Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday Morning Hot Links

Peacock was solid, the defense was stellar, and Reddick and Fisher made sure the Astos beat Oakland 3-2.

*Houston is 38-20, 16-12 on the road. It's their 17th comeback win this season. They are now 6-17 when trailing to begin the 7th Inning.

*Since the beginning of 2015 Houston is 52-30 against Oakland.

*Houston is 16-5 against the AL West so far this year. Four of those losses are at Arlington, a place in which the Astros only have four more games this season.

*The Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 road games. And it's their 9th straight series-opening win.

*Brad Peacock threw 6IP, 5H/2ER, 3K:3BB. Peacock's last five starts: 29IP, 17H/3ER, 35K:9BB. 0.93 ERA / 0.90 WHIP.

*Josh Reddick hit his 5th home run of the season. The Astros are 29-4 in games in which Josh Reddick hits a home run.

*Derek Fisher hit his 10th career home run, the go-ahead homer in the 8th Inning. Four of those home runs have come in Oakland. And his last four home runs dating back to April 2018 have all been against the A's. Hinch, on guys like Fisher, Straw, and Mayfield:
They're doing everything they can to make good impressions. They're really happy to be in the big leagues. There's a lot of talent in this organization. We built that depth. It's coming in handy now.

Mayfield made an impressive diving stop in the 7th with a runner on 3rd to keep the game at 2-2. Mayfield:
It was awesome how pumped everyone else was for me and it really made me feel good. I was just happy this team came away with the win. Fisher with the big home run. This team is awesome to be on. I'm just glad to be able to help out.

*Alex Bregman ends May with a .265/.386/.560 slash line. Here's how he ended May in previous seasons:

2018: .262/.380/.419
2017: .264/.323/.429

OR Bregman's OPS, by calendar month, career:
April: .765
May: .902
June: .914
July: .908
August: .908
September: .881

*The Correa Injury has officially become stupid. Here's the YouTube video, in which Correa lifts up his shirt to show that no, it was not domestic violence:

*Some injury updates:
-Jose Altuve took some grounders
-Aledmys Diaz and George Springer ran and "swung the bat" some
-Collin McHugh had a "symptom-free" catch
-Joe Smith (Achilles) threw 20 pitches in live BP.

*Jake Kaplan on Brent Strom: The Stromfather. And while we're at it, while The Athletic is rejecting pitch after pitch of mine, Jake Kaplan does a great job here of explaining how the Astros' minor-league affiliates are nurturing the swing-and-miss of their respective pitching staffs. Count this as a preview for next week's draft.

*It's the first MLB Draft without Mike Elias, here's how the front office plans to alter their approach. In a philosophical shift from the last couple of years, the Astros may turn to high school pitchers in Monday-Wednesday's MLB draft. Reminder that we keep an updated Draft Tracker with financial info here.

*ICYMI: What I learned in Twitter time-out.

*Bob Nightengale: It's up to the fans to force clubs' rules on netting the foul lines.

*Here's a preview of E60's piece on Former Astros Great/Traitor Alex Cora, coming Sunday morning.

*Former Astros Great Joe Musgrove has not had a great week. The Astros traded Joe Musgrove (and others) for Gerrit Cole. Here's Connor Byrne on Pittsburgh's return for Gerrit Cole.

*Former Astros Great Dallas Keuchel could be ready "within a week" of signing with an MLB team, once the draft pick compensation deadline passes at midnight on Monday, says Glorified Hype Man Scott Boras.

*SI's Jon Tayler on likely 1-1 pick Adley Rutschman, a generational catching talent.

*From 4th Place NL Cy Young winner in 2018 to Demoted To Triple-A in 2019.

*A Spring school bus driver said that she hasn't had a drink in years but couldn't even pass a field sobriety test now because it's hard. Seems fair.

*17th century Mexico City had a Chinatown.

*If I make it through graduation today, I will have survived working in a public school without getting shot for five years.

*A Musical Selection: