TWINS TAKE THE SERIES WITH THE ASTROS LOSING THE FINALE, 8-2

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 2 hits from the 8-2 loss

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Here's a quick rundown of the final result from the Astros' loss to the Twins in the finale of the 4-game series.

Final Score: Twins 8, Astros 2

Record: 18-14, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Jose Berrios (5-1, 2.91 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Brad Peacock (2-2, 5.28 ERA)

Peacock struggles

Brad Peacock had a rough outing giving up 7 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday. Twins catcher Jason Castro had a big day against his former team going 2 for 4 while driving in 4 runs in Minnesota's win over Houston.

Another bomb for Bregman

Alex Bregman had a solo home run in the first inning of the game, giving him 6 total homers for the season.

Up Next: The Astros have Friday off and will begin a two game series against the Angels on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10pm and will feature Wade Miley (1-2, 3.24 ERA) for Houston going up against Trevor Cahill (1-2, 5.93 ERA) for Los Angeles.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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