Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Morning Hot Links

*Last night's last-second, turn-three-points-into-one-point USMNT match with Portugal has me the most Sports Depressed since this.

*Annual reminder of why we have an Electoral College: Jose Altuve is 4th in All-Star voting.

*Matt Albers will throw bullpen sessions at Minute Maid this week.

*Anthony Bass' rehab outing at Quad Cities was delayed by rain. Also, QC's Chan Moon was promoted to Lancaster to replace Carlos Correa.

*"It's difficult to imagine what the Astros were thinking when they let (J.D. Martinez) go..."

*Jake Cosart - brother of Jarred Cosart - signed a below-slot deal with the Red Sox.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The JD "move" is really disappointing, not only because they gave up too early (read mis-evaluation), but because they felt he was expendable since they had Grossman (read mis-evaluation). Just some bad talent evaluation all the way around.

I also worry that part of the mis-evaluation was that Martinez was not a Luhnow guy, and Grossman was.

Anonymous said...

Albers link is wrong, here's the chron blog link:
http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros/2014/06/22/matt-albers-to-throw-bullpen-sessions-this-week/#22102101=0

The General said...

Wait, we know that the JD Martinez decision was wrong from 122 PA's with a completely unsustainable .364 BABIP and 1.000 OPS versus RHP?

Got it.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand this recent glorification of JD Martinez as some kind of baseball savant. He had 3 years and 900 a/b's and didn't produce, that speaks much louder than the 115 a/b sample size in Detroit. He'll ice up and be right back to his lifetime numbers, and when Torii is healthy he'll be right back on the bench. Good for him for having a great season so far, but don't make it more than it is.

Anonymous said...

This screams for a "Ghosts of Astros Past" column, especially given the upcoming Tigers series. You listening, Mr Masked?

Anonymous said...

None of us know for sure how JD ends up, but summing it as "he had 900 ABs and didn't produce" is too simplistic. He was good for a stretch, he certainly faltered for a period, he was coming off an injury for some of that period and he recently re-tooled his swing. These factors have to be evaluated by the club, and if his success continues, it is pure and simple mis-evaluation by the club. Ultimately, talent evaluation is the lifeblood of MLB clubs and excuses aren't welcome.

Anonymous said...

Anybody who plays fantasy sports knows the cringe factor when that on-the-bubble player you cut loose turns into the next Ty Cobb.

Anonymous said...

JD was better than he looked his last few years in Houston, but nobody can say he didn't get more than a fair chance in Houston....It's also fair to assume that's it's kind of fun to hit in a lineup with Kinsler, Cabrera and V. Martinez hitting in front of you....someone's always on base in front of you and the pitcher has been worked a bit....