Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Morning Hot Links

Good morning. It is 24 days until Opening Day.

*The Astros talked about how hard it was to hit sidearmer Joe Smith. They're pretty happy he's on their team, now.

*Chris Devenski is quickening his delivery in an effort to prevent stolen bases. Hinch:
We've quickened him up a little bit. We've gotten his hands a little bit closer to him. Things like that are very subtle that won't impact the pitch ability or his ability to execute, but might deter the running game, especially against him.

*Frankie Tuesday is developing as a starter this Spring, which means he will likely be in Fresno to start the season, and is working on a changeup.

*A.J. Hinch is trying to keep Spring Training fresh.

*The NY Post's Joel Sherman says the Astros are one of five contenders whose competitive window can slam shut quickly.

*FanRag's Kate Morrison says that Yuli Gurriel's injury will showcase the Astros' depth.

*Buster Olney looks at why stolen bases are decreasing.

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*At 46%, the Roggits lead FiveThirtyEight's projections to win the NBA Title.

*While Roger Bannister (RIP) is credited with running the first 4-minute mile, several 18th century runners may have been overlooked.

*The billboards outside Vidor that inspired an Oscar-winning movie.

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