Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

The Astros came back from a 6-1 deficit to beat the Braves yesterday in part because Carlos Correa hit a home run that landed 10-15 feet above the 410 sign in deep centerfield. For the Braves' part, Mike Foltynewicz continued to make a case to be Atlanta's SP5 by giving up two hits and a run in 3.2IP.

*Here's a video of Correa's home run.

*Evan Gattis is running at about 60-70%, and looks likely to start the season on the DL.

*Luke Gregerson's oblique is taking longer than expected to heal, but A.J. Hinch remains confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

*Evan Drellich writes that Tyler White deserves to be the 2016 Opening Day 1B. Hinch:
He always does things that are right. He's made probably one or two mistakes on the bases, and that's about it this spring. So I've been very pleased with his baseball understanding and his ability to put up a good at-bat. 
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*Carlos Correa wants to be more than just an athlete.

*MLBTR broke down the Astros' offseason.

*FanGraphs began their positional rankings. Astros' 1B situation? 17th. 2B? Well, apparently Robinson Cano is the only thing standing between Altuve and #1.

*The Astros honored long-time Osceola County Stadium employee Don Miers.

*Today in "Is Nothing Ever Good Enough?" The Dodgers' focus on the future could waste Clayton Kershaw's best years.

*Toronto pitcher Roberto Osuna was only a few blocks away from the El Chapo bust.