Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

*Cockroach has the recap of yesterday's Astro-mastery by Matt Moore.

*The 2016 Draft page has been updated.

*Lima Time Time Episode 13: The Astronomaly went live late last night.

*Things were going great for Dallas Keuchel (4IP, 1H/0ER), until the 5th when they weren't (5 runs on four hits two walks and two defensive misplays):
I don't believe in bad luck. It's just the way it's going. So I'll stick with it, and I would like for it to turn around. If anybody's got any ideas, that would be great.

The big inning, often times, results from a lot of different things. He had a couple walks in there. They had a couple good at-bats where they got a couple good hits, but then our defense let us down a little bit. So add all that together, and it was a five-run inning where we just couldn't get the inning to end for a variety of reasons.

*Carlos Correa (ankle) is looking at a Tuesday return. Hinch:
He's doing fine. There's a little unknown until he gets going at game speed with spikes on and reactive plays (happening), as opposed to these scripted, easy fungos and batting practice in tennis shoes on the turf. He's moving around fine. He was saying today he felt a lot better. That's all great. This is more strategic on the fact that we have a day off tomorrow, and we can give him a little extra time off.

*Luis Valbuena's .871 OPS since May 1 is 3rd among AL 3Bs. Hinch:
He's controlling the strike zone a little bit better. He gets into pull mode and his big swings can get him into a little bit of trouble. He's got so much power that it can be to his detriment sometimes where he's trying to hunt home runs and gets a little big big (with his swing). 

*Tim Lincecum's (likely final) line for Salt Lake City against Fresno last night: 7IP, 1H/0ER, 8K:1BB. Brady Rodgers' line for Fresno: 8IP, 2H/0ER, 8K:0BB. Fresno beats The Lincecums 1-0.

*Watch the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo absolutely destroy Carl Crawford:
When he got to Boston, he became a whiner and blamed his lack of success on everything and anything but himself. One of the least accountable people I've seen come through Boston in the 32 years I've been around the team.

*Absolutely phenomenal story (from 2013), via SI: The best player you never saw.

*The Cubs and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel aren't real happy with each other.