*The Astros are 27-30. Since getting swept by the Rangers they are 10-2. The Astros now have a 41% chance to make the playoffs via FanGraphs, a 31% chance to make the playoffs via Baseball Prospectus, and FiveThirtyEight still isn't as sold as the other two with a 24% chance to make the playoffs.
*Still, Gregerson blew yet another save opportunity in the 9th - his 5th of the season in 18 attempts, most in baseball - and all since May 11. It was his second consecutive blown save, and he has allowed at least one run in three of his last four outings. Gregerson:
A lot of times I'm putting the ball almost right where I want it - down in the zone and good locations. Sometimes, you're just getting beat and I'm just trying not to get too frustrated with myself because I know that I'm making the pitch I want and right now, it's just not coming my way.
*Baseball America's John Manuel told the Chronicle that it's a good year to not have high draft picks, and zeroed in on Virginia's Matt Thaiss as a player that would fit Luhnow's M.O. and would fill a catching need in the organization. Lots of good quotes in this one.
*The Astros put Tyler White's car in center field during batting practice as a prank. Tyler White was not happy, especially when he couldn't find the keys and Carlos Gomez
As long as you don't take it out of context, it's all fun and games and it makes you a little bit stronger. So (White) is one of the guys we like and we'll continue to get on him a little bit, and it will make him tougher.
*Sonny Gray will come off the DL and pitch today against the Astros.
*Chad Qualls is the active leader for most wins in relief.
*Noted terrible person and Marlins team president David Samson explained how they broke the news of Muhammad Ali's passing.
*Jerry Izenberg: I called Ali my friend.
*Jose de Jesus Ortiz writes that Baylor should have been more like Uncle Drayton.
*Jurgen Klinsmann's optimism from the Colombia game might screw the US over against Costa Rica.
*The Little League team with Kevin Love and Klay Thompson.