After spending parts of six seasons in the minor leagues, the Astros' Jordan Jankowski made his major league debut in the ninth inning Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
The composition of the Astros' deep position player group is designed to prevent many games like Wednesday's. Even when missing a cornerstone like Carlos Correa, their lineup is still plenty potent.
This was the inning Daniel Norris was supposed to fall apart. The inning his youth would show. The Detroit Tigers had seen it so many times in the past.
Through more than a quarter of the season, the Astros have attempted to steal bases much less frequently than they did in A.J. Hinch's first two years at the helm, a trend the manager correlated to the strategies of opposing defenses as well as roster make-up.
Dallas Keuchel told reporters Wednesday that he should be on track to return from the 10-day disabled list and start for the Houston Astros on Saturday.
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman had sold Yankees ownership on the idea of delayed gratification last summer when the club traded Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, and Andrew Miller prior to the deadline.
Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the next steps for MLB and Mexico, the resurgence of the curveball, and the hometown discount as a lie.
Writers, players, and managers alike often invoke the idea of “plate coverage” as a holy grail. See for example Mike Axisa’s take in 2016 on how Trevor Story’s plate coverage fueled his impressive start.
How Jonathan Lucroy, once baseball’s best receiving catcher, started losing strikes.
The Cleveland Indians shortstop was already a superstar, but now he’s one of the best power-hitting middle infielders in baseball. If he keeps it up, he’ll become MLB’s best non–Mike Trout position player. His secret? Well, he doesn’t really know.
Major League Baseball was well represented at the 10th annual Sports Business Awards on Wednesday with five nominations and three awards. Commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand at the Marriott Marquis in New York City to accept one of the night's biggest prizes, League of the Year, on behalf of MLB.