Showing posts with label Astros. Show all posts
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Mets News: Mets will get to play Astros and Blue Jays in Spring Training

Mets News:

The Mets are on the verge of getting a pair of new spring-training neighbors.

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays plan to move into a new facility to be built in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Astros owner Jim Crane told the Houston Chronicle.

That is about a 45-minute drive from the Mets' home in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

It gives the Mets two additional teams within proximity, varying the opponents from a steady dose of seeing the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves in recent years.

The Mets had needed to make two-hour-plus bus trips to face non-division opponents as teams in recent years left the Atlantic side of the state, including the Los Angeles Dodgers moving to Arizona and the Baltimore Orioles leaving Fort Lauderdale for Sarasota.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mets might share Digital Domain Park with Astros

Astros owner Jim Crane toured the Mets' Port St. Lucie Spring Training complex on Saturday morning, arriving via private helicopter. The Mets hope to convince the Astros to share their Digital Domain Park complex, potentially replacing one of the teams that have moved away from Florida's Atlantic coast in recent years. The Astros' current lease at Osceola County Stadium expires in 2015.

In particular, the Mets can no longer play the Dodgers or Orioles, two teams that used to train within a two-hour drive from their complex. Currently, only three clubs are situated within a 90-minute drive of the Mets: the Marlins, Cardinals and Nationals (who are also rumored to be considering a move). Two others, the Astros and Braves, train approximately two hours away.

Three of those five teams, which combined to constitute 81 percent of the Mets' spring schedule this year, are members of the National League East. That has been an issue for the Mets, who have kept their starting pitchers out of games on multiple occasions so as not to overexpose them to division opponents.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recap: Spring Training Game 25 - Pelfrey Redeems Himself, Wright Slams the Astros

Final Score: NY Mets 9, Houston 1

David Wright crushed a grand slam during a seven-run fourth inning as the New York Mets took care of the Houston Astros, 9-1, in Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Josh Thole finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Ruben Tejada, Mike Pelfrey and Ronny Cedeno all knocked in runs for the Mets. Pelfrey picked up the win after giving up just one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Jason Castro drove in the lone run for the Astros, while starter Livan Hernandez was tagged for eight runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over 3 2/3 frames.

Box Score:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recap: Spring Training Game 18 - Mets whack-around Astros 8-2

Final Score: NY Mets 8, Houston 2

Omar Quintanilla smacked a three-run double and Ruben Tejada added a solo home run to go with two runs scored as the New York Mets defeated the Houston Astros, 8-2, in spring training action.

Rob Johnson had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for New York and starter R.A. Dickey allowed a run on one hit and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Wandy Rodriguez allowed four runs -- two earned -- on six hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Justin Ruggiano had two of Houston's four hits.

R.A. Dickey had a good outing pitching 6.1 innings, only giving up 1 hit, 1 run..

Box Score:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Recap: Spring Training Game 15 - Pelfrey Rocked Again, Mets Lose Again in Astros Romp

Final Score: Houston 9, NY Mets 5

Carlos Lee hit a three-run home run to lift the Houston Astros to a 9-5 win over the New York Mets in Grapefruit League play.

Lee finished the game 2-for-3 with five RBI while Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI in the win for the Astros. Livan Hernandez lasted three innings in the start and was tagged for four runs on five hits with three walks over three innings.

Ronny Cedeno and Ron Johnson each hit a solo home run in the loss for the Mets. Mike Pelfrey saw his earned run average balloon to 14.90 as he gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Box Score:

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Recap: Spring Training Game 2 - Mets (SS) lose to Astros 4-1

Final Score: Houston 4, NY Mets 1

Brad Snyder hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Chris Snyder added a solo homer in the fourth as the Houston Astros posted a 4-1 win over the New York Mets in spring training action.

Wandy Rodriguez started for Houston and gave up one hit over three scoreless innings.

Josh Satin had two hits and drove in the only run for the Mets. Chris Schwinden got the start for New York and allowed three runs -- one earned -- over two innings of work.


Monday, March 05, 2012

Ex Met F-Mart Goes Deep in Astros Debut

Fernando Martinez's debut with the Astros couldn't have gone any better.

Martinez, an outfielder who was claimed off waivers from the Mets in January, made his first Grapefruit League start for the Astros on Sunday against the Nationals and went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and a walk as the team's designated hitter.

"I need the opportunity to play a couple of games and maybe they want to see me and how I play in the outfield and how I run the bases," said Martinez, a former top prospect of the Mets whose career has been marred by injury. "I'm working hard every day. It's simple. It's like anything -- just enjoy the game and play hard."

The Astros also got homers on Sunday from catcher Chris Snyder, who belted a solo shot off Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and left fielder J.D. Martinez, who went 1-for-2 with a three-run blast and a bases-loaded walk en route to four RBIs in his first start of the season.

"I was just trying to see pitches and came up in that spot and was trying to hit the ball," J.D. Martinez said. "[Pitcher Tom Gorzelanny] was just trying to come in and he left it in the middle instead of coming in, and I was able to get to it."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fernando Martinez going, going, gone... to the Astros

The Astros claimed Martinez, tweets ESPN NY's Adam Rubin.  They had the first crack at Martinez in the waiver process, with MLB's worst record in 2011.

Baseball America named Martinez one of the top 100 prospects in the game before each of the 2007-10 seasons, and at age 23, he's worth a 40-man roster spot for new Houston GM Jeff Luhnow.

Injuries, selectivity, and plate coverage have limited Martinez thus far, wrote Baseball America a year ago.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Red Sox Trade SS Jed Lowrie and P Kyle Weiland for P Mark Melancon

According to , the Red Sox acquired reliever Mark Melancon from the Astros for shortstop Jed Lowrie and starter Kyle Weiland, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first tweeted that Weiland was traded in a deal that involved a reliever going to Boston. 

The deal marks the first trade involving major leaguers by Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington since taking over their respective roles.

Melancon, 26, turned in a 2.78 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 71 appearances last season.  The right-hander won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season and won't hit free agency until after the 2016 campaign.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

NL Wild Card Alert: Braves land CF Michael Bourn from Astros

Braves GM made a splash today by acquiring center fielder Michael Bourn and cash from the Astros for center fielder Jordan Schafer, southpaw Double-A starter Brett Oberholtzer, righty Double-A starter Paul Clemens, and righty Triple-A reliever Juan Abreu. The Astros announced the deal via press release.

None of the three pitchers are top 50 prospects, but they did rank ninth, 26th, and 27th respectively for the Braves on Baseball America's preseason rankings, and the team has a highly-regarded farm system. Oberholtzer, 22, ranked ninth and is seen as a potential third or fourth starter in the big leagues. Clemens and Abreu both have big upside and impressive fastballs.

Braves flirted with the idea of making a trade for Carlos Beltran , but they were not serious about trading top prospects for him.

The Astros on the other hand have one of the worst minor-league organizations in terms of depth and this could help replenish their system
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