Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*Springa ding ding ding dong hit a go-ahead home run to defeat the Mariners, 2-1. The Rays beat the Angels. The Red Sox beat the piss out of the Rangers again. The A's beat the Twins. So here's the division:

*Trinity River: -
*Houston: -7.5
*Seattle: -9.5
*Oakland: -15.5
*Anaheim: -18.5

WC1: -1.5
WC2: -1.0

*FanGraphs gives the Astros a 23.2% chance of winning the division and a 53.2% chance of making the postseason.
*FiveThirtyEight gives the Astros a 21% chance of winning the division and a 46% chance of making the postseason.

*Simone Biles dominated the first pitch.

*Lance McCullers - who had his best start of the season yesterday - praised George Springer:
You're talking about an All-Star caliber, Gold Glove...right fielder. If he's got 19 home runs before the break, what he's done for us at the top of the lineup and what he does defensively, I don't think really can be measures. There's that WAR stat, but we have some of the best players in the whole league playing on our team.

*Hinch was impressed by McCullers' breaking pitches yesterday. Hinch:
He's learning. And he's getting better and better. 

*Robinson Cano:
Don't get me wrong. That's a great curve, but we were chasing a lot of bad pitches, including myself. He won the game. We had a situation with the bases loaded...and he got out of that inning. You have to give him credit for the way he pitched, but there's nothing more you can do.

*ESPN took a closer look at McCullers' start.

*Hinch can't figure out why the Astros struggle against lefty pitching.

*Will Harris and Jose Altuve are the only two Astros' all-stars for Ken Rosenthal.

*Alex Bregman hit two home runs last night because he is a magical unicorn. Tony DeFrancesco told the Fresno Bee:
Definitely a guy who's got many tools. We'll see how he continues to perform. He's in the same class of a Carlos Correa. They're able to make adjustments quick in their career and has a chance to get to the bigs real quick.

*Lancaster's Bobby Boyd brings old-school skills to the Astros' organization, writes Today's Knuckleball.

*The Rangers apparently scouted the Twins' Ervin Santana last Friday night.

*Robbie Grossman made MLBTR's list of top under-the-radar trade candidates.

*Before You Go: