Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros got shutout for the first time this season with a 6-0 loss to Seattle yesterday. Charlie Morton was just alright, Tony Sipp did Tony Sipp things.

*James Paxton, in two starts against Houston this season: 13IP, 6H/0ER, 13K:3BB.

*A.J. Hinch is not worried about the worrisome offense, which is collectively hitting .232 with a .686 OPS:
We're going to be a good offensive club. This is eight games of a little bit of a roller coaster ride, but our offense won't be a problem. 

No, see, we have to explain a roller-coaster now. This is not a roller-coaster. A roller-coaster ride of an offense would involve a couple of 10-run games with 14 hits. This is the Sheriff Callie's Wild Western Adventure roller-coaster, designed for toddlers to not throw up.

*Evan Gattis has been working on his plate discipline.

*Using Chris Devenski for 4+ innings comes with a price. Hinch:
I never planned on using him for that type of relief outing once, let alone twice in the first week. He's earned a couple days off.

*Check out FanGraphs' Top 21 Astros Prospects piece. It's NSFW, especially the write-up on Francis Martes.

*Book recommendation: Stacey May Fowles' "Baseball Life Advice." I kinda sorta know Stacey May, and you should definitely buy this book (and sign up for her newsletter).

On The Farm

*#1 prospect Francis Martes made his season debut for Fresno and threw 5IP, 5H/0ER, 3K:3BB, but a late five-run inning off a Reymin Guduan meltdown gave Reno the win. Rule 5 pick Jared Mortensen made his debut and threw 2IP, 1H/0ER, 1K:1BB. Derek Fisher and Tyler White hit homers.

*Corpus scored three early runs and held on for a 3-2 win over NW Arkansas. Brock Dykxhoorn and Joshua James each threw 4IP. Kevin Comer got the save. The Hooks were 1x13 w/RISP, but five hits and six walks generated enough for the win.

*Buies Creek improved to 5-0 with a 3-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Lefty pitcher and eventual Tony Sipp replacement Framber Valdez threw 4IP, allowing 1H/2R (0ER), 6K:4BB. Riley Ferrell got the save with 2K in 1IP. The BCA got RBIs from Jason Martin, Christian Correa, and Ryne Birk.

*Quad Cities' game against Peoria was postponed due to rain.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still not a fan of Dave Hudgens. Our situational hitting approach has been terrible since his arrival.

Chas R said...

Never would have thought the offense would start off like this and the starting pitching would be good.

Anonymous said...

Strange that the team's offense has been this bad. Very few whiffs, lots of homeruns, but other than that, not many doubles.

Plus, the baserunning hasn't seemed to be stellar either.

You gotta think that the hitting will come around, especially since there aren't many strikeouts.