It is June 8, my friends. Correa Day. All Correa's Day. Draft Day. Monday. However you want to label it. With the Astros getting Villar'd yesterday, the Astros have a 3.5 game lead and a 48.5% chance of winning the division, with a 61.8% chance of making the postseason.
*Luhnow talked about the reasoning behind promoting Correa:
Our team could use the spark right now. We haven't been playing our best baseball over the past few days and hopefully Carlos can add something that's been missing. We have to try and do everything we can to maintain our division lead and get this team to the postseason, and if calling up Carlos Correa helps us do that, that's what we're prepared for.
*In that previous link, Luhnow said he did talk with Jed Lowrie about bringing Correa up:
It's probably 33 games between now and the All-Star Game and you assume Jed's going to be back after the All-Star break, so that gives us a good amount of time to see how Carlos is doing and we'll determine at that point where everybody fits.
*Corpus manager Rodney Linares:
Carlos is going to be a good player for a long, long time. He's going to help us win championships, and he's also going to be a great ambassador for our game.
*ESPN's Christina Kahrl, on Correa's call-up:
This becomes just the most recent example of a team going young while also going for it, with examples like the Cubs this year, the Diamondbacks when they called up Paul Goldschmidt to solve their first-base problem en route to the 2011 postseason or the Braves bringing up Andruw Jones for the stretch run in 1996. It's a thing.
*The Astros close the book on the 2014 draft and get ready to open the 2015 draft. Luhnow:
We've been out scouting, we've been talking to advisors, players, parents, etc. I think more than anything, the fact that the Astros' plan seems to be coming together, and it's starting to work and make some sense, I think is drawing more interest to players potentially signing with us. So I think we're in a pretty good spot.
*Cole Hamels is, diplomatically, happy in Philadelphia.
So we close with the two lasting images of Jonathan Villar's tenure:
Good night, sweet prince.