Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday Morning Hot Links

Still kind of struggling with how to approach these posts. While I realize that there are a bunch of you not from Houston, there are a bunch who are in the Houston area and don't likely give a crap what's happening with the Astros right now. This storm isn't about me - I'm safe a couple hundred miles away - but my mom, dad, grandparents, aunt, cousin, nephew are all scattered around the area, not to mention hundreds/thousands of friends. A good number of those hundreds/thousands of friends are friends because of the Astros and because of Astros County. My heart breaks for the city I consider myself from, and for all of you who are sweating this out.

*Brian McCann:
It's tough, it really is tough. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in the city of Houston. This is not good. You see pictures and it's devastating. You just pray for everybody's safety.

We have families that are stuck, we have families that are in closets worried about tornadoes, a lot of heavy hearts and that's not even counting what we don't know. It's a game and we played hard and there's a lot of people going through a lot in the world, but I think our guys were really concerned and continue to be concerned. This is not going to be solved by one win, this is not going to be solved overnight and we want our people to be safe. 

It's scary. It's obviously tough for us to be out here where it's 80 degrees and blue skies and there's a lot of people at home in serious jeopardy. We're human beings too. We have houses and families and belongings there too.

Our primary concern is for the safety of people of Houston.

Talking about game situations is so hollow with people down the street from Minute Maid losing their cars, losing their lives - their homes are in jeopardy. There is an emptiness in the thought we would play in Houston. 

Charlie Morton:
Personally, I have three kids at home and a wife [back in Houston]. You're worried about your family. It's just different.

*At least the Astros did the Good Thing yesterday with McCann channeling his inner 2015 Evan Gattis and getting a bases-clearing triple, providing the Astros the go-ahead runs in a game in which they had blown a 4-0 lead (a day after losing a game they had once led by five runs). The Astros are 79-51, 13.5 games up on the Angels/Mariners and 5.5 up on the Indians, who are a half-game up on the Red Sox for 2nd-best record in the AL. Boston just got swept by Baltimore because why not. There are 32 games remaining.

*The Astros won a road series for the first time since July 21-23 (Baltimore).

*Jose Altuve became the 4th Astro to hit 20 home runs this season, matching the 2016 total (with Bregman and Marisnick both sitting at 16).

*Mike Trout was 0x3 with two walks. This season Trout is hitting .269/.424/.423 against the Astros, which feels like a big ol' win.

*The Astros flew to Dallas yesterday, with today being an off-day before a three-game series with the Rangers was scheduled to start at Minute Maid Park tomorrow. That's unlikely to happen. There will be some sort of update from the Astros regarding that series today.

*Tim Brown notes that just swapping a series with the Rangers is more difficult than it would appear, and this weekend's upcoming series against the Mets will probably require a neutral site.

*Richard Justice: Baseball will help heal Houston.

*Will Harris was activated from the DL. James Hoyt was optioned back to Fresno.

*Carlos Correa was 0x3 with a walk but Fresno beat Tacoma with the help of Tyler White's grand slam. Fresno is three games back of Reno for a playoff spot with eight games to play.

*NY Times: How Harvey became so destructive

*Water will be released from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

*Bay City is under mandatory evacuation until 1pm today.

*You can buy this #HOUSTRONG shirt and the proceeds will benefit the relief efforts.