Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Dallas Keuchel made his first start of the Spring and the Astros beat the Barves 9-5. Collin McHugh gets the start at 4:05pm Central against the Nationals on MLB Network.

*Dallas Keuchel: "I'm nobody right now. It's 2016. I'm just an Astros pitcher."

Also in that link: Gregerson feels good, Giles worked on his mechanics with a towel, and Lance McCullers will likely make his Spring debut on Sunday or Monday. (Chron)

*"We have a decision to make whether he's ready to be a full-time back-up or not, and we've got all spring to decide." - Jeff Luhnow, on Max Stassi and whether he's ready to catch 60-ish games this season in Houston. (Chron)

And what of Gattis? The possibility of Gattis heading back to the plate forces a tradeoff between Gattis' defensive flexibility and the likelihood of his old knee injuries flaring back up...

*Jason Castro's swing tinkering resulted in a homer yesterday against the Braves. (

*The only other Age-21 full-time #3 hitter (other than Carlos Correa)? Joe DiMaggio. Jayson Stark rains down chocolate sprinkles and unicorn mane on Correa. (ESPN)

*Carlos Correa's confidence comes in his preparation (video link).  (ESPN)

*George Springer is ready for a breakout season. (New Haven Register)

*This guest columnist from Josh Fields' hometown, an avid supporter of the college in which Fields attended, manages to compare Josh Fields to Hall of Famer Bob Feller. (Newnan Times Herald)

*Tony Sipp is the odd lefty reliever who is also good at getting out righties, but Neal Cotts is there to help get lefties out as well. (

*Can you name the 32 Astros with at least ten appearances in 2005? (Sporcle)

*Former Astro and last year's assistant hitting coach and now Padres' hitting coach Alan Zinter's road to the Majors was a long one. (

*The Astros are 4th on a ranking of teams who could topple the Royals. (Fox Sports)

*Prince Fielder has left Rangers Spring Training to figure out why he can't sleep. (Hint: it's because of the Astros). (St Louis Post-Dispatch)

*Phillies great Mark Appel was sent to minor-league camp this morning. (Todd Zolecki)

*The battle to bring back Olympic baseball matters more than you think. (Vice Sports)

*Adrian Beltre wants a three-year extension from the Rangers, through his Age-40 season. (MLBTR)

*Jered Weaver's fastball is sad and this story is sad. (LA Times)

*Before you go...