Astros Sweep Orioles With 3-2 VictoryAstros manager A.J. Hinch did not go to his closer, Ken Giles with a one-run lead in the 9th. Instead Brad Peacock finished the game. He pitched the final three innings.
Verlander Comes Out Of Bullpen To Help Astros Advance To ALCSVerlander replaced Astros starter Charlie Mortin in the fifth inning and promptly gave up a home run to move a 2-1 lead to a 3-2 deficit. The Red Sox brought on their ace pitcher Chris Sale in the 5th inning as well and after the Verlander home run the two pitchers used to starting did their best shut out reliever work.
The Astros Are Partying, But They Know More Work Still Needs To Be DoneWhile the Astros do have a lot of veterans who have on some very good teams and have clinched divisions before, it's not the case with a number of younger Astros who are experiencing this for the first time.
Astros Hope To Win A.L. West On SundayThe Astros magic number is down to one, but even once the division is locked up, the team still has other goals in mind before the end of the season.
The Astros Sweep The Mets With 8-6 WinThe Mets kept trying to make it a game, but they would not get the big hit to retake the lead and they'd end up leaving 21 people on base.
Josh Reddick Exits Game In The Fourth InningThe Astros would announce later in the game, Reddick left with a mild concussion, not further updates were made available.
3T - Astros OF Josh ReddickRich and Ted talked with Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick. They discussed the Astros hot start, him adding veteran leadership, the origin of their championship belts, his love of wrestling, and more.
5 Reasons Josh Reddick Is The Most Important Astros Player For Continued SuccessYes, Jose Altuve is the spark plug. Dallas Keuchel is the Cy Young. Lance McCullers is the soon to be ace. Carlos Correa is the best pure player. But Josh Reddick is the key. He's the guy who will be able to do what is needed for this team on and off the field. Here's why.
Ric Flair Supports Astros Fan's "Woo!" Craze For Josh ReddickWhen you head to the park for your next Astros game. Bring your "Woo!"
Astros Pick Up 5-1 Win Over AngelsJosh Reddick supplied most of the Astros offense Wednesday night driving in two runs himself while also scoring three times.
Never Give Up In Fantasy Baseball, Even If It Seems Hopeless With Five Weeks LeftDepending on your fantasy baseball league's structure, there's either one week to go before the head-to-head playoffs begin or five weeks to go to the end of the Rotisserie season. Regardless, you should never give up on your fantasy team, no matter what place it occupies in the league standings. Since other owners will give up, you can use that to your advantage in order to finish as high as possible. Your roster just may end up surprising you in the end.
Jose Altuve's 4-Hit Night Not Enough As Astros Blow Late Lead To A'sThe Astros had it all working, with Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel dominating through 6 innings. Will Harris blew a late lead, and the A's walked Houston off in extras to take the series with a 4-3 win.
Why Pitching Is The Hardest Thing To Rely On In Fantasy BaseballMost fantasy baseball owners plan their draft around picking pitchers that threw well last year. But as we all learn, sometimes things don't go as planned. Pitchers can get hurt; their performance can drop off for a number of reasons, sometimes without rational explanation. The hardest part for the fantasy owner is accepting that the present season is different than past seasons, and it's sometimes better to just admit you drafted wrong instead of stubbornly sticking with bad pitchers all season—and losing the league.
When It Comes To Fantasy Baseball, Always Beware Wrist And Foot Injuries On Your RosterStrange as it may seem, not all injuries are created equal in sports. In baseball, any kind of hand/wrist injury can really impact a hitter's ability to turn on a fastball, and those players trying to come back from such injuries often struggle at the plate. Likewise, foot injuries are hard to overcome for hitters and pitchers, especially if it's to a plant foot that gives the player power to swing or throw the ball.
Patience Is Not A Virtue One Month Into The Fantasy Baseball SeasonIf you have veterans who are not performing after one month of the season, it's time to let them go. Someone else has to chance them on the roster; you need players performing right now. So shelve your emotions and make the tough choices that other owners can't—and won't—make. It will help you win in September.