Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Morning Hot Links

*Read the Masked Marvel's recap of another loss in which the Astros didn't get any hits when they needed them. The Astros end April with a 7-17 record and without having won consecutive games.

*ESPN breaks down all the problems with the 2016 Astros. There are many. Only the 1914 "Miracle" Braves have made it to the World Series with a worse record to start the season.

*Now that this miserable month is over, the Astros are ready to turn the page on the season.

*Carlos Correa hasn't hit a home run since the opening series at New York, but he feels like his swing is coming back.

*Scott Feldman threw three perfect innings in his first relief appearance since 2012, and he chalked it up to being aggressive.
Something that has been a challenge for me the first few times out there was being aggressive like that. Maybe coming out of the 'pen like that kind of just helped jumpstart my aggressiveness a little bit and can carry it over.

*Ken Giles doesn't even know who he is anymore:
I'm out of whack. I'm not me right now...I'm not the guy I was the past two seasons. I'm somebody completely different on the mound, and I don't feel comfortable up there. It's just mechanical work. I don't feel comfortable up there. I don't feel right. I'm just trying to push through where I need to fix those things right now.

This is terrifying. A.J. Hinch also said that he was going to maybe let Giles skip the 8th inning, or high-leverage situations for a while.

*Today in "Okay (wink) buddy" Carlos Gomez is out for a couple of games with a sore ribcage.

*From Steve Grande: George Springer has reached base safely in each of his last 15 games, and 52 of his last 56.

*Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless (*shoots self*) accused Jake Arrieta of using or not using PEDs because they're idiots and I hate myself for even drawing attention to them.

*Ken Davidoff writes that the Yankees' hitting problems are "just getting embarrassing." Same!

*Arizona called up a guy from the Cal League.

*From the Hardball Times: An oral history of the Doug Mirabelli trade. Note: As I mentioned on the Lima Time Time interview with Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor, my wife and I were actually at this game - the only time I've ever been to Fenway.

*Before you go: The Fresno Grizzlies handed out replica 2015 Triple-A Championship rings last night, but 15 lucky fans got actual rings:


calhoun said...

giles and kratz have the same era...
[adds more bailys to coffee]

Chaz R said...

As the old saying goes... "You can't win a pennant in April, but you can certainly lose one." They've really dug themselves a hole and Texas, Seattle, and Oakland are rolling.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to thank Jason Castro for the extra effort and hard work he'said putting in at the plate.

His 100 batting average is a positive outcome of all the off-season work he claims to have put in

He'said on track to be as awful as Surfer Brad Ausmus.

And for all of their defenders --- hitting is 1/2 the game.

Castro needs a bus ticket out of town.

Anonymous said...

Giles sure sounds like a guy who could use a trip to the minors, despite the embarrassment that would bring to the organization....can't think it would be any more embarrassing than continuing to blow games at the major league level. Feel he'll find himself at some point, but those comments reflect zero confidence, something a struggling team really can't have at the moment.