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  • @astros • 1h

    Fansided: Astros Jose Altuve named AL Championship Series MVP

    Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve may be small in stature, but he is big in heart and determination. He would be the last to admit it, but he is the embodiment of this team. The team's camaraderie, grit, and inspiration centers around Jose Altuve and that's why he's the player hoisted up by his teammates. That's what earns him the series MVP. Oh, and he plays baseball pretty well too.

    "The playoff version of him is spectacular. He's turned himself into a star in his career here, and yet he's remained humble, he's remained hungry.

    Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve may be small in stature, but he is big in heart and determination. He would be the last to admit it, but he is the embodiment of this team. The team's camaraderie, grit, and inspiration centers around Jose Altuve and that's why he's the player hoisted up by his teammates. That's what earns him the series MVP. Oh, and he plays baseball pretty well too.

    "The playoff version of him is spectacular. He's turned himself into a star in his career here, and yet he's remained humble, he's remained hungry.

  • @astros • 4h

    Fansided: Astros: Unsung heroes of the ALCS win vs Yankees

    Jose Altuve was named ALCS MVP, and rightfully so. He was the best player the Astros had this series, and his walk-off home run in Game Six was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits in franchise history.

    But they wouldn't have made it to that point without contributions from several key players. Baseball is, after all, a team sport, and this team won the pennant together. Here are some players who may not have been MVPs, but played big roles in helping the Astros advance to the World Series.

    Brantley was the team's second-best hitter in the ALCS.

    Jose Altuve was named ALCS MVP, and rightfully so. He was the best player the Astros had this series, and his walk-off home run in Game Six was undoubtedly one of the biggest hits in franchise history.

    But they wouldn't have made it to that point without contributions from several key players. Baseball is, after all, a team sport, and this team won the pennant together. Here are some players who may not have been MVPs, but played big roles in helping the Astros advance to the World Series.

    Brantley was the team's second-best hitter in the ALCS.

  • @astros • 12h

    The Crawfish Boxes: BREAKING: The Houston Astros are Going to the 2019 World Series

    Bottom of the ninth. Tie game. 2 outs. George Springer on first. Jose Altuve at the plate.

    The Houston Astros are going to the 2019 World Series courtesy of an ALCS Game Six Jose Altuve walk-off home run.

    Game recap forthcoming from scottydouble.

    In the meantime, let's celebrate and turn the comments section blue!

    Bottom of the ninth. Tie game. 2 outs. George Springer on first. Jose Altuve at the plate.

    The Houston Astros are going to the 2019 World Series courtesy of an ALCS Game Six Jose Altuve walk-off home run.

    Game recap forthcoming from scottydouble.

    In the meantime, let's celebrate and turn the comments section blue!

  • @astros • 13h

    Fansided: Astros take ALCS over Yankees, World Series bound!

    Managers AJ Hinch and Aaron Boone were playing a game of chess with their relief pitchers, each making their move and counter move, pitcher against pitcher, inning after inning. Fourteen pitchers later, it was the Astros checkmating the Yankees. Houston takes the American League Crown and the privilege to move on to the World Series.

    The Astros wasted no time, scoring three runs off of Chad Green in the first inning. Jose Altuve started it off with a line-drive double to center field, followed by Alex Bregman reaching on a walk two batters later.

    Managers AJ Hinch and Aaron Boone were playing a game of chess with their relief pitchers, each making their move and counter move, pitcher against pitcher, inning after inning. Fourteen pitchers later, it was the Astros checkmating the Yankees. Houston takes the American League Crown and the privilege to move on to the World Series.

    The Astros wasted no time, scoring three runs off of Chad Green in the first inning. Jose Altuve started it off with a line-drive double to center field, followed by Alex Bregman reaching on a walk two batters later.

  • @astros • 15h

    The Crawfish Boxes: Altuve Blast Wins the Pennant! Astros are going back to the World Series!

    Jose Altuve won the American League Championship with one swing of the bat, cranking a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman to send the Houston Astros back to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.

    Can you believe it?

    Yes way, Jose.

    That's your ALCS MVP. And he was most deserving, delivering the Astros third pennant in franchise history after an absolutely crushing top half of the ninth.

    The Astros had a two-run lead and needed just three outs from their closer Roberto Osuna to end the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

    Jose Altuve won the American League Championship with one swing of the bat, cranking a two-run home run off Aroldis Chapman to send the Houston Astros back to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.

    Can you believe it?

    Yes way, Jose.

    That's your ALCS MVP. And he was most deserving, delivering the Astros third pennant in franchise history after an absolutely crushing top half of the ninth.

    The Astros had a two-run lead and needed just three outs from their closer Roberto Osuna to end the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

  • @astros • 21h

    Fansided: Astros vs Yankees Game 6: A battle of the bullpens

    With the Astros up three games to two over the Yankees, manager A.J. Hinch has announced that today's game will be on the shoulders of the relievers out of the bullpen. Gerrit Cole will be held back to start game seven, if necessary. In turn, Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be going the same route and utilizing his pen.

    Hinch will plan for a bullpen game Saturday in Game 6. Unlikely to use Cole per AJ. #astros #TakeItBack

    Hinch has yet to announce which reliever will be on the mound when Slim Thug yells "Play Ball" at 7:08 tonight.

    With the Astros up three games to two over the Yankees, manager A.J. Hinch has announced that today's game will be on the shoulders of the relievers out of the bullpen. Gerrit Cole will be held back to start game seven, if necessary. In turn, Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be going the same route and utilizing his pen.

    Hinch will plan for a bullpen game Saturday in Game 6. Unlikely to use Cole per AJ. #astros #TakeItBack

    Hinch has yet to announce which reliever will be on the mound when Slim Thug yells "Play Ball" at 7:08 tonight.

  • @astros • 23h

    The Crawfish Boxes: ALCS Game 6 Thread. October 19th, 2019, 7:08 CDT. Yankees vs Astros

    October baseball. Nothing more exciting. And sometimes, like last night, nothing more frustrating.

    It was the first playoff game ever in which both teams scored all their runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Yankees scored four. The good guys only scored one. So now it's game 6, but the Astros have two chances to close out the Yankees on their home field, whereas the Yanks have to win both games to advance to the World Series.

    It's a bullpen game for both teams, and conventional wisdom says this favors the Yankees. But on the Astros' side, their pen has not been used as much this series, has looked good when it has been used, and the opener is Brad Peacock.

    October baseball. Nothing more exciting. And sometimes, like last night, nothing more frustrating.

    It was the first playoff game ever in which both teams scored all their runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Yankees scored four. The good guys only scored one. So now it's game 6, but the Astros have two chances to close out the Yankees on their home field, whereas the Yanks have to win both games to advance to the World Series.

    It's a bullpen game for both teams, and conventional wisdom says this favors the Yankees. But on the Astros' side, their pen has not been used as much this series, has looked good when it has been used, and the opener is Brad Peacock.

  • @astros • 1d

    House of Houston: Houston Astros: Brad Peacock should start Game 6 followed by bullpen

    Houston Astros fans -- the unthinkable happened last night in Game 5. Our team's efforts to climb out of a 4-1 early hole in the game were futile, even as plays were made to turn the tide. The team had a chance to eliminate the New York Yankees on their home field last night and although that storyline would be accentuated as too good to be true, it definitely a scenario that was plausible.

    Things were promising at the start with George Springer being able to score off a wild pitch by James Paxton at the top of the first inning but it was DJ LeMahieu's homer off Justin Verlander at the bottom of it where they put up a showing that did not relent the rest of the way.

    Houston Astros fans -- the unthinkable happened last night in Game 5. Our team's efforts to climb out of a 4-1 early hole in the game were futile, even as plays were made to turn the tide. The team had a chance to eliminate the New York Yankees on their home field last night and although that storyline would be accentuated as too good to be true, it definitely a scenario that was plausible.

    Things were promising at the start with George Springer being able to score off a wild pitch by James Paxton at the top of the first inning but it was DJ LeMahieu's homer off Justin Verlander at the bottom of it where they put up a showing that did not relent the rest of the way.

  • @astros • 1d

    House of Houston: Houston Astros: Team should bench Kyle Tucker; stick with Josh Reddick

    The Houston Astros have yet another opportunity to punch their ticket to the World Series if they play their cards right and win tonight's game against the New York Yankees. They will have an opportunity to do so against their own home crowd and it's certainly going to be the loudest it has been this season inside the building with all that's at stake.

    I'm sure the Houston Astros would've loved to take care of business in last night's Game 5 but it was DJ LeMahieu that got the best of Justin Verlander early in the first inning followed by an Aaron Hicks homer that brought Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres in that put a exclamation point on the statement that the Yankees were looking to make in what was an elimination game for them.

    The Houston Astros have yet another opportunity to punch their ticket to the World Series if they play their cards right and win tonight's game against the New York Yankees. They will have an opportunity to do so against their own home crowd and it's certainly going to be the loudest it has been this season inside the building with all that's at stake.

    I'm sure the Houston Astros would've loved to take care of business in last night's Game 5 but it was DJ LeMahieu that got the best of Justin Verlander early in the first inning followed by an Aaron Hicks homer that brought Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres in that put a exclamation point on the statement that the Yankees were looking to make in what was an elimination game for them.

  • @astros • 2d

    The Crawfish Boxes: ALCS Game 6 Recap: Astros fail to close out series in Yankee Stadium, 4-1

    The Astros remain a game away from clinching the pennant, dropping Friday night's game against the Yankees 4-1.

    At first, it looked like the Astros might be able to build off of their Game 4 (relative) offensive explosion, or maybe the Yankees would continue their late-game defensive meltdown. George Springer started things off with an infield single that James Paxton failed to glove, then moved around the bases on a passed ball, fielder's choice, and wild pitch. Michael Brantley walked in there as well, Paxton was building up a big pitch count, and it looked like a big inning could be in the works.

    The Astros remain a game away from clinching the pennant, dropping Friday night's game against the Yankees 4-1.

    At first, it looked like the Astros might be able to build off of their Game 4 (relative) offensive explosion, or maybe the Yankees would continue their late-game defensive meltdown. George Springer started things off with an infield single that James Paxton failed to glove, then moved around the bases on a passed ball, fielder's choice, and wild pitch. Michael Brantley walked in there as well, Paxton was building up a big pitch count, and it looked like a big inning could be in the works.

  • @astros • 2d

    Fansided: Astros: Offense sputters as Yankees avoid ALCS elimination

    ALCS Game Five started much like Game Four went, with the Astros scoring a run off a wild pitch. But things quickly took a turn for the worse and the team never recovered, losing 4-1 to the Yankees on Friday.

    The loss means the series will shift back to Houston for a Game Six at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. In all likelihood, it will be a bullpen day for both clubs. AJ Hinch declined to name a starter in his postgame interview, but Jose Urquidy appears the most likely candidate.

    ALCS Game Five started much like Game Four went, with the Astros scoring a run off a wild pitch. But things quickly took a turn for the worse and the team never recovered, losing 4-1 to the Yankees on Friday.

    The loss means the series will shift back to Houston for a Game Six at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. In all likelihood, it will be a bullpen day for both clubs. AJ Hinch declined to name a starter in his postgame interview, but Jose Urquidy appears the most likely candidate.

  • @astros • 2d

    The Crawfish Boxes: Astros Crawfish Boil: October 18th, 2019

    Game 4 is in the books and the Astros now stand one win away from their second World Series berth in 3 years (Houston Chronicle)
    One of the heroes from Game 3 was Carlos Correa, who is now the youngest player in MLB history to hit 10 postseason homers (La Vida Baseball)
    Another was Ryan Pressly, who shut down the heart of the Yankees' lineup at a pivotal moment in last night's game (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
    Greinke made the big outs yesterday but wasn't dominant, and Chirinos took some of the blame for that (Astros.

    Game 4 is in the books and the Astros now stand one win away from their second World Series berth in 3 years (Houston Chronicle)
    One of the heroes from Game 3 was Carlos Correa, who is now the youngest player in MLB history to hit 10 postseason homers (La Vida Baseball)
    Another was Ryan Pressly, who shut down the heart of the Yankees' lineup at a pivotal moment in last night's game (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
    Greinke made the big outs yesterday but wasn't dominant, and Chirinos took some of the blame for that (Astros.

  • @astros • 2d

    The Crawfish Boxes: Zack Greinke: Another Astro profile in courage (and other passing thoughts on the Astros scene)

    Who would even think to gain an advantage for your team by taunting an opposing player in this way? Taunting someone you suspect might be somewhat unstable in order to put them over the top so your team can win? And of those few diabolical enough to conceive such a plan, how many would actually have the pure hate to carry it out?

    This kind of bullying is outrageous when carried out by children in a school yard. But for grown adults it is purely demonic.

    I love sports. I love baseball. I love the Astros. But's let's never forget, in the end, it's just a game.

    Who would even think to gain an advantage for your team by taunting an opposing player in this way? Taunting someone you suspect might be somewhat unstable in order to put them over the top so your team can win? And of those few diabolical enough to conceive such a plan, how many would actually have the pure hate to carry it out?

    This kind of bullying is outrageous when carried out by children in a school yard. But for grown adults it is purely demonic.

    I love sports. I love baseball. I love the Astros. But's let's never forget, in the end, it's just a game.

  • @astros • 2d

    Fansided: Astros: 1 Win away from the AL pennant. Justin Verlander or not?

    And most Astros fans are probably on the side of -- Just finish the series. Let our boys come home and rest up for the next battle.

    On the flip side, if the Astros lose Game 5 with Verlander on the mound, how do Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) pan out? Shouldn't we just throw a bullpen game tonight and save JV for Game 6? In the event we can win with the bullpen instead, this saves JV for Game 1 of the WS.

    This is the subject of much-exhausted debate. No matter what side of the coin you land, here's some discussion to help us all trust in AJ Hinch's decision to start our #1 guy in Game 5.

    And most Astros fans are probably on the side of -- Just finish the series. Let our boys come home and rest up for the next battle.

    On the flip side, if the Astros lose Game 5 with Verlander on the mound, how do Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) pan out? Shouldn't we just throw a bullpen game tonight and save JV for Game 6? In the event we can win with the bullpen instead, this saves JV for Game 1 of the WS.

    This is the subject of much-exhausted debate. No matter what side of the coin you land, here's some discussion to help us all trust in AJ Hinch's decision to start our #1 guy in Game 5.

  • @astros • 2d

    The Crawfish Boxes: Yuli Gurriel is due for a breakout

    The Astros are currently sporting a 3-1 lead in the ALCS over the Yankees, which is somewhat a wonder considering how Game 1 went down last Saturday. A word of caution, though: The series isn't over. Both clubs have areas in where they can improve, which may determine how this series concludes this weekend.

    Take Houston's lineup as an example. While the unit has started to show signs of life over the past few games, it still isn't operating at the full "Death Star" status that we became accustomed to during the regular season. For a club with a historic offense that is still struggling overall in the postseason, the fact that they are up in the ALCS speaks to how well the pitching staff has held up and the quality of timely hits when they needed it the most.

    The Astros are currently sporting a 3-1 lead in the ALCS over the Yankees, which is somewhat a wonder considering how Game 1 went down last Saturday. A word of caution, though: The series isn't over. Both clubs have areas in where they can improve, which may determine how this series concludes this weekend.

    Take Houston's lineup as an example. While the unit has started to show signs of life over the past few games, it still isn't operating at the full "Death Star" status that we became accustomed to during the regular season. For a club with a historic offense that is still struggling overall in the postseason, the fact that they are up in the ALCS speaks to how well the pitching staff has held up and the quality of timely hits when they needed it the most.

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