Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Morning Link Dump

Remember that time the Astros were the best team ever and then scored two runs total against Ross Detwiler and Wandy Rodriguez. Me, neither...

*George Springer is undergoing concussion tests after crashing into the wall making a highlight-reel grab, but no roster move has been announced.

*Thanks to this fast start, Jeff Luhnow is willing to add to the rotation in order to keep it rolling in Houston.
You know, I've discussed it with Jim and there are scenarios where we would continue to invest in this team as the year goes on in order to maximize our chances of not just getting to the playoffs, but being better in the playoffs.

*And speaking of playoffs, with last night's loss to the Ramgers the Astros' playoff odds have dipped back under 50%, though they remain the statistical favorites to win both the division and the wild card. But not if they keep losing games to the last-place team in the division.

*Here is a fascinating story from Bloomberg on the Astros, Luhnow/Crane, promoting prospects, and data analysis and features Luhnow being described as "Baseball's Mitt Romney."

*Baseball America's J.J. Cooper asked seven front office execs not with the Astros, Dodgers, or Twins and found that five of them think Carlos Correa is the best prospect in baseball.

*Evan Drellich writes that Correa and Appel are doing well, but Correa is closer to Houston and will likely be promoted to Fresno in May, after he has faced teams multiple times to see how he adapts.

*Collin McHugh talked about the Astros with Doug Gottlieb (video)

*Vincent Velasquez is nearing the end of his lat strain rehab and is likely to join Corpus.

*The Good Phight wonders if the Astros are a good fit for a Cole Hamels trade.

*2014 Astro Kyle Farnsworth is playing semi-pro football and is leading his team in sacks.

*Former Astro farmhand Carlos Perez, traded with Tropeano to the Angels for Hank Conger, hit a walk-off homer last his major league debut.