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2016 Schedule
84-78, 3rd in AL West
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Will Joe Musgrove step up in 2017?

Alex Bregman should build upon his rookie successes, but don't forget about Musgrove. The 24-year-old excelled in his MLB debut and should work into an expanded role as either a starter or reliever, Tony Blengino writes. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

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Astros among MLB's best teams

With the additions of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick, the Stros could have the most prolific offense in the majors. However, their rotation still has a lot of question marks. Where does Houston rank on Buster Olney's list? Top teams (Insider)

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Are the Astros MLB's best defensive team?

The Stros were really good last year in the field and could continue to improve with Brian McCann and Josh Reddick now in tow. Does Houston's additions push it to the top spot on Buster Olney's list? Top defenses (Insider)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Wed.'s HoF election will likely expand list of expansion teams' players in Hall. Expos (Raines & Guerrero), M's (Martinez), Astros (Bagwell) & Padres (Hoffman) candidates could join their teams' Carter & Dawson, Griffey Jr. & Johnson, Biggio and Gwynn. Pudge Rodriguez would be first electee whose primary team was expansion Tex/Was.

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Two former Astros make it on ESPN's ballot

ESPN's 17 Hall of Fame voters cast their ballots, and Jeff Bagwell (82.4 percent) and Roger Clemens (76.5 percent) got over the 75 percent threshold. Billy Wagner fell way short at 11.8 percent. ESPN's HOF ballot

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Astros should be among big boppers

Houston's lineup contains speed and power with the likes of Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Buster Olney does have questions related to some of Jeff Luhnow's offseason additions. Top 2017 lineups (Insider)

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6 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

Four minor league players were suspended Friday for 50 games following positive tests for banned stimulants, and two more were suspended following their second positive tests for drugs of abuse.

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Biggio weighs in on Hall of Fame voting

Jerry Crasnick spoke with Craig Biggio and other Hall of Famers to discuss the various issues surrounding induction. Does character count in Cooperstown?

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McCann among Olney's top catchers

Brian McCann has had nine straight seasons of 20 or more homers. In eight of the past 11 seasons, McCann has posted more than 70 RBIs. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top catchers (Insider)

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It's about that time again

Spring training is nearly here! Houston pitchers and catchers will begin workouts in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Feb. 15 and will be joined by the full squad on Feb. 18.

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Springer among Olney's top right fielders

George Springer led the majors in plate appearances, with 744, and sparked the Astros after being moved into the leadoff spot. He scored 116 runs, with 29 doubles, five triples and 29 homers. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top right fielders (Insider)

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Is Correa baseball's best shortstop?

Carlos Correa had a very productive first full season while battling through some injuries. Evaluators continue to see him as a future MVP who is going to put up big-time power numbers. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top shortstops (Insider)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Jose Altuve scored 115 more fantasy points in 2016 than 2015, using ESPN's standard scoring. That was partly due to his less-discussed improvements: Career-high 8.8 percent walk rate, career-best .942 OPS against righties, career-high .196 well-hit average.

Astros rank high, but have a void to fill

The Astros' acquisitions of veterans Josh Reddick, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann should complement the team's young core. Houston desperately needs another top-of-the-rotation starter to increase its chances of playing in October. Bowden: Midwinter Power Rankings (Insider)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

All-Unemployed Team's starting rotation: Jason Hammel, Doug Fister, Colby Lewis, Tyson Ross, Jered Weaver

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

It's the 1st All-Unemployed team of 2017! 1B) Mike Napoli 2B) Chase Utley SS) Erick Aybar 3B) Luis Valbuena LF) Brandon Moss CF) Michael Bourn RF) Jose Bautista DH) Mark Trumbo C) Matt Wieters

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Astros still seeking starting pitching

Houston's early splashes in free agency helped improve its offense, but the team will now look to beef up its rotation. The Astros have talked to the White Sox about Jose Quintana but could look at other options. Contenders' holes (Insider)

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Who could be the Astros' Ben Zobrist?

Tony Kemp doesn't have a position in Houston, but his career numbers in the minors prove that he deserves a shot in the majors. Having played second base and the outfield, he fits the utility profile. A Zobrist for every team (Insider)

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.0611th
Quality Starts7713th
WHIP1.2911th
BAA.25613th
Runs72415th
Batting Average.24724th
On Base Percentage.31919th
Slugging Percentage.41715th

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