Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros walked it off against the A's, the Twins murdered the Rangers, the Orioles beat the Angels, the Mariners beat the Royals. The AL West looks as such:

West Mesquite: -
Houston: -5.5
Seattle: -8.5
Oakland: -15.5
Anaheim: -16.5

WC1: -2
WC2: -2

*FanGraphs gives the Astros a 33.4% chance of winning the division (Rangers at 60.0%) and a 57.2% chance of making the postseason.

*FiveThirtyEight gives the Astros a 30% chance of winning the division and a 50% chance of making the playoffs.

*The Astronomaly almost struck again, this time with Sean Manaea.

*Ryan Madson blew his second game in three days.

*Dallas Keuchel threw his 5th straight quality start. Hinch, on Keuchel:
I thought we saw a really good start out of Dallas...I think the adjustments have been good and I hope this is a sign of things to come for him and us.

*Astros pitching has been the key to this 1st half turnaround.

*Feldman and Rasmus are happy to get a few days off.

*The Futures Game was yesterday, and Alex Bregman almost got himself a cycle. This video shows how he wanted it.

I feel close. I feel really close. I feel like I'm close to accomplishing one of my goals and that was to get to the big leagues this year.

*Richard Justice: Bregman's day is a strong case to join the Astros.

*Tyler Kepner: Alex Bregman and Dansby Swanson - forever linked.

*Joe Musgrove - originally from San Diego - got a call from Trevor Hoffman congratulating him for making the Futures Game.
It's an honor just to be invited to the game and then on top of that it's in my hometown and the place I grew up watching the game and falling in love with it.