Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday Morning Hot Links

Well I guess it's clear the Astros weren't playing the Angels, Royals, Rangers, or Tigers. Boston put up a valiant fight, making Gerrit Cole work, but ultimately it was the pitching staff and a clutch homer from George Springer that decided the game. The Astros have won nine straight games, twelve of their last 13. The Astros and the Dodgers both won their 30th game on the same day.

Impressive win. Our pitching did really well to hang in there all the way to that last out. It was pretty exciting.

*Number of games needed to get to 30 wins, Astros:
2019: 45
2018: 48
2017: 45
2016: 64
2015: 47
2014: 67
2013: 79
2012: 72
2011: 88
2010: 77

So the 2019 and 2017 Astros have the exact same record after 45 games. But the 2017 Astros won 12 of their next 13 games after G45, so it's okay if it drops off a little, I guess.

*Houston got all three runs in the 8th inning, they're now 2-15 when beginning the 8th inning behind. The Astros are now 29-5 when scoring at least three runs in a game. They're now 5-6 when getting six hits or fewer in a game.

*Gerrit Cole struck out seven in six scoreless IPs, but the Red Sox made him work, throwing 99 pitches. It's his second scoreless outing of the season, but he has allowed two or fewer Earned Runs in six of his ten starts.

*Ryan Pressly set the MLB record for consecutive scoreless appearances, with 39 dating back to August 15, 2018, breaking a tie with Craig Kimbrel. There's not a whole lot you can say about Ryan Pressly right now, dude's insane. He needed 13 pitches to record three outs. It's the 8th time this season he has needed 13 pitches or less to get three outs. He has thrown 260 pitches in 20IP in 2019, 13 pitches per inning, 4.33 pitches per out.

*George Springer hit his 17th home run. Number of PAs on his 17th home run of the season:
2014: 304
2015: N/A (he hit 16)
2016: 368
2017: 262
2018: 451
2019: 204

Springer set the franchise record for "Most HR in the First 45 Games" category, beating Lance Berkman's 2008 record of 16. Berkman would only hit 13 more home runs that season. I bet Springer beats him.

Springer told Ken Rosenthal that it "felt like a playoff game."

*In his pre-game notes, McTaggart gave updates on Corbin Martin (big fan of MLB hotels) and Jose Altuve, who is making progress but unlikely to come back after his 10 days are up. Hinch:
I'm not anticipating him making it back before the 10 days expire, which is not that big of a deal. Once we decide to put him in the IL, we want to make sure he's right. He's doing great, he's feeling better and is pain-free, and now we have to integrate the baseball stuff and see where that takes him towards the early parts of next week.

Chandler Rome writes that Altuve could go out on a rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

*Aledmys Diaz is getting an MRI on his hamstring this morning.

*Forrest Whitley, last night: 4IP, 6H/4ER, 4K:2BB. Whitley's last four appearances: 11.1IP, 19H/18ER, 15K:7BB.

Yordan was 2x4 but didn't get any homers or doubles, so clearly he's not ready.

*Royals 1B Ryan O'Hearn likes the Tequila Sunrise Astros unis the best.

*A Musical Selection: