Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*The Masked Marvel has your recap of the heart-breaking loss to the South Euless Rangers.

*Mike Fiers:
I can't give them too much credit this game. There were a bunch of bloop hits. They battled me on some pitches. But we just played bad baseball. That's pretty much what it comes down to.

*If the Astros don't play like the 1919 White Sox in the 1st inning, somehow not covering first base TWICE, then this game is a different story. Or maybe when the Astros had Springer and Altuve up with one out and the bases loaded and didn't get a run out of it. Or maybe when some Voodoo Methodist shaman came and sacrificed a goat on the field for the Grapevine Mills Rangers.

*Ken Giles - who deserves next to none of the blame for this loss - is ready to throw down:
*Correa, who bobbled what should easily have been a routine, inning-ending double play in the bottom of the 9th and allowed the situation for Punchy Odor to win the game for the Greater Texarkana Rangers, does deserve some of the blame, and says the rest of the team should share in that blame, as well.
It has to be a double-play ball. It got caught in my glove a little bit. I was still able to get the out at second, but not the double play. But still, we played sloppy since the game started. A couple of situational hitting spots we missed, a couple of ground balls, we didn't get to a base and stuff like that, and we ended up losing the game.

*Hinch talked about the closer-by-committee role.

*Evan Gattis' resurgence at the plate might be attributed to a return to catching.

*Luhnow feels like they're picking in the second round of the draft because of how long they have to wait.

*In a story that just feels appropriate given the circumstances of last night's loss to West Grand Prairie, the Astros former VP of Human Resources had his 2005 National League Championship ring stolen out of a safe he forgot to bring in from his car.

*RIP Evan P. Grant's nipples, who died from him tweaking them too hard.


JoeinAlaska said...

Correa's defensive sabremetrics are pretty poor. So why are they training Bregatron to take over at third base. Why not move Correa and keep Bregatron at shortstop?

Anonymous said...

Watching Jason Castro, Carlos Gomez, and Luis Valbuena play baseball is similar to getting kicked in the balls with a steel toed boot everyday.

They're getting worse every game!

The Batguy said...

Anon, if you're going to make comments, try to keep them realistic.

Yes, both Castro and Valbuena sucked in April, but since May 1st Castro is hitting .269/.406/.487. The average catcher in the majors this year is hitting .235/.303/.373. Even if you include April, Castro has a higher OBP and SLG than the average catcher.

Valbuena's hitting .262/.356/.476 since May 1st. The average 3B this year is hitting .260/.332/.435.

Those two have not been getting worse every day. They've been getting better. That's not to say they will continue to improve. I'm simply saying they've been improving for over half the season now.

Hell, even Gomez has been a little better since coming back from the DL, raising his batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage since his return. Now, he still sucks, but even he's not "getting worse every game."

Anonymous said...

Completely disagree with Anon about Castro and Valbuena. They have been solid since May 1. Unfortunately I have to agree with him/her on Gomez. Watching Gomez swing out of his helmet, again, is frustrating. Him hitting a HR this past Sunday could be the worse possible outcome for him. Now he'll be swinging for the fences every pitch instead of playing under control like he had been.

Anonymous said...

Jason Castro has been awful for a couple of years.

The "since May 1" argument means very little. Anyone can have a decent month. That's a small sample size compared to the SEASONS of futility since his All Star appearance.

Anonymous said...

I'm sick and tired of losing to the Dallas Rangers.

The Batguy said...

True, but that wasn't what the 1st Anon was arguing (unless you're the first Anon...you all look alike to me.)