Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday Morning Hot Links

With the win last night, coupled with losses by the Mariners, Angels, and Rangers, FanGraphs gives the Astros a 48.1% chance of winning the AL West and a 70.9% chance of making the post-season. Both are season highs, and taking these three games against the Orioles have increased the division odds by 10.6% and the postseason odds by 9.3%.

*The Masked Marvel has the recap of last night's game.

*Lance McCullers joins Kerry Wood (1998), Dwight Gooden (1986), and Ismael Valdez (1995) as the only pitchers to throw a complete game with 10K+ and 0BB at Age 21 or younger. You might remember that Kerry Wood game.

*Hinch, on McCullers:
He sees opportunity and wants to grab it. Every time he's gone out, there's an approach that is impressive for a brand-new guy at this level and a 21-year old that looks like he's in total control of the game.

Hinch talked about leaving McCullers in to face Chris Davis in the 9th:
I went out wanting to leave him in and asked him how much he had left in his tank, and he said he had plenty. I told him 'Good,' because this was his hitter to get, this was his game to get. He had earned it. It was going to be a good step for him, because I wanted him to shake hands after that at-bat. He looked me dead in the eye and said, 'I'm good to go.'

*Chris Carter is over the Mendoza Line and is hitting .389 in his 11-game hitting streak. Carter has 11 multi-homer games, 5th-most in Astros history.

*Dwight Howard: The best.

*Pat Neshek has the 2nd-longest stretch (20.2IP) in MLB history to open a season without allowing a walk. And he has a stress fracture in his foot.

*ESPN asks if Sonny Gray is a better pitcher than Chris Archer and Dallas Keuchel.

*Carlos Correa reached for a chopper with his bare hand, but decided to let it go:
I do have to think about those things. I'm down here to play hard, but I also have to play smart.

*2013 3rd Round pick Kent Emanuel had Tommy John surgery:
*2013 8th Round pick Jason Martin, on adjusting to professional baseball.

*FanGraphs unveiled a sortable 2015 draft board.

*Jordan Lyles underwent season-ending surgery to fix a ligament in his big toe.

*The Mariners panicked and made a trade for Mark Trumbo.


Reuben said...

Worth noting that the ground ball Correa declined to bare-hand was during batting practice.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Tals Hill 2015

Anonymous said...

Was wondering where Emanuel had gone to....will be interesting to see if he actually throws harder when he returns, as some TJS guys do....In any case, good luck with rehab.

The General said...

Thanks, I love having the relevant links here so I don't have to search and stuff.