Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Morning Hot Links

*Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have their Spring Training plans customized. Keuchel tends to feel worse during Spring Training because of the shock of throwing, and the Astros are still holding on to his Cy Young award.

*Optimism: what in the world is that?

*Pat Neshek had a massive piece of bone removed from the foot that bothered him all during the 2015 season. The picture is disgusting.

*Luke Gregerson already has a light oblique strain. And he's still a little salty about the addition of Ken Giles:
I don't see any reason why things should change. Obviously, bringing the guy we brought in, he's got a strong power arm and showing he can get guys out at the Major League level, and he's going to be a great addition to our bullpen no matter where we all fit in.

*Our friend Terri wrote about predictions and the Astros at the Crawfish Boxes.

*Over here, we have 2800 words on the Astros, Phil Nevin, Derek Jeter, and the 1992 Draft.

*How Channel 2 helped Billy Wagner...

*The New York Times on baseball in the Dominican Republic.

*Andrew Friedman talked about just what the hell they're doing in LA.

*How a puppy helped save Evan Marshall's life and career.

*Matthew Kory wrote about how badly you would hurt a major league team if you had to play for a week.

Before you go:


Scott Eiland said...

Gregerson should want to keep "his role." I would love it, though, if Giles became the "relief ace" pitching in the highest leverage situations possible with Gregerson as the clear #2. I've heard Brian Kenny discuss the concept in the past, and I like it much better than the Holtzman-created stat that skews relief value so badly.

Anonymous said...

I haven't lived in Houston for awhile; when did Craig Roberts become "Grandpa" from the "The Simpsons"?

Chaz R said...

I've been concerned about how the Giles acquisition might affect Gregerson. I have seen similar situations go bad with other teams, such as the Nationals and Papelbon-Storen. It makes sense that Gregerson wants to keep the Closer role as there is more money and notoriety as a Closer, but he clearly needs to be good wit going back as the set-up man for the Astros to have the most effective back end of the bullpen.