Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

The Fightin' Rasmuses beat the A's 3-1 last night, with Collin McHugh throwing 6IP, 4H/0ER, 5K:1BB. Ken Giles needed 12 pitches to strike out two batters in the 9th for his 6th save. Evan Gattis hit his 22nd homer of the season and Alex Bregman recorded another RBI single.

Rasmus had an outfield assist and a home run to pace the Astros to the win. Rasmus:
It's about as good a feeling as you can have being a baseball player. I was just glad to be able to get out there and contribute and do some good for the team in a time where we needed a little spark. 

A fan ran on the field but it was nowhere near as great as this fan's hijinks.

Scoreboard Watchin' 

Who Won: The Rangers (of course), Blue Jays, Tigers, Yankees

Who Lost: The Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, Royals

So the Astros are 70-62, 2.0 up on the Mariners, still 8.5 GB of the Rangers. Houston is 3.0 GB of Boston for WC1 and 2.0 GB of Baltimore for WC2. Wild Card looks essentially like this:

Boston: +1
Baltimore: 0
Detroit: -1
Houston: -2
Kansas City: -3
New York: -3.5
Seattle: -4

The Astros only have a 1.7% chance at winning the division, according to FanGraphs, but a 21.2% chance at making the playoffs. Here are the Wild Card odds for non-division leaders, again, according to FanGraphs:
Red Sox: 48.6%
Orioles: 34.4%
Tigers: 33.9%
Astros: 21.2%

*The Astros shook up their front office, most notably by not renewing director of minor league operations Allen Rowin's job and promoting scouting director Mike Elias to Assistant GM. Also receiving promotions are Pete Putila and Armando Velasco.

*Some Southern California company that has to do with 360-degree athletic performance evaluation has signed an endorsement deal with Carlos Correa. Correa ain't about that league-minimum life.

*Ken Rosenthal writes that 2016 could be the first year two 2Bs win MVP awards.

*Brady Rodgers and James Hoyt were named to the 2016 All-PCL Team.

*A team has claimed Yasiel Puig on revocable waivers. It wasn't the Astros.

*Does Mount Everest have a doping problem?

*This is why he must be stopped:

*Before You Go: The Tweet of the Day: