros will be just fine settling with an eight-inning, one-hit masterpiece from their ace righthander, who led them to a 5-1 victory over the White Sox.
In his 45th career start against Chicago's Southsiders, Verlander came out dealing. He started the night with two strikeouts in an 11-pitch first inning. Verlander went on to punch out nine of the first 13 hitters he faced and the only blemish on his night through Chicago's first 20 batters was a walk to Yonder Alonso.
Dominant from start to finish. #TakeItBack https://t.co/ohoN7UTR5a
8 IP, 12 Ks, 1 H, 1 R #TakeItBack https://t.co/qngFcwB8W2
18 straight games with an #Astros HR.#TakeItBack https://t.co/macGbzvYda
Pia power! #TakeItBack https://t.co/MmZMRThv20
8 Ks through 4 innings. #TakeItBack https://t.co/iWVgEPMrGX
Fansided: Astros: Collin McHugh on the IL, Brady Rodgers called up
McHugh was taken out of the starting rotation and placed in the bullpen a couple of weeks ago. He has pitched only twice in relief since, the last outing on May 14. His official date on the Injured List will be retroactive to May 18. Brady Rodgers has been called up from the Astros' AAA affiliate Round Rock Express.
Collin McHugh is going on the 10-day injured list with right elbow discomfort. The Astros recalled Brady Rodgers
It's unclear how long McHugh has been experiencing the discomfort in his right elbow.
Fansided: Astros: Seth Beer debuts, four others make impact for Hooks
As we near the end of the first half of the Texas League season, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate, Corpus Christi Hooks find themselves sitting only a half game behind the Division Leading, Frisco Rough Riders.
With the additions of two new faces and the emergence of two stars, the Hooks look to push themselves into first place with the next set of upcoming games. Here's a look at the prospects who are continuing to emerge and hone their craft.
Hitter of the Week: Abraham Toro (Astros #21 Prospect)
After a slow start to the season, the Arizona Fall League MVP Toro has found his footing.
Fansided: Astros: Brad Peacock is getting his groove back as a starter
As early as May 2, Peacock's ERA was as high as 5.28. Ever since then, he's been very efficient from the mound and has dropped that ERA down to 3.59. Last night's two-hit performance is an example of how Peacock has settled back into his spot in the Astros' starting rotation.
He pitched five innings and got his third straight win with last night's 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. As stated earlier, but it bears repeating, Peacock only allowed two hits while striking out nine batters. He was keeping in the strike zone, throwing 59 strikes in 91 pitches and didn't give up one walk, although he did hit two batters.
13 Ks and 0 walks. Staff shutout for the win. #GotYourBack https://t.co/35gFu5nd3V