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68-62, 2nd in AL West
Dickerson hits his 18th long ball of the season (0:18)
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Astros make a difference on defense

Just how valuable with the glove is left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the mound? And is Colby Rasmus' outfield arm the best in the majors? Baseball Info Solutions provides the answers. Measuring baseball skills (Insider)

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Keuchel finally takes down Tampa Bay

In six previous starts against the Rays, Dallas Keuchel's ERA stood at 5.11 while the Astros had averaged only 1.33 runs in those games, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. Things changed Saturday, as Keuchel led the Stros to a 6-2 win.

Lineup: Astros (68-61) vs. Rays (54-74)

  • 1. George Springer, RF (R)
  • 2. Alex Bregman, 3B (R)
  • 3. Jose Altuve, 2B (R)
  • 4. Carlos Correa, SS (R)
  • 5. Yulieski Gurriel, DH (R)
  • 6. Marwin Gonzalez, LF (S)
  • 7. A.J. Reed, 1B (L)
  • 8. Jason Castro, C (L)
  • 9. Jake Marisnick, CF (R)
  • SP: Doug Fister, RHP
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Alex Bregman keeps bashing away

After failing to go deep in the first 19 games of his MLB career, Bregman now has five homers in his last 11 games, ESPN Stats & Info notes. The 22-year-old hit a two-run shot on Saturday.

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How does McCullers rank in pitching tools?

Lance McCullers has been on the DL twice this year, but that hasn't stopped his curveball from being one of the best in baseball. How does it fare in our rankings? Keith Law breaks it down. Ranking pitching tools (Insider)

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How do Astros rank in intangibles?

Is Colby Rasmus one of baseball's top baserunners? And where does Collin McHugh rank when it comes to inducing weak contact? Dan Szymborski breaks it down. Ranking "intangible" tools (Insider)

Enron Field was a bust

With the White Sox soon to be playing at Guaranteed Rate Field, David Schoenfield took a look back at other bad ballpark names. Enron Field was supposed to be the home of the Astros -- until the energy company went bankrupt after a fraud scandal in 2001, one year after it agreed to a naming rights deal with the team. Bad ballpark names

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Gattis sticks out among late bloomers

Evan Gattis, who debuted with the Braves in 2013 at age 26, has hit at least 20 homers in each of his four MLB seasons. Only three other players to debut at 26 or older have hit 20-plus home runs in their first four or more MLB seasons, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Bob Johnson (first nine, 1933-41)
  • Dan Uggla (six, 2006–11)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (five, 2012-16).

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Is Lance McCullers' injury a concern?

McCullers missed his first seven starts with shoulder soreness and went on the disabled list with elbow issues in early August. Although the Astros have yet to declare him out for the season, they plan to exercise caution with him, Jerry Crasnick writes. Injury questions for contenders

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Alex Bregman on bench for Team USA?

By the time the Tokyo Olympics are here, Bregman will have several years of experience under his belt and could have played a few different positions on the infield. If the best U.S. players were allowed to participate, he'd be a valuable member. Schoenfield: 2020 U.S. Olympic dream team

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Valbuena may miss rest of the season

Luis Valbuena suffered a setback in his recovery from a right hamstring injury that may require surgery. Valbuena is seeing a doctor and if he needs surgery, it likely rules him out for the rest of the season, reports Jake Kaplan. Houston Chronicle

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Is Altuve baseball's best contact hitter?

Jose Altuve makes a strong case with his MLB-leading .364 average this season, but is that enough to top the likes of Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt, among others? Keith Law offers his opinion. Best hitting/speed tools in MLB (Insider)

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Fister continues to be a road warrior

Doug Fister notched his team-leading 12th win this season on Monday -- nine of which have come on the road. That's a new single-season career high and ties Fister with Jake Arrieta, Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer for the MLB high in road victories this season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

Stats & Info

Astros, Pirates meet at opposing junction

With Monday's win in the series between the two teams, the Astros have now won their last four games after losing four in a row. For the Pirates, their current streak is the exact opposite.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

In the first game of a critical series for both teams, Doug Fister outdueled Jameson Taillon as the Astros beat the Pirates. Taillon made one mistake as Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Alex Bregman added an insurance run with a HR in the ninth. By the way, after that 1-for-32 start, Bregman is hitting .312/.365/.558.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24724th
On Base Percentage.32215th
Slugging Percentage.42115th
Earned Run Average3.959th
Quality Starts67Tied-10th

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