Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

Off-Day Today! Let's check in with FanGraphs on the odds of winning the division after two weeks of the season:

Astros: 44.8%
Mariners: 20.6%
A's: 12.8%
Angels: 12.6%
Rangers: 9.2%

*Check the recap of the 5-4 win over the Tigers.

*Evan Gattis is going to catch at some point this week. Hinch:
It's not as big of a story as maybe we're making it. To get him in the rotation behind the plate and give Castro a day off, and whether I choose to play him or Kratz is something I'll probably talk more about the next homestand.

*Collin McHugh is helping to raise money for cancer research.

*It hurts every time I think about it: J.D. Martinez's rise to stardom began when the Astros let him go.  There are some interesting notes about why Martinez was released and how he has matured as a hitter since signing with Detroit. Martinez:
The best thing they did is what they did - and that's let me go.

*Carlos Correa and Carlos Gomez got the day off yesterday, and Hinch said Springer and Altuve are due for a day off soon, as well.

*Lance McCullers threw a bullpen session yesterday without any issues, so his rehab can continue as scheduled.

*Matt Duffy is treating his latest stint in Fresno "like it's the big leagues." He'll play 3B and LF for Fresno going forward.

*Alex Bregman is destroying the Texas League. He hit his 5th homer yesterday, more than his 2015 season total.

*SportsLogos with an excellent piece on the logo origin of the Corpus Christi Hooks.

*Kevin Sherrington on all the players Spec Richardson (RIP) traded away.

*What you think you know about Ty Cobb is probably wrong.