Houston Astros Wiretap

Astros Will Start Justin Verlander In Game 2; Zack Greinke In Game 3

Oct 22, 2019 8:41 AM

The Houston Astros have rounded out their rotation for the first three games of the World Series.

After Gerrit Cole takes the mound in Game 1, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke will follow.

As the Game 3 starter, Greinke will get to hit in the National League park.

He has a .225 career batting average with nine homers, including three this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded to Houston on July 31.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals

Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole To Face Off In Game 1

Oct 22, 2019 8:36 AM

The official starters for Game 1 of the World Series will be Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole.

Cole is on a streak of 19 straight winning decisions.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts in three starts and one relief appearance (20 innings) this postseason.

"I've been in the situation, faced really good pitchers here in the National League over the years: Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom, those guys," Scherzer said. "You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros. And you've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent. And Cole's had a terrific year. So obviously it's going to be one heck of a challenge."

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

Astros Assistant GM Taunts Three Female Reporters Over Roberto Osuna

Oct 21, 2019 9:41 PM

The Houston Astros controversially acquired Roberto Osuna following a domestic violence incident that led to a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

Osuna gave up a two-run home run to tie Game 6 of the ALCS in the top of the ninth inning, but one staffer of the Astros taunted three female reporters in their clubhouse shortly after Jose Altuve hit the series-clinching home run.

Assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters and yelled half a dozen times “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet. 

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another staffer of the Astros apologized. The franchise has declined to comment and declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

Stephanie Apstein/Sports Illustrated

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Astros Made Decision To Save Gerrit Cole For Potential Game 7 Early On

Oct 21, 2019 7:47 AM

The Houston Astros didn't use Gerrit Cole in Game 6 of the ALCS because they made the decision earlier in the week to save him for a potential Game 7.

A weather postponement altered the pitching rotation's for both the Astros and New York Yankees.

If the Yankees had won Game 6 on Saturday night, Game 7 would have been on Sunday.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Reliever Ryan Pressly Expects To Be Ready For World Series

Oct 20, 2019 12:39 PM

Houston Astros reliever Ryan Pressly said he expects to be ready for the World Series after right-knee discomfort forced him from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.


Tags: Houston Astros, Injury

Astros Installed As Heavy World Series Favorites

Oct 20, 2019 12:33 PM

The Houston Astros have been installed as the favorites over the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened the Astros as -235 favorites to beat the Nationals in the best-of-seven series. The Nationals are listed as +195 underdogs.

Game 1 is Tuesday in Houston.

At -235, the Astros are the largest favorites entering the World Series since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 to beat the Colorado Rockies, according to Sportsoddshistory.com.


Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

Oct 20, 2019 1:14 AM

Jose Altuve's walkoff home run sent the Houston Astros to the World Series on Saturday night and also clinched the AL Championship Series MVP for the veteran second baseman.

Altuve's two-run shot to left-center field with two outs in the ninth inning off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman gave the Astros a 6-4 Game 6 win in Houston. Minutes later, Altuve was handed his first ALCS MVP award, a no-doubter given his ninth-inning theatrics.


Tags: Houston Astros, Personal Award

Recap: Jose Altuve's Walk-Off Puts Astros In World Series

Oct 20, 2019 12:50 AM

Jose Altuve came up big for the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Altuve hit a walk-off home run off Aroldis Chapman to give the Astros a 6-4 victory and put them in next week's World Series against the Washington Nationals.

The game only went to the bottom of the ninth because of D.J. LeMahieu's two-run homer to right in the top of the inning.

LeMahieu's blast went into the stands just pass the outstretched arm of George Springer.

With the series schedule altered by a postponement (rain) on Wednesday, both teams used a bullpen approach with the Yankees "starting" Chad Green and the Astros going with Brad Peacock. Green gave up a three-run home run to Yuli Gurriel in the first, while Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off of Peacock in the second.

Roberto Usuna, who blew the save when LeMahieu homered, got the win after striking out Aaron Judge and getting Gleyber Torres to fly out to left.

Altuve's home run came after Aroldis Chapman got Martin Maldonado to strike out, Josh Reddick popped out to third and Springer walked.

The Astros will host Game 1 of the World Series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.


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Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap

Astros To Start Brad Peacock, Yankees To Throw Chad Green In Game 6

Oct 19, 2019 6:59 PM

The Astros will open Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night with right-hander Brad Peacock on the mound, while the New York Yankees will counter with righty Chad Green in a matchup of bullpens in Houston.

The Astros lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.


Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Recap: Yankees Beat Justin Verlander, Force Game 6

Oct 19, 2019 7:44 AM

Facing elimination, the New York Yankees got to Justin Verlander early and kept the Houston Astros in check for a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS on Friday night.

All five of the game's runs were scored in the first inning as both pitching staffs settled down after a rocky start.

George Springer, who had reached on an infield single, scored on a wild pitch by James Paxton with one out. The Astros managed just four hits over the remaining eight innings.

D.J. LeMahieu homered to right to lead off the bottom of the inning for the Yankees to briefly tie the game. New York continued to tee off on Verlander, with Aaron Judge singling and Gleyber Torres doubling to left. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks homered to set the game's final score.

New York held on for the win despite recording just one more hit in the game.

Houston started a rally in the seventh when Springer singled and Jose Altuve walked with one out. However, Aaron Boone called on Zack Britton, who quickly got out of the inning.

Verlander's final line looked better than it began. He went seven innings, striking out nine and walking none.

James Paxton lasted six innings for the Yankees, striking out nine and walking four.

The clubs will play Game 6 back in Texas on Saturday night because of Game 4's postponement earlier this week. Both teams are expected to use a bullpen approach with Gerrit Cole looming for the Astros in a potential Game 7.



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Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap

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Recap: Gerrit Cole Silences Yankees As Astros Take Game 3

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Man Injured By Foul Ball Taken To Houston Hospital

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Recap: Carlos Correa's Walk-Off Home Run In 11th Ties ALCS

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Carlos Correa Hits Walk-Off HR In 11th Inning To Tie ALCS


Giancarlo Stanton Out Of Starting Lineup In Game 2 With Quad Strain


Recap: Masahiro Tanaka Shines, Yankees Win Game 1

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Zack Greinke To Start For Astros In Game 1


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Tyler Glasnow Felt He Tipped Pitches In Game 5

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Recap: Gerrit Cole Pitches Astros Into ALCS

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