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Team W L Pct GB RS RA Diff Home Road East Cent West L10 Streak
x-Anaheim9864.605-77363014352-2946-3519-1424-943-333-7L 3
y-Oakland (E)8874.5431072957215748-3340-4120-1217-1738-385-5W 1
Seattle (E)8775.537116345548041-4046-3518-1519-1441-355-5W 4
Houston (E)7092.43228629723-9438-4332-4916-1814-1835-413-7L 2
Arlington (E)6795.41431637773-13633-4834-4710-2314-1933-437-3L 1

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Astros Tab Hinch As Next Manager

2017 Roster Far From Set
added 09/28/2014 by Bob Hulsey
Are the building blocks in place for a Worlds Championship team in 2017? Hardly.

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October 1 - This Date in Astros History
October 1 - This Date in Astros History
October 1

2005 - Roger Clemens adds career win number 341 and career strikeout number 4,500 while Craig Biggio sets a personal best with his 26th homer of the year in a 3-1 victory over Chicago. More importantly, the triumph snaps a two-game skid and clinches a tie for the N.L. Wild Card spot. Clemens also becomes the fifth Astro hurler to claim the league ERA title (1.87). The next day, Roy Oswalt clinches with his 20th victory, a 6-4 thriller that ends when Brad Lidge notches his 42nd save .
1998 - Bill Spiers singles home Ricky Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over San Diego in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. Jeff Bagwell brings home the first three runs while Derek Bell adds a solo shot. A two-run homer by Jim Leyritz ties it for the Padres, setting up the dramatic end. The series is tied at 1-1.
1997 - Atlanta clubs the Astros, 13-3, to take Game Two of the N.L.D.S. The Braves go up, 2-0, in the series. Eight walks from Mike Hampton does not help Houston's cause.
1980 - A bases-loaded double by Terry Puhl keys a 5-2 victory over Atlanta. Vern Ruhle fires his third straight complete game to increase his record to 12-4. Houston leads the Dodgers by two games with four to play.
1965 - A liner by pitcher Robin Roberts falls between outfielders Curt Flood and Mike Shannon. The two collide and infielder Dal Maxvill has to run down the ball. Roberts gets a two-run double out of it which keys a 4-2 triumph over St. Louis. It's the 281st career win for the future Hall-of-Famer. The Astros would finish the year with a 65-97 record and draw over two million fans in their first year at the Dome.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      off        --
9/02      ANA      W 8-3
9/03      ANA      W 4-1
9/04      off        --
9/05     @OAK      W 4-3
9/06     @OAK*     L 4-3
9/07     @OAK*     W 4-3
9/08     @SEA      L 4-1
9/09     @SEA      W 2-1
9/10     @SEA      W 5-2
9/11      off        --
9/12     @ANA     L 11-3
9/13     @ANA      L 5-2
9/14     @ANA*     W 6-1
9/15      CLE      W 3-1
9/16      CLE      L 4-2
9/17      CLE      L 2-0
9/18      CLE      L 2-1
9/19      SEA     L 10-5
9/20      SEA     W 10-1
9/21      SEA*     W 8-3
9/22     @TEX      L 4-3
9/23     @TEX      L 2-1
9/24     @TEX      L 5-1
9/25      off        --
9/26     @NYM      W 3-1
9/27     @NYM      L 2-1
9/28     @NYM*     L 8-3
* - day game.

April record:   9-19
May record:    15-14
June record:   12-15
July record:    8-17
August record: 15-14
Sept record:   11-13

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Houston Astros recap - 09/28/14 - Altuve Wins 3 Titles; Astros Lose Finale
Altuve Wins 3 Titles; Astros Lose Finale
70-92 Club Now Seeks New Manager

Altuve: Crown jewel of lineup
(c) Associated Press
Jose Altuve was left out of the starting lineup Sunday to protect his batting average lead. But Altuve insisted on playing and still won the title in an 8-3 loss to the Mets which closed the regular season.

Altuve spanked an infield hit and a ground rule double to finish at .341, claiming the first batting title in Astros history. He not only had the best mark in the American League but the top percentage in the majors of all qualifiers.

And that's not all. Mighty Mouse led the majors in hits with 225, smashing Craig Biggio's team record of 210 in the process. He also led all American Leaguers with 56 stolen bases.

It was a bittersweet day overall at the Replacement Shea. Long Island native Nick Tropeano had over 100 friends and family supporting him in the stands but allowed four runs over five innings and took the loss. Former Astros prospect Bobby Abreu called it quits after a very successful 18-year career.

The 70-92 Astros showed a 19-win improvement from 2013, second only to the Angels among big league clubs. Chris Carter led the team in home runs (37) and RBIs (88), both career highs. Dallas Keuchel (12-9, 2.93 ERA) and Collin McHugh (11-9, 2.73) emerged to become the top two hurlers on the club while Chad Qualls led the team in saves (19).

Houston still finished with the fourth-worst record in the majors and will take the second and fifth spots in next June's draft. They get the second pick as compensation for not signing the first overall pick this summer.

In the coming weeks, the Astros will announce a permanent manager for next season. Interim skipper Tom Lawless looked promising for awhile but the team ended on a 3-9 tailspin that may have ruined his chances. A host of names have been floated and some have already interviewed. It won't really matter who gets the job since the Astros seem to want puppets in these posts who will back the policies of the front office first and foremost.

Decisions will need to be made about free agents and players eligible for arbitration. The front office will also need to consider bolstering the roster for next year with a name player or two. Finally, the broadcast rights saga may, at long last, be coming to a close if bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur rules for the new DirecTV/AT&T partnership's bid to take over CSN-Houston and negotiate new carriage deals that should expand the number of homes that can actually view the marvelous Mr. Altuve and his friends in their own living rooms.

It should be relatively quiet around Texas and Crawford while the post-season is played out but you can expect the Astros will be busy once the bell rings on a new winter off-season. The time is fast approaching that the Astros can no longer rely on worn excuses to not be competitive. Fans will expect to see a further upswing next season.

- Bob Hulsey

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Altuve's season sparks Astros' improvement - Associated Press
Iowa native Hinch hired to manage Astros - Associated Press
Astros hire A.J. Hinch as manager - Sports Network
New hire understands manager/GM dynamics - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow confident about hire after enduring rift with Porter - Houston Chronicle
A.J. Hinch hired as new Astros manager, says he wants to ‘shock the world’ - Houston Chronicle
Astros bringing back pitching coach Brent Strom as part of A.J. Hinch’s staff - Houston Chronicle
Get to know new Astros manager A.J. Hinch - Houston Chronicle
Hiring of Hinch gives GM a rare second chance to get it right - Houston Chronicle
Hinch approaching task of leading Astros with plenty of optimism - Houston Chronicle
Dipoto, Qualls recall Hinch’s time with Diamondbacks - Houston Chronicle
Photos: A look at Astros managers through the years - Houston Chronicle
Hinch hiring a bold move by Astros - Astros.com
Altuve's star shines in Houston - Sports on Earth
Astros to hire A.J. Hinch as manager - Houston Chronicle
Batting title leads to front page presence for Altuve - Houston Chronicle
A look at the Astros' 2014 season from A to Z - Houston Chronicle
Astros set to hand managerial reins to Hinch - Astros.com
Fans can vote for Aaron Award nominee Altuve - Astros.com
Astros take leap forward in eventful 2014 season - Astros.com
Altuve claims first batting crown in Astros history - Astros.com
Astros hope to boost offense, look to youth next season - Astros.com
A.J. Hinch's second chance - Fox Sports
Altuve opts to play, claims AL batting title - New York Post
Altuve wraps up Houston's first batting title - Associated Press
Astros change course, put Altuve in lineup after original decision to protect AL batting lead - Associated Press
Astros lose final game, win season - Crawfish Boxes
Altuve wins first batting title in Astros' history - KHOU-TV
Altuve wins AL batting title - ESPN
After Internet outrage over benchine, Astros play Altuve - Boston Globe
Astros let Altuve play after changing their minds, hearing Twitter outrage - Newark Star-Ledger
Altuve’s two hits seal batting title as Astros drop season finale - Houston Chronicle
Tropeano draws hometown fans to season finale - Houston Chronicle
Lawless upbeat about future - Houston Chronicle
Astros’ win-total increase second only to Angels - Houston Chronicle
Photos: Altuve’s record-setting 2014 season - Houston Chronicle
Altuve’s .341 season by the numbers - Houston Chronicle
Altuve back in lineup after Astros told him he would sit with batting title on line - Houston Chronicle
Altuve claims first batting crown in Astros history - Astros.com
Altuve's two hits in finale lock up batting title - Astros.com
Managing or not, Lawless plans to be in uniform in '15 - Astros.com
Houston BBWAA recognizes Altuve, Keuchel, McHugh - Astros.com
Altuve Wins 3 Titles; Astros Lose Finale
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2017 Roster Far From Set - Astros Daily
Record-breaking year cements Altuve's place among stars - Houston Chronicle
Preview: Astros at Mets - Sports Xchange
Mets 2, Astros 1 - Reuters
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Lawless leaves pitcher hanging after making double switch - Yahoo! Sports
Jose Altuve: The cornerstone - House of Houston
Sipp strengthened Astros' bullpen in 2014 - CSN Houston
Banister interviews for Astros manager job - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Listach, DeFrancesco, Lawless interview Saturday for Astros’ manager - Houston Chronicle
Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister interviews with Astros for managerial opening - Houston Chronicle
Astros fall to Mets on Duda’s walk-off home run; Altuve goes 0-for-4 - Houston Chronicle
Long Island's Tropeano set for start in front of family, friends - Astros.com
Altuve takes slim lead in AL batting race into final day - Astros.com
Sipp, Astros lose shutout bid on walk-off homer - Astros.com
Astros interview three candidates for manager position - Astros.com
Altuve picked to play for MLB All-Star team in Japan - Astros.com
Duda Stuns Sipp With Walk-Off HR
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Altuve named Astros MVP for 2014 - Fort Bend Herald
Astros notch 70th win with 3-1 victory over Mets - Associated Press
Astros excited about 70th win - Reuters
Astros 3, Mets 1 - Reuters
Peacock feels he finished his 2014 season strong - CSN Houston
Astros down Mets - Sports Network
Preview: Astros at Mets - Sports Xchange
Astros beat Mets 3-1 - Crawfish Boxes
Astros win 70th game for first time since 2010 - CSN Houston
CSN Houston seeks retention plan to keep employees on the job for now - Houston Chronicle
Marshall withdraws from LSU, becomes eligible for 2015 draft - Vavel
Bobby Abreu retires from baseball - SB Nation
Nevin has unfinished business with the Astros - KRIV-TV
Altuve on verge of Astros first-ever batting title - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros Win 70th; Clinch 4th Place
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Altuve not planning on resting on his lead in race for AL batting crown - Houston Chronicle
Crowded outfield more of a luxury than a problem for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros knock off Mets in series opener to reach 70 wins - Houston Chronicle
Final series of 2014 a family affair for Astros’ Chapman, Mets’ den Dekker - Houston Chronicle
Carter’s agent leaves for GM job at important time for slugger - Houston Chronicle
Lawless to interview for managerial gig on Saturday - Houston Chronicle
Fowler watches Jeter’s final game - Houston Chronicle
Challenge overturns stolen base call in second inning - Astros.com
Altuve sparks win with 223rd hit of the season - Astros.com
Chapman thrilled to share field with cousin den Dekker - Astros.com
Altuve continues quest for batting title vs. Mets - Astros.com
Nevin honored to be considered for managerial postition - Astros.com
Best trades of the rebuild - Crawfish Boxes
McLane thinks he left Astros a good farm system - SportsRadio 610
Astros already met with Red Sox' Torey Lovullo - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Astros at Mets - Reuters
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If Astros come calling about Bogar, Rangers' hand could be forced - Dallas Morning News
Astros to interview Nevin... before Jeter of course! - Yanks Go Yard
McLane: End of broadcast network litigation will spell hope for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Altuve reaching new heights with batting title in sight - Houston Chronicle
Astros’ Triple-A affiliate pushed out to Fresno - Austin American-Statesman
Astros start interviewing managerial candidates - Climbing Tal's Hill
2014 Astros against AL West - Crawfish Boxes
Key hearing in CSN Houston bankruptcy delayed until Oct. 6 - Houston Chronicle
Astros struggling to finish the season once again - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros making sure they get it right with manager hiring - Houston Chronicle
Nevin gets a vote of confidence as managerial candidate - Houston Chronicle
Scouting report: Astros at Mets - Houston Chronicle
Singleton, in 0-for-23 slump, likely to sit in final series - Houston Chronicle
Altuve's outstanding season a product of yearlong adjustments - Astros.com
Astros get permission to interview Nevin for skipper's job - Astros.com
Appreciating Jose Altuve, pure baseball joy in a pint-size and prolific package - Grantland
Astros swept by Rangers - Crawfish Boxes
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Recap: Arlington vs. Houston - Sports Network
Rookies rule game for Rangers in win over Astros - Fox Sports Southwest
Astros swept by Rangers after 5-1 loss - CSN Houston
Altuve's big season for the Astros - Baseball News Source
Rangers sweep Astros to continue late-season surge - Reuters
After taste of coach’s life, Everett hungry for more - Houston Chronicle
Pitching keeps Astros close as bats fail again - Houston Chronicle
Astros to give Lawless a chance to keep his job - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow won’t confirm Astros’ manager candidates - Houston Chronicle
With batting title in reach, Altuve not ready to ride bench for final four games - Houston Chronicle
Altuve downplays his place in the AL MVP race - Houston Chronicle
Carter moves to DH while coping with minor injury - Houston Chronicle
Altuve looks to finish off Astros' first batting title in NY - Astros.com
Feldman's fine first season in Houston ends with loss - Astros.com
Lawless to interview Saturday for managerial position - Astros.com
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