Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

And a happy New Year to you, fellow fans of the World Champion Houston Astros.

*A.J. Hinch:
We're still smiling and still celebrating, but I'm going to be the guy that has to tell these guys to flip the script and get on to 2018. We won't be any less hungry or any less motivated to try to do it again. 

Click the link for five key questions as the Astros try to repeat in 2018.

*Justin Verlander needs 12 wins and 84 strikeouts to reach 200 and 2500, respectively. Jose Altuve needs 16 home runs and 39 runs scored to reach 100 and 600, respectively.

*Each Astro got about $438,000 as their playoff share.

*There were 19 minor-league games in 2017 in which a player (wink) hit for the cycle. Corpus' Jamie Ritchie was the only one to do it and lose.

*With the Bills going to the playoffs, the Mariners now have the longest playoff drought in any of the four major pro sports.

*Jon Heyman: Five reasons why this offseason is taking so long.