Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Morning Hot Links

Want to talk Astros at the Water Cooler today? That's assuming, of course, that you (a) Have a "Water Cooler" and (b) Have someone with whom you can actually talk Astros. Then you should check these out:

*Most of the news items still have to do with the 0.0 rating the Astros/Angels posted on Monday afternoon on CSN Houston. Apparently media people are really surprised that, of the 579 Nielsen set-top television things that record viewing activity, on a Monday afternoon in a city where 60% of the market doesn't get the network, none of those 579 televisions were tuned to the game. 

*The New York Post's Kevin Kernan says the Mets are in danger of becoming "Astro-fied...but without the top prospects."

*Attention was drawn to Josh Zeid before Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays for spraying...some sort of something on his forearm before entering the game. Evan Drellich has a gif in that linked article. Ultimately, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. Seems as though most pitchers use something in the early, cooler part of the season to help with grip. 

*Astros radio color guy and former knuckleballer Steve Sparks threw BP before facing R.A. Dickey yesterday - something he did in the same situation last season. 

*Jeff Luhnow said the offense was "underperforming, for sure" and singled out (appropriately) Marc Krauss and Robbie Grossman, as well as Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez. Grossman and Castro both homered last night while Krauss and Dominguez had doubles. 

*Scott Feldman's father passed away this week, but he'll start tonight at Arlington against Yu Darvish.

*Jerome Williams is day-to-day with a groin strain.