Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros couldn't figure out Jason Vargas (!) last night in the series opener against Kansas City, losing 5-1. Mike Fiers threw 6IP, 5H/2R (1ER), 3K:3BB in his first start of the season. Tony Sipp allowed a hit and a walk while recording one out. Jandel Gustave struggled, allowing 3R (2ER), on a four hits and a walk in 1.2IP. Brad Peacock walked one in the 9th. Jose Altuve's five-day struggles continued with an 0x4, 2K 2GIDP night, and the Astros were 0x5 w/RISP.

*Astros starters, one time through the rotation: 1.80 ERA.

*The Astros offense has struggled this week, outside of George Springer's best Tyler White impression, hitting just .217 over the first five games. Hinch:
I don't think there's a definitive answer (as to why they've struggled). We faced a little bit of lefthanded pitching, so I don't know if it's the soft stuff from some of the lefties, the overswinging and anxiousness that some of our hitters have had. A pretty small sample size when you talk about five games.

*Evan Gattis got himself a passed ball and an error on catcher's interference in last night's game.

*Carlos Beltran tied Joe DiMaggio's 1,537 RBIs for 49th all-time in baseball history.

*Collin McHugh left his rehab start on Thursday in Fresno with elbow and bicep tightness.

*The return of Dallas Keuchel's changeup is a good sign.

*David Barron notes that as many people have watched the Astros take on the Mariners this week on Root Sports than watched - on average - seven weeks worth of Astros games on CSN Houston in 2013.

*Jon Heyman has the Astros missing the playoffs this year. Heyman also hasn't heard anything from the Astros about switching Correa and Bregman at SS.

*The County Mountie took a look at the best backup player in Astros' history.

On The Farm

Fresno beat Reno 6-1. Brady Rodgers threw 6IP, 4H/1ER, 4K:0BB; Derek Fisher hit his 2nd homer of the season and Tony Kemp had two hits and a stolen base.

Corpus lost to Arkansas 6-1. Kent Emmanuel threw 4IP, allowing 6H/4ER, 5K:1BB; Jon Singleton was 1x3 with a double and a walk,

Quad Cities lost to Wisconson 1-0. Dustin Hunt threw 3IP, 4H/1ER, 5K:1BB in the loss after starter Carson LaRue threw 5IP, 3H/0ER, 4K:2BB; Stephen Wrenn and Chuckie Robinson had two hits each to account for four of the River Bandits' five hits.

Buies Creek beat Winston-Salem 5-3, trading three runs each in the 8th inning. Alex Winkelman threw 5IP, 1H/0ER, 9K:1BB as the BCA struck out 17 Winston-Salem batters; Dexture McCall was 1x3 with a 2-run triple and a walk.


John Martin said...

The McHugh news seems a bit worrisome. I'm sure Fiers will get a few more turns now but I would hate to see him still in the rotation come June.

dHo said...

Hinch: A pretty small sample size when you talk about five games.

And at the end of the season if we are out of the playoffs by one game? Why isn't the start of the season as important as the end?

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