Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Morning Hot Links

*The Masked Marvel has the recap of the violent and glorious 12-2 win over the A's. The Rangers beat the Mariners, the Angels beat the Pirates, and the Twins lost to the Rays. So the Astros are tied with the Angels for 3rd, 6.0 back of the Mariners, and 7.0 back of the Rangers.

*Carlos Correa hit a 440-foot triple, and our boy Daren Willman says that 93% of the balls hit that far leave the park.

*Jason Castro is still running a fever, hence all the Catchis love.

*Tony Kemp keeps playing his way into the Astros' lineup. Hinch:
He's very disciplined in his approach...and he can be a pest up there. So his ability to get on base is something that we've always liked throughout his minor-league career and if he gets up here and can hit at the bottom of the order and set the table for the top of the order, he will be very valuable for us.

*Jonah Keri writes about the unconventional choice of Springer hitting leadoff, and the resulting surge for the Astros.

*Richard Justice says that the Astros go as Springer goes.

*FanGraphs has a very in-depth interview with Lance McCullers regarding mechanics and pitching.

*The Astros will have just under $6,000,000 to spend on next week's draft. The Astros are linked to a number of college pitchers with the 17th overall pick.

*Jeff Passan: A Kansas high schooler's 157-pitch outing explains everything that's wrong with youth baseball.

*Vanderbilt is trying to cope after the death of pitcher Donny Everett.

*The Marlins scooped the world on Muhammad Ali's death.

*Robert Lipsyte's obituary of Muhammad Ali in the New York Times is fantastic. So is the one written by SI's Richard Hoffer.

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