Written by: Jordan Smith

Altuve on the brink of history

September 16, 2014
Altuve is about to set a record unlike any other for the Houston Astros

By: Jordan Smith

Jose Altuve is about to do something that hasn't ever happened before in Astros history: Break Craig Biggio's single-season hits record. With 2 hits tonight at Minute Maid Park against the Cleveland Indians, Jose Altuve will break Biggio's single season Astros' Franchise record for hits by one player. The record was set in 1998 when Biggio grabbed 210 hits in one season, becoming the record holder for the Franchise in single season hits. He was also the first ever Astro to get to 200 hits in one season that year. Keyword: WAS. Now, not only has Altuve reached 200 hits in less time than Biggio took to get to that mark, but is now about to completely obliterate #7's record which has been standing unchallenged for the past 16 years.

Here's what Altuve had to say. "I feel happy for that (third-inning) hit because it tied the game and it got the lead," Altuve said. "(Collin) McHugh was throwing an outstanding game and, at that moment, I felt like, 'That's all we need.'" Tom Lawless, the Astro's interim manager, had some words about Altuve's year. "He's a magician with the wand," interim manager Tom Lawless said. "I've seen it a long time, but seeing it up close and personal again, it's amazing what he can do with the bat in his hand. He hits breaking balls. He hits fastballs. He hits fastballs in. He hits fastballs up and away. I mean, the last pitch was a fastball up and away and he hits it into the right field corner. So, it's a magical year for him, there's no doubt. "I've played with some good players in St. Louis," Lawless continued. "Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr that did some things, special years, but I don't think I've seen anybody have a special year like this guy. You probably could say that he is the MVP of the league. If people watched him day in, day out, I mean, he would get my vote."

For the season, Altuve leads the major leagues in hits, batting average, and multi-hit games. He leads the American League in stolen bases. And the Astros are well on their way to a much improved season, now just three games away from the 70-win mark with 12 games left in the season. This, after three straight seasons with 100 or more losses. "We are close to being the winning team that everyone wants us to be," Altuve said. "The way that we've been playing is amazing. I feel like we can go out and beat every team right now."

Biggio gets his 3,000 hit of his career

As for the greatest Astro ever, Craig Biggio gets a firsthand look at Jose Altuve's historic season. He also has a unique perspective, having been the only other Astro to deliver a 200-hit season. Biggio set the Astros' record with 210 hits in 1998. Altuve sits at 209 with 12 games remaining.

Here's what the soon-to-be Hall Of Famer had to say about Altuve's magical season before Monday night's game. "For me, it's been pretty easy," Biggio joked. "For him, he's been working hard. "He's had a great year," the Astros legend said. "He's gone out there and played every day. He's become the second guy in Astros' history to have 200 hits and he has a lot to be proud of. I'm happy for him. He's a good kid, a hard-working kid and I believe that good things happen to good people. So all the success that he's had this year, he deserves it."

1998 was a special season for Biggio, but not because of any individual accomplishments. That year, the Astros won 102 games on their way to the NL Central title. "'98 was a pretty special year," Biggio said. "We were playing for the playoffs. You're not really into the number of hits you're getting. It's all about the wins and losses. We're talking about playing for the playoffs. I mean, that was our mindset coming in every year. We were just playing every game, living every day, not really for every personal moment."

That said, years later, the individual accomplishments can now be appreciated along with the team glory from that magical season. "If you think about it, it had never been done before," Biggio said. "It's hard to do. Depending how many walks you get, how many strikeouts you have, your walk-to-strikeout ratio, it's hard. Like for Jeff Bagwell, it'd be hard because he'd walk over a hundred times a year. So to get more hits, he'd have to give away some walks. So it's who you are, but in general, to be able to get 200 hits is a lot to be proud of."

Do you think Altuve should win the MVP award this season with the production he has given this season to the Astros? Will Jose Altuve pass up Biggio's career hits amount at 3,060 by the time #27 calls it a career in your opinion? Leave a comment with your responses below and don't forget to follow the blog. Go to the top right corner of the web page and click the word "Follow". You can put in your e-mail there or follow by your account on Sportsblog.com. Don't have one? Create one and join the best and fastest growing Sports Blog website in the world!!!!! You can also click the link below to start your account. I would highly recommend clicking the link below. It's an easier process by doing so. Thank You for reading.

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Texans start season 2-0 with 30-14 win

September 15, 2014
Watt leads Texans to pounding victory in Black Hole

By: Jordan Smith

The Texans have matched their 2013 win total. In the second game under head coach Bill O’Brien, the Texans went to Oakland and demolished the Raiders, winning 30-14 and improving to 2-0 for the fifth straight season. The Texans didn’t waste any time getting the offense going on Sunday. They went 80 yards on 10 plays on their first drive to go up a touchdown and never trailed.

Watt catches first offensive TD of his career

Arian Foster, who had a great game, ran for a 40-yarder that was initially ruled a touchdown but the review placed the ball at the 1-yard-line. From there, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit J.J. Watt in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Yes, you read that correctly. J.J. Watt lined up as a tight end off the left side of the line and caught his first-career touchdown pass. The Texans have toyed with the idea of using Watt as a tight end in recent seasons and they practiced the play this week.

After an Oakland 3-and-out, the Texans went on a 13-play, 70-yard drive, which was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run from Foster. The Texans had a 14-point lead before the Raiders got a first down. The Texans led 17-0 after the first half and they led the time of possession battle 20:46 to 9:14. Fitzpatrick had another very good game. He completed 14-of-19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins had a sensational touchdown catch in the third quarter to put them up 24-0. Randy Bullock made three field goals and made 16 straight dating back to last season before his late attempt was blocked.

Foster was a big factor in the blowout on Sunday

The big turning point of the game was when Foster broke through the line and took the ball 40 yards in the first quarter. The play was ruled a touchdown but it was reviewed and the ball was placed at the 1-yard-line. Watt caught a touchdown pass shortly after. It was the longest run for Foster since 2012. The Texans own sole possession of first place in the AFC South and have a very good chance to go 3-0 when they face the Giants on the road next week.

Foster was brilliant on Sunday, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the second time in the two-week-old season. He’s looking like the old Arian Foster. It was the 27th 100-yard game of Foster’s career. He ran the ball 28 times after 27 attempts in the opener. Fitzpatrick deserves plenty of credit too. He had another mistake-free game. With C.J. Fiedorowicz inactive, Ryan Griffin didn’t have a great game. He had a few holding calls against him.

Kareem Jackson made several nice plays and got his first interception since Nov. 11, 2012. He returned it 56 yards and the Texans got a field goal out of it. Hard to find a defensive zero for a team that’s given up 20 points in eight quarters. The Texans forced four turnovers on Sunday. Through two games, they have forced six. They had just 11 in all of 2013.

When Foster got into the end zone in the first quarter, he matched his 2013 rushing touchdown total. Also, Watt’s touchdown was the first for a defensive player from scrimmage on offense in franchise history. Next, your Houston Texans will take on the Giants on the road next week before returning home to host the Bills in two weeks.

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Dynamo draw 2-2

September 14, 2014
Brad Davis get a draw against the Columbus Crew
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By: Jordan Smith

Ethan Finlay's goal early in the second half lifted the Columbus Crew to a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.Finlay neatly headed home a left-footed cross from Waylon Francis in the 54th minute for his seventh of the season as the Crew rallied from two goals down.

Houston's Brad Davis served a corner kick and A.J. Cochran appeared to head it to the far post for what would have been his first MLS goal. Upon review, it was determined defender Aaron Schoenfeld deflected the ball, so it went down as an own-goal against Columbus (9-9-10). Giles Barnes scored for Houston (9-13-5) in the 38th minute with his eighth goal of the season, completing a through-ball from Omar Cummings. The Crew's Wil Trapp scored his first MLS goal to cut it to 2-1 in the 48th.

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#Pursuit

September 13, 2014

By: Jordan Smith

The Houston Rockets have come out with a video, voiced over by James Harden and Dwight Howard. Check it out below.


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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Week 2

September 13, 2014
Arian Foster WILL go off against the Raiders

By: Jordan Smith

Welcome to Houston Sports Beat's Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 2. Now, this week can sometimes turn an ugly head for some players as some teams are looking for revenge against their next opponent after a dissapointing defensive showing in their Week 1 games. So, with that in mind, here's the top 5 to start and the top 5 to sit at each position for Week 2.

QB

Start

Sit

1. Brian Hoyer

32. Tom Brady

2. Carson Palmer

31. Derek Carr

3. Alex Smith

30. Cam Newton

4. Nick Foles

29. Philip Rivers

5. Russel Wilson

28. EJ Manuel

RB

Start

Sit

1. Giovani Bernard

32. Eddie Lacy

2. Chris Johnson

31. DeMarco Murray

3. Arian Foster

30. Trent Richardson

4. Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram

29. Toby Gerhart

5. Terrance West

28. Shane Vereen

WR (Listed by team name)

Start

Sit

1. Cardinals WR

32. Panthers WR

2. Browns WR

31. Cowboys WR

3. Buccaneers WR

30. Texans WR

4. Colts WR

29. 49ers WR

5. Saints WR

28. Raiders WR

TE (Listed by team name)

Start

Sit

1. Eagles TE

32. 49ers TE

2. Chiefs TE

31. Jaguars TE

3. Titans TE

30. Bears TE

4. Washington TE

29. Saints TE

5. Rams TE

28. Chargers TE

K

Start

Sit

1. Billy Cundiff

32. Sebastian Janikowski

2. Shaun Suisham

31. Graham Gano

3. Brandon McManus

30. Mason Crosby

4. Blair Walsh

29. David Akers

5. Phil Dawson

28. Dan Bailey

D/ST (Listed by team name)

Start

Sit

1. Jaguars D/ST

32. Panthers D/ST

2. Buccaneers D/ST

31. Patriots D/ST

3. Titans D/ST

30. Bengals D/ST

4. Washington D/ST

29. Kansas City D/ST

5. Broncos D/ST

28. Bears D/ST


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A trip down memory lane...

September 12, 2014

By: Jordan Smith

Welcome to our next installment of "A Trip Down Memory Lane". In this edition, we are gonna take a look back at the Houston Texans' first ever regular season game and first ever win in franchise history. Why? Well, when the Texans beat Dallas that night, the QB for your Texans was none other than David Carr. Now, his little brother goes up against the Texans in Derek's 2nd NFL Career start (all as a rookie). Let's watch the video below, as it shows the Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys feature. Enjoy.



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Astros are rolling over everyone in baseball

September 12, 2014

By: Jordan Smith

The Astros seem to be gathering more momentum as the season hits the homestretch. After taking two of three from the Mariners, Houston's now won four straight series. And they've been coming against quality opponents. With the exception of the Rangers, the Angels, A's, and Mariners are all in postseason contention. Actually, the Angels and A's would be in the postseason if the regular season ended right now. The Mariners, meanwhile, are only a half game behind Detroit for the last wild-card spot.

So there's no way around it: the Astros are playing some good baseball. "They have a different mojo going right now," interim manager Tom Lawless said. "They're not intimidated by anybody. They know who they're playing and they know the other team's got a lot at stake. And we're going out there with the attitude of 'we can play with them, we can beat them.' And you see it on the field the way we play."

The Astros have won eight of their last 10 games. Currently, in the standings, they sit in front of the Red Sox, Twins, Rangers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and the Rockies, in no particular order. The White Sox, Phillies, and Padres are all within a three-game-or-less earshot of the Astros too. It adds an additional storyline to the Jose Altuve record chase and the Chris Carter home-run race in what could be a very interesting final few weeks of the season.

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Garrett Graham returns to practice

September 10, 2014
Garrett Graham after he scores a touchdown


By: Jordan Smith

Texans starting tight end Garrett Graham returned to practice on Wednesday. Graham (back) missed all of last week's practice and Sunday's game against Washington. He was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. On Monday, Graham said he hoped to play this Sunday.

While Graham returned, rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz missed practice with a foot injury. Fiedorowicz took Graham's spot last week. Shiloh Keo (calf) also missed practice. Jadeveon Clowney, who had surgery on Monday, obviously missed practice too. Andre Johnson (ankle) and Johnathan Joseph (foot) were both limited participants. Twelve Texans were full participants but were listed on the injury report: A.J. Bouye (shoulder), Tyson Clabo (ankle), Brian Cushing (ankle), Arian Foster (ribs), Tim Jamison (groin), Elbert Mack (foot), Mike Mohamed (quadracepts), Chris Myers (foot), Derek Newton (elbow), Jay Prosch (hand), Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and J.J. Watt (ankle). 

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Altuve the next Biggio?

September 09, 2014
Altuve is about to completely shatter Craig Biggio's single-season hits record


By: Jordan Smith

With Jose Altuve within 12 hits of Craig Biggio's single-season hits record that is also the Houston Astros franchise record, it got me thinking:

Is Jose Altuve the next Craig Biggio?

Jose Altuve, through 140 games, has 198 hits on the season. Those 198 hits is the most amount of hits for one player this season at any position. The closest player behind Jose is former Houston Astro Hunter Pence, who is now with the San Francisco Giants, with a total of 172 hits on the season. Jose Altuve grabbed the Major League Lead in hits on May 23rd, 2014, passing up Melky Cabrera. Altuve hasn't looked back ever since.

Craig Biggio collects his 3,000 hit of his career with a shot into right-center field, becoming the greatest Astro of All time and the first Astro to get to the 3,000 hit club.

Altuve, 24, is on pace this season to completely shatter Biggio's record at 210 hits in one season by being on pace to collect 230 hits this season. Yes, Altuve might not be the same kind of power hitter that Biggio was and he might not be as big as Craig was. But, when you look at his ability to get on base, drive in runs, and steal bases, it's no wonder why Altuve and Biggio should be in the same conversation.

If Jose Altuve was to play exactly the same number of career games that #7 did (2,850 games) and Derek Jeter doesn't get more than 16 hits for the rest of the regular season, Altuve is set to become #6 all-time on the hits list with a total of 3,466 hits for his career, which would be the most hits by a 2nd Baseman in the history of the game. The current leader in hits at the 2nd base position is #10 on the all-time hits; Eddie Collins, who surprisingly enough, stood only 5' 9''. Craig Biggio is #3 in all-time hits by a 2nd baseman & #1 in all-time hits by a Houston Astro. Not even Jose Cruz reached the 3,000 hit mark, and he was a hit machine.


Craig Biggio's number is retired as the greatest Astro to ever play the game

I completely see the 2nd generation of Craig Biggio in Jose Altuve. Why do you think his number is 27? 2nd generation of #7. But, the work ethic is there, the humbleness is there, and the productivity is there and evident. Yes, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell will be the first two Astros hall of famers in Baseball history and then Oswalt and Berkman will follow shortly after that. But, when it's all said and done with Jose Altuve's career, he will be the 5th Houston Astro to go into the Hall of fame.

What do you think? Do you think Jose Altuve is as good of a player as Biggio was in his career and do you think Altuve will pass Biggio's all-time hits record at 3,060 hits? Leave a comment and don't forget to follow the blog! Thanks for reading.


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Clowney out 4-6 weeks

September 08, 2014
Jadeveon Clowney after he signed his rookie contract


By: Jordan Smith

Texans rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney had arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday morning and will be out for four to six weeks, according to head coach Bill O'Brien. “It seems like it went well and he'll be out four to six weeks,” O’Brien said. Clowney, the first overall pick, tore his lateral meniscus against Washington, a source told CSNHouston’s James Palmer on Sunday night.

Clowney’s teammate D.J. Swearinger told NFL.com that Clowney said he stepped in a hole on the field at NRG Stadium. The grass at the stadium grows off site and is brought in and pieced together on the floor of the stadium. “He didn't say anything to me about that,” said O’Brien, who also added he has no problem with the grass at the stadium. “Just from looking at all the angles on film, he just came down awkwardly. Most of these types of injuries are non-contact injuries. He just jumped in the air and came down a little awkwardly on it. Like I said, he'll be out for a while and the next guy will have to step up.”

In the few months since being drafted, Clowney had surgery to repair a sports hernia, then suffered a concussion in Denver. Now, he’s had his second surgery, this time on his right knee. “It’s football. That’s just the nature of the game,” O’Brien said. “It’s not a matter of frustration, it’s a matter of, like I said, every team in the league today is dealing with injuries, like I said, I think I’ve said it like three times now, the next guy steps up. That’s why you have a roster. That’s why you try to put together the most competitive roster you can. So the next guy can get in there and he can go in there and play well.”

The next guy on Sunday was former first-round pick Whitney Mercilus, whom O’Brien said played well. O’Brien said rookie Jason Ankrah might also get some extended playing time but it seems like Mercilus will get a bulk of the extra snaps. “I've seen that. I think he's a very improved player of the last two or three weeks,” O’Brien said of Mercilus. “He’s a guy that’s coached very well by Mike Vrabel. Mike’s a guy that’s very detail-oriented with him and I think he’s learning the scheme. It’s very different than what he played in the previous scheme so it’s not the easiest to learn right away for some players and he’s improved over the last two weeks. And like I said, he’ll continue to improve.” 

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