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After a good start with a pair of wins over the Yankees, the Astros are now on a 3-game losing streak. What happened? Well, the offense has struggled without Jason Castro and Dexter Fowler and rightfield suddenly seems to be the Bermuda Triangle of bad Astros defense. Hopefully all of those things are in the past and the team has a good Sunday. Here are a few Astros articles from around the web to get you ready for today’s game against the Angels.

L.A. Times

The 22-year-old left-hander made six exhibition starts this spring, featuring a 94-mph, four-seam fastball, curve and changeup. But it was a sinking two-seam fastball that was most responsible for the eight-inning gem he threw in a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park on Saturday night.

The pitching depth on this team is ridiculous. Let’s look at the tandems first, taking note of their 2013 stats. Michael Feliz (1.96 ERA, 0.957 WHIP, 10.2 SO/9, 6.00 SO/BB) debuted on a lot of Astros Top 10 prospect lists this off-season. He teams up with Evan Grills, a 21-year old lefty from Canada who made great strides in his development in 2013.
The notion that someone would be purposely trying to take a walk is usually a stretch. Hitting is too reactive, and heading to the plate with intent of drawing a walk usually means forcing a hitter out of a their usual approach.
“Yes, I want to be reminded every day what really matters is the win-loss record at the big-league level,” Luhnow says, “and I want this club to go from 111 losses to 111 wins.
“I had never seen that,” he said. “I love it. If they leave the right side open, I like to go to right field. I’m not going to change my approach.”
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