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TCB Astros Blue Stars of the Week: Sept 2-8

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The top defensive gems from a very good defensive team

For the first time since I started the Blue Stars I didn't have to make hard choices on which plays to highlight.  Usually there are ten (or more) videos to choose from, and I narrow them down to six or seven of the best.  I have become accustomed to it.  This week there didn't have near that number.  Even Correa only made normal, everyday plays (probably with his eyes closed to raise the degree of difficulty.)  But don't fret, the plays I did find are all Blue Star worthy.  Let's take a look...

Gomez Nails The Runner At Home (Again) - v. MIN 9/4/2015

I have the feeling that the Astros are becoming a third base coach's nightmare.  I think sooner rather than later you will stop seeing so many outfield assists because coaches won't send the runners.  Lucky for us that day hasn't come yet.  Carlos Gomez does a great job positioning himself behind the single to center and throws a bullet to Hank Conger at the plate to cut down Joe Mauer and save a run in the first inning.

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Gomez Makes A Long Running Catch - v. MIN 9/5/2015

Buxton smashed a long liner into the gap in left center field, but the speed of our outfield took care of it.  Gomez got over there in a hurry and made the running catch on a ball that probably should have (or would have) been extra bases.

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Valbuena Makes A Heads-Up Throw On Sac Bunt Attempt - v. MIN 9/6/2015

With runners on first and second and no outs the Twins attempted a sacrifice to move the runners up.  The batter bunted between the mound and first, but Luis Valbuena was charging.  He scooped up the ball and made a quick throw to Jed Lowrie (who had backed up after charging in himself) to get the lead runner Trevor Plouffe out.  Plouffe couldn't believe it, and in fact stood on the bag until his manager told him they weren't going to challenge.  Even then he didn't want to come off the bag.  I bet he felt silly once he saw the replay.

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Springer Throws Out The Speedy Butler Trying For A Double - v. OAK 9/8/2015

Another well played ball by the Houston outfield, and another outfield assist.  Springer saw the ball was going over his head and ran over to get in position to play the bounce off the wall.  It bounced right to him and he caught Billy Butler trying to stretch a long single into a double.

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