Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Morning Hot Links

*Random 2017 Astros fact:

There are currently 38 players on the Astros' 40-Man Roster. The deadline to set the 40-Man roster for Rule 5 purposes is at 7pm Central today.

*FanGraphs: Houston ranks 8th in total guaranteed contracts owed for 2018 and taking on Verlander's contract as well as increases in arbitration for some key players (Keuchel, Springer, McCullers) will mean - obviously - that their payroll will increase.

*Here's Bill James on Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, Win Shares, WAR, and luck. And here's the follow-up.

*It took me a while, but I wrote about what CoolStandings told us about the 2017 Astros season.

*Joe Musgrove asked for fans' World Series tattoos.

*If you're planning on getting in line for Altuve's autograph at the Academy in Katy (I-10 and Grand Parkway)'re about eight hours too late.

*From the NCAA, who took time out of their busy schedule of screwing athletes, Evan Gattis' road to the World Series went through UT-Permian Basin.

*Lance McCullers and Alex Bregman were at Minute Maid Park yesterday for the Shriners Game.

*Here's Justin Verlander standing next to a pre-makeup extra on The Walking Dead:

*Leeds United beat Boro 2-1.

*Christian Pulisic: Hope of a nation