Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

*Masked Marvel wrote up the recap to the G6 loss at Milwaukee
*PreStros Morning Report for April 10.

*Dallas Keuchel walked a career-high six batters, and he recognized his lack of command. Keuchel:
I think we'd like to play in a little bit warmer weather, but at the same time we've got to come out and have some intensity. It was really sloppy today. It started with me. I've got to get my act straight because everybody else is looking toward me. It was just really sloppy.

*Hinch promised that the baselining errors and sloppy play will get tightened up.

*The Astros are picking their spots to bunt against the shift. Hinch:
If you're going to shift us and the game calls for a baserunner being more important than anything else, then we're going to factor that in. I'm proud of the guys for embracing that as a counter punch to the shift.

*Evan Gattis is likely to return to Houston during the Kansas City series, where he will see some playing time at catcher.

*Lance McCullers will start today for Corpus.

*Corpus is's 2nd-most talented team in the minors.

*Mike Fiers says the Astros trade has worked out well for him:
(The trade) was a great move for me personally. I had a lot of fun here and some great moments. Playoffs were a big deal as well. Great experience for me. 

*Danny Reynolds - DFA'd to make room for Chris Devenski - was claimed by the Angels.

*Brian T. Smith would like to remind the Astros that the games count now, a column complete with a reminder about ALDS G4. (Alt Link)

*Baseball America doesn't really get the Astros' signing of Cuban player Anibal Sierra. 

*Shin-Soo Choo is out for 4-6 weeks; Robinson Chirinos is out 10-12 weeks. The Rangers promoted top prospect Nomar Mazara. 

*Read Jose de Jesus Ortiz's first column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

*Vice Sports: How not paying college athletes is racist.

*Before You Go: