Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros beat the Diamondbacks 8-3 yesterday. But the A's beat the Twins, the Mariners beat the Padres, the Rangers beat the Indians, and the Angels beat the Tigers. So the Astros didn't actually make up any ground and remain 7.5 GB of ARL, 7.0 back of Seattle, 0.5 back of Anaheim, and are tied with the A's.

*The Astros scored all eight runs without hitting a home run - the first time the Astros scored 8+ runs with no homers since August 2014. Hinch:
We scored eight runs early and got out of the gates hot, and it was nice to do it without the benefit of the home run. We got a couple of good hits and when we needed it, we got a couple of timely, well-located hits, and we continued to tack on and chase their starter out of the game early.

*Collin McHugh threw the Astros' first complete game since Mike F. Fiers' no-hitter last August. McHugh:
My whole goal was to keep the bullpen out of it. Keep guys from warming up. Keep guys from coming in. We were able to accomplish that today.

You can't just ignore his 2016 debut, in which the Yankees chased him after getting just one out. But that's exactly what I'm about to do. In his last ten starts (starting with the April 11 start): McHugh has thrown 61.1IP, 73H/28ER, 56K:12BB. In six May starts McHugh threw 40IP, 40H/17ER, 39K:9BB.

*Carlos Gomez has been activated and will join the team in Arizona today. Colin Moran has been optioned back to Fresno. Hinch had nice things to say about Moran and especially liked how Moran just shut the hell up:
He's ready to be a big leaguer. He's going to be an effective hitter for us. He played a pretty good third base while he was here. He doesn't say a word. He's as quiet as they come. There's a lot to like about Colin Moran, and when he comes back, he'll contribute quite a bit. 

*Altuve's triple yesterday was the 2000th triple in franchise history.

*George Springer is 12x29 since being moved to the leadoff spot.

*Lance McCullers' 150 Ks through his first 25 MLB starts is 2nd-highest in franchise history, eight behind Tom Griffin in 1969.

*Memorial Day means a lot for Hinch, whose Team USA roommate was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

*A.J. Reed went 3x5 with a double and an RBI but Fresno and Colorado Springs ended their Memorial Day with a 6-6 tie in the 10th inning, thanks to a travel curfew where both teams needed to catch flights. Since it's the last time the teams will play each other, they just Selig'd it and called it off at 2:30pm. Josh Fields is having a tough time in Fresno. In 7IP, he has allowed 4H/3ER, 6K:5BB.

*Here's what keeps the Royals' front office awake at night (a notable read).

*Here's Lindsay Berra with 12 major league players who died serving their country.

*On Matt Harvey and the Media.

*Vice Sports: Sieg Heil, Refugees Welcome - A Night Spent Partying with Real Madrid Fans.

*Before You Go: Steven Wright's knuckleball is stupid.