Monday, April 3, 2017

Opening Day Hot Links

Astros tonight, y'all.

*David Barron: With a revamped roster and stadium, this is the Astros' time

*Dallas Keuchel:
I think the only difference is we've got a better team. I go about my business the same way each and every year, and that's to get myself ready to go nine innings.

*Evan Gattis will use a QB-style card strapped to his wrist when catching.

*Collin McHugh threw 65 pitches in a simulated game. Next stop: Houston for Opening Night, and then rehab start(s).

*David Schoenfield has what to watch for in every game today and I definitely should have taken today off.

*FanGraphs: The five craziest Opening Day games.

*The Hardball Times: The day that sustains us.

*38 of 53 FanGraphs people picked the Astros to win the division. Nine picked the Mariners, five picked the Ramgers, two picked the Angels.

*You can get real time exit velocities, hit probabilities, etc. thanks to Friend of AC Daren Willman.

*Right now the Astros are +$1400 to win the World Series and +$650 to win the AL Pennant.

*Brett Wallace was released by the Padres.

*Congratulations to the brave viewer at home, whose keen eye preserved the integrity of golf and cost Lexi Thompson a major.