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2015 MLB Regular Season: Early Outlook, Projections

May 19th, 2015 at 2:23 PM
By Sports Media 101

With the calendar turning to spring and summer, our minds turn to baseball season. Going to the ballpark to watch the game is one of America’s oldest traditions. We get lost in the sights, sounds, and smells, and are awed by towering home runs and diving catches in the gap. Baseball provides us with an endless number of story lines and conversation topics.

Being about 25 games into the current season, we can take an early look at some teams that are looking promising so far. The Houston Astros have climbed out of MLB’s basement to the top of the AL West standings, and the San Diego Padres have used key free agent acquisitions to find themselves right in the thick of things in the NL West. The St. Louis Cardinals have been to the past four NLCS, and look like they could go again this year. While it is a small sample size, we can learn from what has happened so far and get an outlook on what the season may look like.

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Houston Astros Call up RHP Hector Ambriz

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:48 PM
By Dylan Drolette

Armando Galarraga's brief stint with the Houston Astros at the major league level has come to an end. After going 0-4 with a 7.75 ERA, Galarraga has been designated for assignment and 28 year old Hector Ambriz was recalled to the major league club. In 18 appearances with Triple A Oklahoma city, Ambriz went 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA.  This pair of corresponding moves means that the forty man roster remains full.

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Houston Astros Downed 4-2 in St. Louis

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 PM
By Dylan Drolette

At the beginning of the season, the St.Louis Cardinals scrambled to find a replacement starter for the injured Chris Carpenter. Carpenter, who anchored the staff of the 2011 World Series champions with an 11-9 record and a 3.45 ERA , was forced to miss the entire season with a nerve injury in his neck. Cardinals' pitcher Kyle Lohse happily stepped forward to fill the void left by Carpenter. While Lohse has experienced surprising success in the past, this year he has taken it to the next level. Going into this contest with the Houston Astros, Lohse had compile a 12-2 record with a 2.61 ERA and 101 strikeouts. The Houston Astros, however, had reason to be confident confident in their starter Bud Norris.  In his career Norris has a 7-3 record against the Cardinals and a sub-four ERA, including a 2-0 victory in his first career start back on August 2nd, 2009. What resulted when these two pitchers met was a good ol'fashioned pitchers' duel.

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Houston Astros Come up Empty Against Adam Wainwright and the St.Louis Cardinals

August 21st, 2012 at 11:47 PM
By Dylan Drolette

In baseball,there are certain players that just go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to facing certain teams. Whether it is a conscious effort is a question for another day, but the fact the remains is that St.Louis Cardinals' starter Adam Wainwright absolutely kills the Houston Astros whenever he faces them. Prior to tonights' game, the Georgia Native compiled an 11-1 record and a 1.59 ERA facing the Stros. To say that the Astros had a challenge ahead of them would have been a slight understatement. To oppose him the Astros sent rookie starter Lucas Harrell to the mound. In this game, Harrell appeared every inch the rookie he is.

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Houston Astros Dismiss Manager Brad Mills.

August 19th, 2012 at 10:35 PM
By Dylan Drolette

'Brad Mills' photo (c) 2010, WEBN-TV - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ Going into the 2012 season, it was a well known fact that the Houston Astros were in full rebuilding mode. As part of that effort,  Astros' owner Jim Crane  dismissed manager Brad Mills after the 12-4 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Mills, who also served as a coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox between 2004-2009, compiled a 171-275 record in 446 games as the manager of the Houston Astros.  Also dismissed were hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham. To fill Mills' place, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow tabbed long time manager of the Triple-A  Oklahoma City club, Tony DeFrancesco. DeFrancesco has served as the manger of the Triple-A Affiliate of the Astros for seventeen seasons and this is first chance to manage at the major league level. While it is not always ideal to switch managers mid season, Astros owner Jim Crane justified the move as a way to get  a head start on the interview process. DeFrancesco currently bears the "interim" tag and GM Jeff Luhnow has stated that the front office already has a number of potential candidates for the job. 

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