Buster Olney talks to Jake Kaplan of The Athletic about the latest with Roberto Osuna, how the team's bullpen compares to the 2017 club, how A.J. Hinch will line up the rotation heading into the postseason and more.
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The record-setting Red Sox delivered on big preseason expectations, but the other six have up-and-down tales to tell.
The Astros reached 100 wins for the second straight season, beating the Blue Jays 4-1 Tuesday night behind Alex Bregman's two-run homer. Houston was assured of its second straight AL West title hours later when Oakland lost at Seattle.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Josh James may be pitching himself onto the postseason roster for the Astros with another solid start, allowing one run in five innings. He sat 95 to 98, can hit 100 in relief, and could give them some length as a long man if needed. A.J. Hinch has a crowded bullpen of relievers to choose from, but James has been electric this month.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
How great has the Houston pitching staff been? Here's a telling number, courtesy of @SlangsOnSports. The Astros have allowed 520 runs, on pace to allow 540. Since the AL instituted the DH in 1973, the fewest runs allowed in a non-strike season by an AL team is 551 by the '74 A's.
Astros reliever Roberto Osuna has agreed to a peace bond and must comply with a series of conditions for one year or face criminal charges.
Blue Jays closer Ken Giles is sticking to his criticism of his former team, the Astros, a position that has drawn a rebuttal from Houston manager A.J. Hinch.
Don't be surprised if you see pitchers such as Clayton Kershaw jogging in from the pen more than ever this fall. Here are the best options for double duty in the playoffs.
Astros closer Roberto Osuna was jeered on each pitch while closing out Houston's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back home runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Monday night to move one step closer to their second straight AL West title.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
El primera base de los Astros de Houston, Yuli Gurriel, fue nombrado el Jugador de la Semana de la Liga Americana. El cubano bateó para .462 con 8 carreras anotadas, 3 dobles, 3 jonrones y 10 carreras impulsadas en 6 partidos para ganar su primer galardón de Jugador de la Semana.
Charlie Morton left Houston's 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday after one inning because of discomfort in his pitching shoulder, a potential problem for the World Series champions as they close in consecutive AL West titles.
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six dominant innings, Jose Altuve capped a nine-run eighth with a two-run homer, and the Houston Astros rallied for a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam and a two-run homer on his way to a career-high seven RBI, and the Houston Astros clinched a postseason berth by routing the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 on Friday night.
The Gurriel brothers gave opposing teams headaches Friday night, with Toronto's Lourdes collecting two home runs and two RBIs against the Rays and Houston's Yuli collecting two home runs and seven RBIs against the Angels.
Buster talks to Keith Law about the Dodgers coming together at the right time, the level of concern over Boston's stumble & more (:33). Plus, a conversation with the great Dan Shulman (23:32), Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (35:23) and Josh acts out the dialogue of the guys who found the Red Sox's AL East championship banner (15:26).
In baseball, 5-foot-9 is the new 6-4. Boston's Mookie Betts and Cleveland's equally compact Jose Ramirez are pint-size sluggers who are built for big moments.
Robinson Cano drove in three runs, three players homered and seven pitchers combined for a five-hitter in Seattle's 9-0 rout of the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
Buster recaps all of Tuesdayâs MLB action, including a comeback win for the Yankees, the emergence of Josh James for the Astros, an update on Trevor Story and much more.
Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning that helped the Houston Astros to a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach's first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1 on Monday night.
The American League might be riding high, but the National League teams that must win or go home will command center stage.