Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Morning Hot Links

Yesterday, James brought us a whopping 25 Hot Links. I have, staring at my tabs, maybe significantly less than that. The Astros didn't play last night and it seems as if people are getting tired of writing about how good the Astros are.

Your comments are gone on the website. I can post whatever I want without any repercussions. 😈

Let's check out some odds shall we?
FiveThirtyEight- The Astros and Dodgers have the exact same odds to go to the playoffs, go to the World Series, and win the World Series.
Fangraphs - The Dodgers have a 20.3% chance to win the World Series followed by the Astros at 20.2%. We have a comfortable 99.1% chance to win the division.
Vegas - 4/1 for the Astros, 4/1 for the Dodgers.

~Forrest Whitley has been placed on the DL due to a 12.20 ERA Shoulder Fatigue.

~The Astros seem to make any pitcher relevant, this time with Wade Miley.

Chandler Rome's Astros mailbag was posted last night, which includes questions about the middle infielders, Corbin Martin, and (of course) Yordan Alvarez.

Climbing Tal's Hill ranked the top 10 best "diamonds in the rough" prospects in Astros history.

Here's something fun to look at: the Astros Prospect statlines!
Round Rock
Yordan Alvarez: .367 AVG, 20 HR, 64 RBI
Kyle Tucker: .261 AVG, 16 HR, 10 SB
Corpus Christi
Abraham Toro: .322 AVG, 9 HR, 42 RBI
Seth Beer: .331 AVG, 11 HR, 45 RBI
Cristian Javier: 39.1 IP, 50 K, 1.60 ERA
Quad Cities
Jeremy Pena: .302 AVG, 42 RBI, 15 SB
Enoli Paredes: 40 IP, 53 K, 1.58 ERA, 0.98 WHIP

Full Prospect Watch:

On This Day in Baseball History

In 1975, the Astros put up a dozen in the 8th inning to break a 3-3 tie against the Phillies.

In 1997, Ila Borders became the first woman to appear in a minor league baseball game.

In 2012, Carlos Gonzalez hit his 4th consecutive home run off of Astros pitching, becoming only the 22nd player to do so (shoutout to Lucas Harrell, David Carpenter, Xavier Cedeno, and Bud Norris, respectively).