8/24/2014 5:30 P.M. ET
Astros gaining confidence after good road trip
By Steve DiMatteo and Daniel Popper / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The Astros wrapped up their 10-game road swing through Boston, New York and Cleveland on Sunday with a 5-5 record, the team's third .500-or-better road trip this season.
Playing that well through those three cities is difficult enough for any team. But for the youngest group in the Majors, it's proof of progress being made and provides a certain boost through the dog days of the season.
"The goal is to win every series. You take it one series at a time, one game at a time," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It would be a huge confidence booster, I think, for our club."
It might even be a sign of the team turning a corner in its development.
"Guys are getting at-bats, getting more comfortable, getting more experience -- and seeing different things and starting to understand situations," Astros outfielder/first baseman Marc Krauss said. "That's one of the biggest keys in moving forward with your development and, so far, I think everybody's doing a pretty good job of taking the steps they need to to make this team a legit contender here in the next couple years."
Marisnick getting settled in with Astros
CLEVELAND -- Moving from the National League to the American League can be tough on some players. But Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is happy to have a fresh start in Houston.
Since being acquired from the Marlins at the Trade Deadline, Marisnick has hit .299 (23-for-77) with a home run and six RBIs. Over the last two seasons with Miami, he hit just .178 (28-for-157).
Marisnick credits the better stretch to not only being able to hit the reset button with a new team, but also by simply getting consistent time at the plate.
"At times early [this season] or last year, there's times where you try to calm yourself down, try and relax," Marisnick said. "And just being new and you got so many things going in the box with you, you're stepping in there with your coaches and thinking about everybody watching and all that. But the more you do it, the more you're able to clear your head. Now, I've gotten to the point where it's just me and the pitcher. I'm just competing against him."
The 23-year-old former third-round Draft pick is finding himself to be quite useful for the young Astros, already logging time at all three outfield positions. To Astros manager Bo Porter, that versatility on defense has made Marisnick invaluable as he continues to figure things out offensively.
"He's done a great job. He's a plus-plus defender in all three outfield spots," Porter said. "He's done a tremendous job, he's gotten some big hits for us, as well. I think offensively it's still a work in progress, and his ability to improve from an offensive standpoint will go a long way in him being a consistent everyday player."
Feldman could draw interest from contenders
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Sunday morning the Astros had placed starter Scott Feldman on revocable waivers. The right-hander is expected to clear or be claimed by Monday, according to Rosenthal.
The news is even more pressing, considering Feldman is scheduled to start the Astros' series opener against the A's on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. But the idea of his potential departure from Houston hasn't rattled Feldman -- largely because he understands the frequency in which players are placed on waivers each season as the Aug. 31 deadline draws near.
"I don't think it's something to worry about," Feldman told the Houston Chronicle. "It's part of the game. If they put me on waivers and somebody wants me, it will probably be a win-win. I either stay here, and I like it here -- and if somebody claims me, it's just part of the game and it probably means they want me, too. Either way it's fine. It's kind of what we sign up for when you're a baseball player."
Feldman -- who will match up with A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Monday -- is 7-9 with a 4.37 ERA on the season. After a rough July, during which he compiled a 5.58 ERA over five starts, the right-hander responded with an improved August. Three of his four outings this month have been quality starts. His lone poor performance came on Aug. 14 against the Red Sox, when he surrendered seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.
His last time out against the Yankees on Wednesday, Feldman gave up two earned runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Steve DiMatteo is a contributor to MLB.com. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.