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Houston Astros News: May 30, 2017

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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Astros News

Brad Peacock has ‘mixed results’ in Astros win

Lost in the way the Astros hit over the final two innings of their win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday was the way they pitched in the first four.

Astros score 11 runs in eighth inning to beat Twins

No deficit seems too great for these Astros.

Twins' big rally trumped by Astros' bigger rally in 16-8 loss

The Twins played what felt like two full games before losing Sunday, so maybe it makes sense that they decided Monday that it counts double.

Improved plate discipline keys success for Astros' Marwin Gonzalez

In a lineup with outfielder George Springer, second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa, it is a utility man usually slotted in the seventh or eighth spot of the order who is producing the most for the Astros this season.

Rally shows why Astros are MLB's best team

They were like little kids in their dugout in the eighth inning, and maybe that's the larger lesson of these high-flying Houston Astros. Isn't this whole thing supposed to be about playing hard and having fun?

Hinch not surprised by Astros success, but looking for more

The Houston Astros have the best record in baseball and their best start in franchise history.

Around the League

Pitchers Are Slowing Down To Speed Up

Despite consternation from the commissioner and rule changes to speed up the game, baseball has never been slower than it is right now.1 Even in the short time since last season, the average delay between pitches has jumped a full second. It’s all part of a decade long trend toward more sluggish play, and there’s an alarming reason baseball’s pace problem is likely to get even worse going forward: Slowing down helps pitchers throw faster.

The unwritten rules of waiting several years to throw a baseball at Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper hit a home run off Hunter Strickland three years ago, and it had ramifications in 2017. For some reason.

Katie Ledecky wants Bryce Harper to make most of his potential suspension

After a slight tussle full-on brawl with Hunter Strickland, we are waiting to see what sort of punishment awaits Nationals’ star Bryce Harper after he charged the mound.

Yasmany Tomas struck out on a ball that hit him in the beans

This is not really how you baseball.

Mike Trout going on the DL for the 1st time in his career

The mega-star has a hurt thumb, and everything is awful.

Rockies Peaking, Not Going Away

On Memorial Day, traditionally the first good tracking point of the baseball season, we really need to talk about the team with the second-best record in the sport behind the Astros. A team that can mash like crazy, up and down its batting order. A team whose starting pitching has been a surprise, and one whose relief pitching is absolutely stacked in the late innings.