Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*Make sure you check out the Masked Marvel's G1 recap.

*Brian McCann will not be surprised with whatever success Dallas Keuchel has this season:
When you get behind the scenes, you see him be there at 5 in the morning in Spring Training working out. His preparation is off the charts. You know why he's a Cy Young Award winner. He's incredible. 

Hinch, on Keuchel:
He's a perfectionist. He demands a lot out of himself. He doesn't accept mediocrity and doesn't accept less than his best. I think he's stubborn that way, and I love that characteristic.

*George Springer joins Terry Puhl as the only Astros to hit a leadoff homer on Opening Day.

*Hinch, on Correa:
Correa is maturing right in front of our eyes. He's taking steps forward in every aspect of the game...It shouldn't surprise any of us when he has nights like tonight.

*Collin McHugh will be Fresno's Opening Day starter on Thursday as part of his rehab starter. McHugh:
I feel like my arm's there. I feel like it's ready to go. It's just a matter of getting the pitches in. Moving forward I don't feel any lingering effects, which is solid.

*Jon Singleton will begin the 2017 season in Corpus Christi in an effort to get him ABs, according to Luhnow.

*Root Sports has reached an agreement with MLB to stream Astros games in-market. How does this affect you cord-cutters? The service, which will apparently start next month, is only available to authenticated users. So you'll likely need someone's username/password to see the games if you don't have cable.

*Jim Crane said the Astros are "middle-market." Matt Hammond took issue.

*If you want the other side of last night's game, check out SoDo Mojo's thoughts.