Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Morning Hot Links

Well the Astros' did the Dumb Thing yesterday, blowing a 5-0 lead with three home runs and an infield single that bounced off of Will Harris' glove. Houston is 10-5, having lost three of their last four games.

*Charlie Morton: 6IP, 6H/2ER, 12K:1BB. The twelve strikeouts tied a career high.

*Peacock and Harris allowed the four earned runs that led to the blown game. Hinch:
It was just not being able to complete the at-bats...A little bit of good hitting, a little bit of mistake lateral breaking balls, and both of them left the yard.

McTaggart notes that Peacock allowed eight home runs to lefty hitters in 243 plate appearances, and is already up to three this year - all of them on his slider. Peacock:
It just wasn't my day today. I've just got to be better against lefties. I haven't done a good job against them this year and I have to try to change something up and figure it out.

*The Astros had two on with nobody out in the bottom of the 10th, but Correa grounded to to third, Gurriel lined out to third, and Reddick grounded out to first. The Astros were 2x9 w/RISP - Correa's 2-run double and Gurriel's 3-run homer accounting for all the Big Hits. They're hitting .212 w/RISP this season.

1-5 in the lineup: 8x23, 2K:1BB, five runs scored.
6-9 in the lineup: 0x15, 5K:2BB.

*It was the first time this season the Rangers won a game in which they had trailed.

That (5th) was about the only inning that we threatened. We had a couple other innings where we had a guy reach scoring position...Really we just didn't put it together. A little bit of credit to them, but we have to continue to work to put up good at-bats, good innings, and capitalize when we can.

*Among the nine Astros hitters with at least 30 PAs, three of them have a wRC+ under 100 (meaning: below average):
Marwin: 87
Gattis: 71
Marisnick: 34

266 major league players have recorded 30+ PAs in 2018 and Marisnick 34 wRC+ ranks 238th. There are 27 players who have a lower wRC+. Among them: Jason Kipnis (30), Byron Buxton (29), Hunter Pence (17), and Logan Morrison (-4).

*The Angels asked three fans to be quiet when Ohtani was up to bat in Kansas City.

*Verlander goes against Bartolo Colon tonight on Sunday Night Baseball. Colon was born on May 24, 1973 - a full year before A.J. Hinch was born - and made his debut on April 4, 1997, five days after Alex Bregman turned three years old.

*Tyler White hit a 3-run home run in the 8th to give Fresno a 4-1 win. Rogelio Armenteros threw 7IP, 5H/1ER, 8K:1BB.

*Corpus had a 2-1 lead that quickly turned into an 11-2 deficit in an 11-6 loss to NW Arkansas. Erasmo Pinales' line: 0.0IP, 2H/3ER, 0K:3BB. Nick Tanielu went 3x5 and Randy Cesar went 2x4 with two doubles and 3RBI.

*Buies Creek held Salem to one hit in a 5-0 win. Brett Adcock threw 4.1IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:5BB. Jesus Balaguer threw 3.2IP, 0H/0ER, 3K:1BB. Troy Sieber went 2x3 with a home run and 4RBI.

*Pearl Harbor, Pan-Am, and the plane that accidentally circumnavigated the globe.