Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*A rainout in the 3rd inning cancelled Dallas Keuchel's 5ER in 2IP and the Twins and Astros will play a day/night double-header today, with Doug Fister starting at 12:10 and Chris Devenski starting at 6:10pm, and he'll be able to go at least 5IP.

Hinch:
We obviously are fortunate because of the way the game started. You never know how it's going to end, but we'll take the restart. 

*Teams are allowed to add a 26th man to the roster for double-headers, so Kevin Chapman is on his way up from Fresno and will be available for Game 2.

*I wrote some thoughts about Carlos Gomez.

*Gomez was gracious and classy in his exit:
I know I didn't do my best. I wish the best to them. They have a great team and organization. The only thing I feel bad (about) is because I didn't do my job.

Luhnow:
I don't know if anybody could've forecasted a (decline like Gomez's). We didn't. We expected him to continue to produce at a high level. So from that standpoint, it's disappointing. But you can't win them all. Some trade are going to work out. Some aren't. 

Hinch:
I know he carried the burden of being a big acquisition in July. He often spoke of feeling responsible and trying to play better for the team, knowing that he was a big addition last July during the playoff race. Heading into this season, with his free agency looming, I just think he put a lot of pressure on himself to be perfect. The harder he tried, sometimes the more difficult it became.

Gomez, to McTaggart:
The organization traded for me because they needed a center fielder, and they have me all the opportunity and I didn't do my job. I feel bad about this. I'm a hard worker and every day I do my best, and I know being released is really tough for me, but I thank...the Astros. They always believed I could help this team win games and I didn't do it. 

*Back in March, MLBTR thought that Gomez would be a $150m free agent signing after this season. Probably not, now.

*A year after the drama of the Mets backing out of the Carlos Gomez trade, they're now "open" to bringing him to New York.

*Luke Gregerson could be activated as early as tomorrow after no lingering affects from the bullpen session yesterday.

*Rule 5 survivor Jandel Gustave will pitch in middle relief for however long he's with the team, given the impending arrivals of Luke Gregerson and Yulieski Gurriel.

*Of course the Rangers made another late comeback against the Rockies. David Schoenfield writes that maybe they're a team of destiny. Given the banging of last night's game in Minnesota, the Astros are nine games back of the Rangers.

*Jose Bautista has been placed on the 15-Day DL. The Astros visit Toronto tomorrow night.

*Jeff Zimmerman watched 56 hours of live baseball in one weekend.

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