Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

These will be short, as I'm working on about four hours of sleep. Didn't get to watch a minute of the Astros game and I am very sad, for many reasons. 

The Astros and, mainly, Josh Reddick rallied from two different one-run deficits to steamroll the Orioles 10-6. Carlos Correa got to test out his jacked up toe when he hit a two-run inside-the-park home run. Josh Reddick saved a 2-run Orioles home run, hit a two-run home run in the 6th that put the Astros up 5-4, and then hit a grand slam in the 7th that sealed the game.

*5-1 is the Astros' best start since 1997 and we all know how that ended...20 years later they won the World Series.

*It was Reddick's 110th and 111th home runs of his career. He had not had a 2+ HR game since August 3, 2014 (both off of James Shields). The 7th inning jack was the 6th Grand Slam of his career., and his second for the Astros. His 6RBI tied a career-high.

*Correa's inside-the-park homer was timed at 16.39 seconds, the fastest Astros home run trot recorded by StatCast. Hinch:
We would have taken the inside-the-park home run and could have sent him in right there. He's pretty good. Even in a little bit of pain, he's able to contribute like that. 

Correa probably won't be in the lineup today.

Justin Verlander threw 5.2IP, 6H/4R (3ER), 9K:1BB. No Astros reliever (Devenski, Rondon, Harris, Smith) threw a clean appearance, allowing 6H/2R (1ER), 4K:1BB in 3.1IP.

*It was Joe Smith's 700th career MLB appearance.

*Check out Alex Bregman's ridiculous throw from basically Missouri City.

*Those rings.

Want one of your own? It'll only cost you $11,200.

*Giancarlo Stanton made his home debut in Yankee Stadium and promptly went 0x5 with 5Ks, and the ever-patient "27 RANGZ!!!!!!1!" contingent of Yankees fans booed him.

*Dallas Keuchel will face Dylan Bundy in the 1st afternoon home game of the season at 1:10pm. They are off tomorrow.