*Well yesterday mostly sucked. The Astros got shut down by Yu Darvish and the Grand Saline Rangers, losing 6-1. The Astros were held to two hits as it figured to be another long bullpen night, what with Joe Musgrove coming off the DL. Hinch:
He was good. We were very cautious with his pitch count, obviously. Seventy-five was as high as we wanted to go, so I went out to get him.
Musgrove threw exactly 75 pitches, leaving after 4.2IP, with 5H/2ER, 2K:1BB. The question for Musgrove will be how he feels today, the day after his start. As of last night soreness hadn't yet set in. There's a chance that the Astros could achieve the Golden Cringe: five starting pitchers on the DL at the same time.
Chris Devenski, Tony Sipp, and Dayan Diaz all made appearances, and all allowed at least one earned run.
*And if that wasn't enough, the Astros lost Lance McCullers to the 10-Day DL with lower-back soreness. Hinch thinks it's a short stint:
It's something that would've made him miss his start (scheduled for today). So then we decided to put him on the DL, give him complete rest and hope that he comes back after those 10 days.
So now Brad Peacock will pitch on three days rest, allowing Frankie Tuesday to make his first career MLB start on Wednesday.
I understand the question about the Astros' playing the 10-Day DL as a way to rest starters, but I don't think they'd do it with Keuchel and McCullers at the same time.
*Oh, and Josh Reddick was diagnosed with a mild concussion, but he told Correa he was fine. The Astros sent him home after the diagnosis, and he'll be reevaluated today. Things are going great, why?
*The Astros have lost five of their last seven games, still have an 12-game lead in the division. It doesn't feel like it, but it's true.
*The Astros, who considered him an early-1st round talent, see a lot of Sonny Gray in their 1-15 pick J.B. Bukauskas:
Being what some people have called an undersized right-hander, it's really special to be compared to (Gray) because I've grown up watching him and modeling my game after him a little bit. It's just really cool to be mentioned in that caliber.
*Here's FanRag's Tommy Stokke on 75th overall pick JJ Matijevic's adjustments.
*If you're interested in the financials of the MLB draft, with more-frequent updates, czech our 2017 Astros MLB Draft tracker.
*Check David J. Roth's MLB Draft Names: Real or Fake?
*Vice: An oral history of Oakland's Moneyball Draft.