Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Morning Hot Links

Carlos Correa Is Back!

But anyways, I suppose we should talk about last night's Astros game. I had to work but got home just in time to catch the 8th inning so as far as I'm concerned, we won 1-0 off a Tyler White walk-off in the 9th. Sick game!

No but for real, JV got tattooed harder than a guy who gets tattoos really hard..and deep..into his skin. Okay but anyways, he allowed 6 earned runs in two innings before being ejected "arguing" a balk call.

The highlight of the game offensively had to have been Tony Kemp. He was 3-4 with 2 RBIs and now is back to hitting .300 on the season. He also can hang his hat on this fun fact. We may have found our answer to James Paxton (who by the way is the only Mariners starting pitcher to beat the Astros this season).

Houston is now 4.5 up on Oakland and 7 up on Seattle. Also, the Chicago Cubs now are the first NL team to have a better winning percentage than the AL West 3rd Place team Mariners.

Let's post some Hot Links now, shall we?

Player's Weekend jerseys have been revealed. One player missing from this list is Roberto Osuna, who will be wearing 'No Panic' on his jersey. Probably not the best idea, but the reasoning can be found here.

The Best and Worst Player's Weekend jerseys from across the MLB can be found here.

Lookout Landing has posted a pretty cool series preview for all the numbers folks.

Roberto Osuna's role will develop with time in the Astros system.

Mookie Betts completed his cycle thanks to Ken Giles. His ERA with Toronto sits at a cool 20.25 with a 2018 ERA of 6.21.

Justin Verlander opened up about his injuries and depression, and how Kate Upton kept him on track to succeed.

I guess people were conflicted about watching an Astros game against an AL West rival, who can still very much take the division if we start to slide, over an exhibition football game.

Craig Biggio will join Geoff Blum, Preston Wilson, and Luke Scott in the *ahem* Legends Weekend Home Run Derby.

Is Kyle Tucker the left fielder of the future and if not, who might be the one to take that spot?

LMJ hurt himself swinging a bat because the National League is super stupid.

The Post Oak Little League team from Houston will meet the Astros before they head to Williamsport.

Chandler Rome talks Hector Rondon.

Jeff Sullivan from FanGraphs writes about the Astros' emerging superstar.

Dallas Keuchel has found his changeup, which is probably why his ERA in the last 2 months is 2.29.

Consuming crickets is actually very good for you.

Cow poop is the reason for the E. Coli in the lettuce.

This guy nicknamed "Uncle Pokemon" attached 11 smartphones to his bike so he could pedal around and play Pokemon Go! on 11 smartphones.

On This Day in Baseball History

In 1944, Red Barrett defeated the Reds 2-0 throwing a 58 pitch, complete game shutout. The game lasted 75 minutes.

In 1971, Harmon Killebrew hit his 500th home run.

In 1995, the Dodgers had to forfeit against the Cardinals because people wouldn't stop throwing baseball on the field.

In 2004, Adam Dunn cleared the wall, cleared the boat, and dropped the ball in the Ohio. The ball traveled am estimated 535 feet, a Cincinnati record.

Also in 2004, Tom Glavine was injured in a taxi accident. He required over 40 stitches to his face.

In 2010, the Reds and Cardinals got in a massive brawl that injured catcher Jason LaRue and pitcher Chris Carpenter. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was also suspended 7 games for kicking and spiking Yadier Molina.





2 comments:

pel said...

Another article I read said JV went into the clubhouse, watched replays, then came back out into the dugout and told the umpire from the dugout that he was wrong.

If I were an ump in that game, depending on how he said it, I might not have tossed him, because I have pretty thick skin and give players a lot of latitude. But I absolutely would have supported any ump who did after that stunt. You just can't bark at umps after the half-inning is over, from the dugout, and expect the ump to just take it and do nothing.

On replay, his step towards second is super sketchy, and it is well within an umpire's judgement to interpret it as going towards third.

Also, JV should know that almost any umpire can call a balk. Plate umps call balks all the time in the MLB.

Anonymous said...

Great article about Verlander/Upton relationship. Thanks for link.