Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*The Batguy has the recap of the longest regular season game in Astros history.

*The Astros left eight men on base in the first three innings, left 17 on total, went 2x15 w/RISP, didn't get a hit for eight innings, and still ended up with a win. Correa:
Everybody was trying to hit a homer at some point. It was the 10th inning, everybody was trying to hit a homer to finish the game. 

*McTaggart: The Astros' 12 walks are the most since they drew 14 against Milwaukee in 2000.

*Michael Feliz, who got his first MLB win yesterday, is growing up right in front of A.J. Hinch:
We watched him grow up in front of our eyes today a little bit more and a little bit more. It's real stuff coming out of his hand now. There's no tentative approach to him. It's 96 to 98mph. He's rearing back and blowing it by a very contact-driven lineup, so I love seeing that.

*Via Baseball Savant, Erik Kratz has swung and missed at 42% of the pitches he's seen - tied for 3rd-highest in baseball. At 38.55%, Carlos Gomez has the 9th-highest swing-and-miss rate.

*With McCullers coming back tomorrow night, the Astros are kinda-sorta going with a 6-Man rotation for the next couple of weeks. Fiers will be available out of the bullpen for the weekend. Hinch:
Nobody's out of the rotation. We're going to have everybody available. We need a little bit more information on a couple different fronts, most notably Lance. For him to take over a rotation spot, I want to be a little bit more convinced that he's able to handle the workload with the recovery and with pitching every five days.

*Hold the Call A Mup phone: A.J. Reed is on the DL with a strained hamstring.

*Read the story behind one of the most iconic sports photographs ever taken (which was taken at The Astrodome)

*We recorded a bonus episode of Lima Time Time last night.

*Former Astro Brandon Laird won $10,000 and a year's supply of beer.

*A new documentary highlights the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

Before You Go: Watch Derek Fisher hustle for an inside-the-park home run