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The Astros officially introduced A.J. Hinch as their new manager at a press conference Monday.

Hinch, who most recently served as vice president and assistant general manager with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks during part of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, going 89-123. He interviewed with the Astros after the 2012 season before the team picked Bo Porter but this time beat out nine other candidates for the job. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Hinch is "well-versed with the team’s emphasis on statistical analysis."
Sep 29 - 6:50 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

This confirms a report from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who wrote that Hinch was "close" to being hired. The Astros are expected to make an official announcement of the hiring at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tom Lawless finished out the season as manager after Bo Porter was fired in early September, but the Astros decided to go another direction for 2015. Hinch, who recently served as vice president and assistant GM with the Padres, previously managed the Diamondbacks from 2009 through the middle of 2010.
Sep 29 - 4:26 PM

Nick Tropeano was touched up for four runs on six hits and three walks over just five innings in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

He recorded just one strikeout, needing 85 pitches to cover the five frames. Tropeano didn't embarrass himself in his brief major league audition -- posting a 4.57 ERA over four starts -- but the 24-year-old could probably use a bit more seasoning at Triple-A.
Sep 28 - 4:40 PM

Jose Altuve had a double and an RBI single in four at-bats Sunday to finish with a major league-best .341 batting average for the season.

Altuve talked his way into the lineup and wound up extending his American League batting crown lead with Victor Martinez going 0-for-3. The tiny second baseman finishes the year with a fantastic .341/.377/.453 batting line, seven homers, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He was easily the most valuable second baseman in fantasy this season and among the most valuable overall.
Sep 28 - 4:12 PM

Jose Altuve is starting at second base on Sunday after all.

Altuve originally wasn't in the lineup as an organizational decision in order to protect his American League batting title lead. However, the diminutive second baseman was passionate about wanting to play (and outrage on social media likely also played a part) and the Astros caved.
Sep 28 - 12:43 PM

Jose Altuve is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

He has started 156 games this season but will sit the last one out. Assuming he doesn't make a pinch-hitting appearance, Altuve will finish the year with a major league-leading .340 average and 223 hits (if Victor Martinez and his .337 mark doesn't catch him).
Sep 28 - 11:05 AM

Samuel Deduno threw four scoreless innings Saturday in a spot start against the Mets.

Deduno surrendered just one hit and one walk in the start -- his first as a member of the Astros. Deduno could be in the running for a rotation spot next spring, depending on what Houston does this offseason.
Sep 27 - 10:12 PM

Chad Qualls picked up his 19th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Friday's 3-1 win over the Mets.

Qualls, who has been bothered by a hip injury lately, had blown two of his previous three attempts. He had no issue getting past the Mets on Friday, however. Qualls is now 19-for-25 in save opportunities with a 3.33 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio.
Sep 26 - 10:45 PM

Brad Peacock got a no-decision, lasting just 4 2/3 innings despite allowing one run in Friday's victory over the Mets.

Peacock was actually in line for the loss until the Astros staged a sixth-inning rally. He made one mistake, resulting in a solo home run for Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning. Overall, he gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Peacock did not have great results in 2014, finishing with a 4-9 record, a 4.72 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and a 119/70 K/BB ratio.
Sep 26 - 10:42 PM

Jose Altuve's RBI single in the sixth inning was the start of a three-run rally that led to Friday's win against the Mets.

Altuve finished 1-for-4 on the night. He singled in the tying run and later scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning after Mets starter Jon Niese had left the game. The performance lowered Altuve's September batting average to .378 (34-for-90). He's had a spectacular season, hitting .342/.378/.454 with 56 stolen bases and 85 runs scored.
Sep 26 - 10:39 PM

The slumping Jon Singleton is not expected to start any of the three games against the Mets this weekend.

Singleton is in an 0-for-23 funk that includes 18 strikeouts to push his season line down to .168/.287/.336. He's struck out 133 times in 92 games. The only way Singleton would be used as more than a pinch-hitter is if Chris Carter's nagging back injury acts up. "Very hard, very difficult," Singleton said. "Any time you go out and you’re not successful it’s hard. You have to continue to try to stay positive. When you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it."
Sep 26 - 10:14 AM

Scott Feldman took a tough loss after allowing one run in six innings Wednesday against the Rangers.

The middle wasn't so great, but Feldman started (1.69 ERA in April) and ended (1.91 ERA in September) on high notes in the first year of his three-year, $30 million contract with the Astros. Overall, he was 8-12 with a 3.74 ERA. That has to be just about what the Astros were looking for from him.
Sep 24 - 11:26 PM

Brett Oberholtzer struggled Tuesday, giving up nine hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

Oberholtzer had at least two baserunners in each of the first three innings but managed to escape the jams. He was unable to do the same in the fourth, when a Robinson Chirinos home run and, later, a Dan Robertson RBI single plated runs. Two more hits in the fifth inning ended Oberholtzer's night. The left-hander fell to 5-13 with a 4.39 ERA overall in what was likely his final start of the 2014 season. With some established starters and young emerging stars, he'll enter spring needing to earn his spot in the Astros' rotation.
Sep 23 - 11:06 PM

Samuel Deduno will make his first start for the Astros on Saturday against the Mets.

Deduno was claimed off waivers in late August but has only pitched 4 2/3 relief innings so far for the 'Stros. He holds a 6.52 ERA in eight starts and 3.41 ERA in 26 relief appearances this season and can be avoided for streaming purposes.
Sep 23 - 6:18 PM

Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a sac bunt on Monday to raise his average to .231.

Grossman was hitting .220 prior to his current five-game hitting streak. He's been a fixture in the Houston lineup lately with George Springer out, but ideally, he'll be a fourth outfielder next year behind Springer, Dexter Fowler and either Jake Marisnick or perhaps an offseason addition. If the Astros don't add a starter, then Grossman will probably get a chance to battle for Marisnick's spot.
Sep 22 - 11:00 PM

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