Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Morning Hot Links

Houston won on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th from Tony M.F. Kemp to beat the Indians 4-3. The Astros are 16-11. That's a .593 winning percentage. Extrapolated to 162 games, that's a 96-66 season. And we're pissed about this! Sorry, Astros. Expectations are higher now.

Four of the Astros' 11 losses (36.4%) have come to the Arlington G.D. Rangers, who are currently projected to win [checks notes] 70 games. There are going to be stupid losses throughout the season. It is important to remember that. Siri, remind me that the Astros are going to lose stupid games at least 40 times this season.

*The Astros won despite getting five hits total. It's their first win of 2019 with five or fewer hits. They had 11 such wins in 2018. It's the 15th time this season Houston has drawn 4+ walks (55.6%). The 2018 Astros drew 4+ walks in 73/162 games (45.1%).

*Tony Kemp's second home run of the season was well-timed. It broke an 0x12 stretch for him, dating back to April 14. Not only was it his first career walk-off home run, it was first go-ahead (or game-tying) home run. Good job, Tony Kemp. Love you. Kemp:
I was looking for a walk there, but I'll take a home run.

As Chandler Rome notes, it's the Astros' first pinch-hit walk-off home run since Noted Media Personality Brian Bogusevic did it on August 16, 2011. His was a grand slam. Your move, Tony Kemp.

He gets frustrated with himself when he doesn't get on base, but who needs a walk when you can hit a homer? What a huge time to do it.

Tony Kemp is the gotdang heart and soul of this team. You say a prayer of thanks for Tony Kemp right now. I'll wait.


*Carlos Correa was 2x4 with a 2-run home run. It's his 6th home run of the season in his 24th game. Game in which he hit his 6th home run of the season, career:
2019: 24
2018: 39
2017: 38
2016: 37
2015: 23

*They were 1x5 w/RISP, with Aledmys Diaz getting the lone hit with runners in scoring position. At some point this has to stop, I think.

*Brad Peacock threw 6IP, 4H/1ER, 7K:1BB. In his last two starts: 11IP, 10H/4ER, 9K:4BB.

*Ryan Pressly was charged with zero runs, meaning he is now the franchise leader in consecutive innings, 29.1IP, without allowing an earned run.

*Will Harris threw 0.1IP and allowed 2H/2ER. Yesterday was his 4th outing in the last five days. It's also just the second time in eleven outings that he has allowed two hits.

*Roberto Osuna got six outs for the first time since October 1, 2016.

*Don't miss the latest Spot the Differences!

*After taking a 4-0 lead in the 1st, Round Rock needed to score the last six runs of the game to beat New Orleans, 11-7. Yordan Alvarez went 4x5 with his 11th home run of the season, Kyle Tucker hit a 3-run homer. Taylor Jones had three hits.

*Granden Goetzman hit a go-ahead grand slam in a 10-9 Corpus win over Tulsa that featured four lead changes.

*You hate to see it. Evan P. Grant: The Ramgers' "treacherous 72-hour window just a glimpse into what's become a disastrous week."

*Jenny Dial Creech: When Kelvin Sampson flipped the switch on Eric Gordon.

*Check out this Jon Shapley story on the Santa Fe High School baseball team.

*Mental Floss: What the world's oldest metro lines look like from above.

*From the National Review: Franklin Graham and the High Cost of the Lost Evangelical Witness.

*Deadspin: Conquering the Carolina Reaper requires self-deceit, milk, and a lot of barf.

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