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84-78, 3rd in AL West
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Do Devenski, Martes fit the Miller mold?

Could Astros reliever Chris Devenski and minor leaguer Francis Martes succeed in a "super reliever" role like Andrew Miller? Jim Bowden discusses. Potential super relievers (Insider)

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Martes rebounds nicely in AFL

Following a disastrous debut for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League, Francis Martes fared much better in his second outing, allowing just an unearned run on four hits while striking out two in three innings. Box score

Salary arbitration projections: Astros

All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:

  • Marwin Gonzalez - $3.6 million
  • Dallas Keuchel - $9.5 million
  • Will Harris - $2.5 million
  • Mike Fiers - $4.3 million
  • Collin McHugh - $4.6 million
  • George Springer - $4.7 million
  • Jake Marisnick - $1.1 million
  • MLBTradeRumors.com

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Delivery could be a problem for Martes

Astros prospect Francis Martes has ace-quality stuff at 20 years old, but his current delivery is problematic, Keith Law explains. Meanwhile, fellow Houston farmhand Ramon Laureano's breakout this season is looking legit. Law: More AFL scouting notes (Insider)

Remembering Hatcher's LCS heroics

Few people could have predicted Miguel Montero's pinch-hit grand slam on Saturday, but was it the most unlikely in LCS history? Billy Hatcher, who had just six home runs in 1986, could claim the title for his blast in Game 6 of that year's NLCS. Schoenfield: Improbable LCS homers

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Laureano on a tear in AFL

Astros prospect Ramon Laureano had yet another big day for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and his third stolen base in four games. Box score

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Francis Martes scuffles in AFL debut

Martes, the Astros' top pitching prospect, allowed three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched in his first start for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League on Thursday. The 20-year-old walked two and struck out two. Box score

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Astros a fit for Brian McCann?

With a weak market for catchers this offseason, sources tell Buster Olney that the Yankees might take advantage and shop McCann. The Stros, who could use a lefty bat and have Jason Castro becoming a free agent, are a possible match. The market for McCann (Insider)

Laureano has a day in AFL

Astros prospect Ramon Laureano went 3-for-5 with a triple, double, RBI and two runs scored for the Glendale Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday. Laureano led off and played left field. Box score

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

In Games 1 & 2 vs. the Giants, the Cubs will start the 2 pitchers who finished 1-2 in the league in ERA (Lester/Hendricks). Last to do that in its first 2 games of the postseason: The 2005 Astros (Roger Clemens & Andy Pettitte). That team went to the World Series.

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL West

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL West team:

  • Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
  • Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
  • Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis
  • Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz
  • Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre

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Astros condemn minor leaguer's sexist tweet

The Astros say they "do not condone" a tweet posted by one of their minor league infielders criticizing broadcaster Jessica Mendoza during ESPN's NL wild-card broadcast.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that a decision on penalties for the St. Louis Cardinals regarding one of their employee hacking into the Houston Astros' data bases could be forthcoming soon after the World Series. "It will not be a next-year resolution. We are in the process of finishing up our investigation. Candidly, I wish it had gone a little faster. I wish it had gotten a little more help a little sooner from the U.S. attorney's office," Manfred said. "But the cards come up how they come up, and we're going to finish our investigation, and there will be a resolution of that during this off-season."

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Astros' longest homers of 2016

All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  • Jason Castro - 470 feet (8/16)
  • Carlos Correa - 459 feet (4/6)
  • Carlos Correa - 454 feet (5/14)
  • Marwin Gonzalez - 451 feet (6/25)
  • George Springer - 449 feet (7/4)

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Astros finish in top half of rankings

Two things the Stros will regret this offseason: their 7-17 April and 4-15 record against the Rangers. Still, the future looks bright for Houston, led by batting champ Jose Altuve. Week 26 Power Rankings

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Astros will be back in 2017

Houston fell short of the postseason this year but still has one of the best young cores in baseball and the financial room to make some big moves. Tony Blengino expects the Stros to be in it next season. Teams that won't miss the playoffs (Insider)

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What's next for the Astros?

With Houston just barely missing the postseason, Jim Bowden lays out four objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities is adding a starting pitcher and perhaps landing one of the top free-agent catchers. To-do lists for eliminated teams (Insider)

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Jose Altuve bests A-Rod for record

Altuve finished the season with 216 hits, 24 home runs and 30 stolen bases. That gives him the most hits for any player in MLB history in a 20-HR/30-SB season, breaking the mark that was held by Alex Rodriguez (213 hits, 42 HRs and 46 SBs for the 1998 Mariners), per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Altuve, LeMahieu combine for history

Jose Altuve (.338) and DJ LeMahieu (.348) won the batting titles in the AL and NL, respectively. Since the AL was created in 1901, this is the first year in which a second baseman won the batting title in both leagues in the same season, per ESPN Stats & Info

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24724th
On Base Percentage.31919th
Slugging Percentage.41715th
Earned Run Average4.0611th
Quality Starts7713th

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