Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Good moanin'. If you were like me, you took a mental break from watching/thinking about the Astros and now you're ready to get all pissed off about the Cardinals.

*The Twins beat the Angels, the A's did something the Astros haven't been able to do for 14 months: beat the dog piss out of the Rangers. The Mariners and Astros were off.

*The updated division looks like this:
-SW Texarkana: -
-Seattle: -4.5
-Houston: -9.5
-Oakland: -11.5
-Anaheim: -12

*FanGraphs gives the Astros a 15.6% chance to win the division and a 29.0% chance of making the postseason.

*The Washington Post breaks down what has happened to Dallas Keuchel.

*Less than 24 hours after Alamo Heights lost the state championship game, star pitcher and Astros #17 pick Forrest Whitley was in the weight room.

*The Astros signed 4th Round draft pick Brett Adcock for "a little bit below slot." The 2016 Draft page has been updated accordingly.

-Fresno's Brady Rodgers has figured something out: in his last four starts he's 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA, and out-dueled Tim Lincecum on Sunday. Astros' Director of Minor-League Operations Allen Rowin:
He's just using his pitches better and knowing how to compete at the higher level. He went through our system, on up through Double-A, and really had success everywhere he went and got to Triple-A last year, and it was the first year he had got hit pretty good and he had to figure some stuff out, and he's done it.

The ever-sunshiny Morgan Ensberg:
*The Hooks are 40-22, 11-2 in their last 13, and 31-10 since May 1. MLBTR lists Alex Bregman first in their Knocking Down The Door series.

*A group of 50 high school girls will be at Minute Maid Park today and tomorrow for the Astros' Urban Youth Academy's "Softball Breakthrough Series," for a chance to get seen by college coaches.