ERA leaders in the AL the last 10 years among starters age 22 and under. Lance McCullers tops the list. pic.twitter.com/4nz5ey2Ox7— Matt Hammond (@MattHammondShow) July 28, 2016
*McCullers' 11.79 K/9 is #onpaceto set the franchise record by Nolan Ryan, who had an 11.48 K/9 in 1987.Career ERA coming into today:— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 28, 2016
Lance McCullers Sr. 3.25
Lance McCullers Jr. 3.26
Lance McCullers Jr. 3.21
Lance McCullers Sr. 3.25
When Lance McCullers gets his spin rate above 3000 RPMs on his curve batters are 4 for 40 with 25 strike outs.— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 28, 2016
*Rasmus came alive last night, snapping an 0x29 slump and a career-high seven-game hitless streak. Rasmus:
Any time you get a hit or a home run or whatever, just to help the boys is great. Especially as much as I've been letting us down, to be able to do that against the Yankees in a game we needed to win, since they beat us the first two, I'm thankful and happy to do it.
*Rasmus has a cyst on his inner ear that will require surgery.
*Carlos Gomez joins Luis Valbuena with a strained hamstring. Now with the possibility of just one healthy player on the bench, Hinch says a move will likely be made, but it's an easy move:
...We're expecting to put Fister on paternity leave soon. His wife is going to deliver his first child in the next couple of days, so we might have a transaction in Detroit that will probably be a position player.
*AL West: the A's beat the Rangers, the Pirates beat the Mariners, the Royals beat the Angels.
-Red Oak: -
-Golden State: -11
*Wild Card Watch: the Padres beat the Blue Jays, the Tigers beat the Red Sox.
*FanGraphs has the Astros at 45.7% to win the division (Ramgers at 45.6%) and 62.9% to make the playoffs.
*BP has the Astros at 36.5% to win the division (Ramgers at 50.6%) and 58.2% to make the playoffs.
*FiveThirtyEight has the Astros at 39% to win the division (Ramgers at 52%) and 58% to make the playoffs.
*The County Mountie wrote up Round 3 of potential Astros trade targets.
*I wrote about the life and times of Rangers great Lucas Harrell.
*Trade talks are picking up on Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and the Astros are apparently in the mix.
*Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Astros might be okay with letting Gattis be the catcher next year and to find a backup elsewhere, searching instead for pitching.
*Today's Knuckleball writes that Castro is the best catcher in the AL.
*MLB.com updated their prospect rankings for the midseason, and here's where we are:
Bregman (#1, yes, the #1 prospect in baseball), A.J. Reed (#38), Francis Martes (#41), Forrest Whitley (#85), David Paulino (#86), Joe Musgrove (#87), Kyle Tucker (#93).
Houston also is ranked as the 5th-best system in baseball by MLB.com.
*Francis Martes' line last night: 7IP, 1H/0ER, 9K:1BB.
*Sean Pendergast has the 10 Most Important Trades in Astros history.
*Eno Sarris has what it's like to get traded, from a player's perspective.