Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros beat the mess out of the A's - finally - yesterday. The Angels swept the Ramgers. The Mariners walked it off in the 11th against the White Sox. Here's your division:

*North Cedar Hill: -
*Houston: -3.5
*Seattle: -6.5
*Anaheim: -11.5
*Oakland: -12.5

*For the first time since April 30, FanGraphs gives the Astros a better chance at winning the division (46.3%) than the Rangers (44.4%). FanGraphs also gives the Astros a 16.2% chance of winning a Wild Card spot (those spots are favored towards the other two AL East teams.)

*BP isn't buying it. They have the Astros at 28.4% to win the division and 49.8% to make the playoffs.

*Neither is FiveThirtyEight, who gives the Astros a 32% chance of winning the division and a 51% chance of making the postseason.

*Carlos Correa has a league-leading 29 RBI since June 20.

*Evan Gattis was hit on the back of the hand yesterday, but X-rays showed no fracture.

*The County Mountie wrote up potential Astros trade targets.

*Doug Fister's hometown paper wrote up how he's been a steal for the Astros. Foster:
I want my team to know it can go out and lean on me every fifth day. My consistency is my biggest goal throughout the year, and I feel like I've done a pretty good job with that so far.

Read more here:

*Alex Bregman made his first start in LF for Fresno last night...and went 3x5 - his 9th multi-hit game in his last 16. Teoscar Hernandez has hits in 14 of his 17 Triple-A games.

*Jake Kaplan said Bregman could get called up tomorrow. The Grizzlies wrap up a series in Round Rock (I didn't get to attend any of those games) and the Astros are off today before starting a series at home tomorrow night against Anaheim.

*Nolan Ryan was in Round Rock last night, so maybe there's something to it.

*Peter Gammons outchea blowing minds:

*ESPN: The Rangers are hurting in a few different ways. Prince Fielder's season could be over, and Shin-Soo Choo is back on the DL.

*The Indians are interested (as are a bunch of teams, likely) in Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

*South Korea is reeling from a game-fixing scandal.

*The Hardball Times: The Big Red Machine turns 40

*Also from THT: The physics of catchers' knees.

*The Texas connection to the failed coup in Turkey.


Anonymous said...

Alex only played a few innings in left. He moved to short after Mayfield got hurt beating out a ground ball. He saw 2 flyballs and a single. Looked fine but not a big sample. He did make an error at short.

Michael Carder said...

Why Left? Why not CENTER??


Lucas Levin said...

Left is easier to learn then center.

Anonymous said...

Wish he could catch...