*Baseball America plays Best-Case/Worst-Case with the American League.
*A.J. Hinch is giving the Astros today off.
I asked our guys to stay away. They're not going to get extra credit points for showing up and working out. When I give them rest and recovery time I want them to use it.
*Not-Closer Luke Gregerson is recovering from his oblique soreness and has started to look more like a baseball player.
*Carlos Gomez got on the scale naked to show that he's just like us.
*USA Today's Ted Berg wrote about Carlos Correa on the brink of superstardom.
*Your first six starting pitchers for Grapefruit League play:
Thursday vs. Phillies: Doug Fister
Friday vs. Cardinals: Wandy Rodriguez
Saturday vs. Mets: Collin McHugh
Sunday vs. Blue Jays: Scott Feldman
Sunday vs. Pirates: Brad Peacock
Monday vs. Yankees: Mike F. Fiers
*A.J. Hinch doesn't know much about 2015 Texas League Pitcher of the Year Chris Devenski, but Devenski made a good first impression.
*File this under: I swear I've seen this story at least twice before, but Marwin's versatility is what makes him valuable to the Astros.
*Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez have emerged as the Welcoming Veterans Who Buy Suits For Young Guys and Offer An Encouraging Word committee.
*Updated FanGraphs projections have the Astros at 88-74. You can vote on the accuracy of the projections (as you can with every other MLB team's projections). At writing (5:58am), just 4% of the voters believe that number is too high by at least four wins. Sources indicate that the 4% is Rangers beat writer Evan Grant.
*MLBPA chief Tony Clark talked about tanking without saying the word "tanking."
*Perusing Bovada's MLB futures odds (I'm a non-practicing gambler) the Astros are +160 to win the AL West (Ramgers are 2nd at +210); +700 to win the AL Pennant; +1600 to win the World Series; Over/Under is set at 87.5 wins.
Which locations are the best fit for expansion? Montreal, Austin, Vancouver, Mexico City.
Before you go:
Darvish through 15 bitches off before mound felt good— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) February 29, 2016