Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

The Masked Marvel has the recap of last night's BoomWin against the Mariners. The Rangers beat the Red Sox, Angels beat the Rays, and the Twins beat the A's. On the Wild Card side, the Blue Jays beat the Royals.

So the Astros are 7.5 behind the Ramgers, 2.5 ahead of the Mariners in the division. And they're 1.0 behind the 1st WC, and 0.5 behind the 2nd WC spot.

*FanGraphs has the Astros at a 25.7% chance to win the division and a 32.5% change of a Wild Card spot. That 32.5% Wild Card chance is the highest in the AL.

*Will Harris will make his All-Star debut and Jose Altuve gets his 4th All-Star nod. Altuve joins Biggio as the only Astros to start two consecutive All-Star Games. One more All-Star selection and Altuve will tie Lance Berkman for 2nd in team history. Biggio leads the franchise with seven ASG nods. Harris:
I'm not going to take it for granted. I don't know if I'll ever get another opportunity like this again. I'm going to soak it in. I'm going to have a big smile on my face for a few days. It should be a lot of fun.

Harris is the first Astros reliever to make an All-Star team since Brad Lidge in 2005.

*George Springer is one of the biggest All-Star snubs, writes David Schoenfield. But he is part of the Final Vote thing.

*Hinch wants to give Altuve and Springer a day off before the All-Star break.

*Over his last 25 games, Ken Giles has a 2.30 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 23.1IP.

*FanGraphs does a deep dive into AL Center Fielder hitter contact quality. Basically, if Gomez could cut his strikeouts, he'd be Adam Jones...
With a league average K rate, he'd be about a league-average performer, or for his position, a little better. Instead, he's been the definition of replacement-level offense.

*Fresno's Brady Rodgers will start the Triple-A All-Star Game for the PCL on July 13.

*2016 4th Round pick Brett Adcock is out for the season after suffering a knee injury while fielding a bunt.

*From the NYT: Where players go to vent.

*Yahoo: How scouts got Corey Seager wrong

*Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang is under investigation for sexual assault after a Pirates/Cubs game in Chicago.

*If it makes you feel better about the Rangers thing: