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Raheel Ramzanali: Some good follows on Twitter for Astros season

Astros fans have some must followers. Elsa/Getty Images

Twitter makes everything better. I know we all have our issues with Twitter and the negative crap it brings out in people, but to me it’s all about who you follow and who you engage with on a daily basis that can make your daily experience a blast. This rule is incredibly important when it comes to sports Twitter. Fans are passionate and will be unreasonable when it comes to their teams so finding the follows is key. That’s why I want to highlight some cool accounts I follow for discussions, info and more when it comes to our Houston Astros. I apologize if I left any out.

  • @JuliaMorales - Julia is the best in the business when it comes to reporting and she takes no breaks on Twitter before, during, and after games. Her Twitter game is even more impressive because she’s doing it while working on the AT&T Sports Net broadcast. Now most Astros fans are already following her, but in case you’re not, you need to ASAP.

  • @BrianMcTaggart - If you like Tids and Bits then you’ll love Brian’s Tidbits. Brian has been covering the team since 2004 and is a tremendous beat writer for MLB.com. Again, I know most Astros fans follow him, but just wanted to be sure to include the great McTags.

  • @LinkCalhoun - Calhoun is the king of gifs. If there’s something gif worthy from a game then this man will have it up and giffing within a minute. Calhoun isn’t just an Astros follow so get ready for gifs from across the sports world.

  • @pmclellan - Patrick McLellan LOVES the Houston Astros. He loves them so much that he joined forces with @AstrosCounty to host the wildly popular fan podcast Lima Time Time. Pat is super active during the games and will also work in some daily observations to breakup your timeline from the nonstop Texans content during the offseason.  Oh, he’s also a Clements High School alum so shout out to the Rangers fam out here making a difference in the world.

  • @AstrosCounty - Shout out to the Thickie Don for putting out great Astros content for years and years. He’s the other half of the above mentioned Lime Time Time podcast and also runs AstrosCounty.com. The Don is also writing for The Athletic now so that’s super cool.

  • @AstrosFuture - You love a good prospect? You love a good Astros prospect?! Well, this account is for you then. Jimmy Price keeps you up on everything happening in the farm system and what players are doing with daily updates. Want more than just tweets? His website has very thorough breakdowns of all the guys at AstrosFuture.com.

  • @HouCounterPlot - The Archbishop provides the perfect blend of humor and content during the games and is an institution on #AstrosTwitter. Bonus: click on his link in the bio.

  • @AstrosOptimism2 - He was once @AstrosOptimism, but after he forgot his password and got locked out of his account, he became @AstrosOptimism2.  Okay, I’m not sure if that’s the case, but that’s what I’m hoping it is. My man optimism sat through the dark years like everyone on this list and came out for the better.  

  • @DrewShirleyShow - Houstonians might remember Drew from his days on TV here, but he’s now one of the most active members of #AstrosTwitter. His blend of insight and snark makes for a great follow during games and while you need to pass some time on Twitter.

  • @AstrosGuy - When he's not dominating with beer tweets, AstrosGuy is providing leadership to the #RootRootDrink movement during games. Follow him for good Astros content and the latest brews. 

  • @ChivesMcGee - The only reason you shouldn't follow Chives is because of his endless love for Seattle based rapper Macklemore, but his Astros enthusiasm makes up for it. Chives is also up on the latest news so he adds way more than just Astros talk. 

  • @WillMoriarity86 - There was a time when I would see Will every day in person - Now I see him every day on Twitter. Will responds to every tweet you send his way and isn’t shy about voicing his opinion so get ready to interact with him during games. I know I missed a bunch of other good follows, so please send me your suggestions on Twitter! @The_Raheel.

 

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Kyle Tucker had a big day at the plate on Sunday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

Blue Jays pound Greinke in the fifth

After four shutout innings to start his day on the mound, working around a few hits along the way, Zack Greinke tried to cash in on his team's offense to get another win on his record. He wouldn't be able to get it done, though, as Toronto would get after him in the top of the fifth. They would score four times amongst five batters that came to the plate, with a solo homer by Rowdy Tellez, a two-RBI double by Bo Bichette, and an RBI single by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

Houston takes the series

No more runs would come on either side the rest of the way, with Kent Emanuel working around a single for a scoreless sixth, Ryne Stanek getting a 1-2-3 seventh, and Andre Scrubb doing the same in the eighth to set up Ryan Pressly for the save. Pressly would get the job done, sending the Blue Jays down in order, including two strikeouts to wrap up the win and giving Houston the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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