Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thursday Morning Hot Links

The Astros, well, it didn't go so well. Houston got a run in the first and then didn't do much of anything against Mike Leake (after getting handled by Wade LeBlanc earlier in the series!). And then the wheels fell off the pitching. Seattle won 14-1, though it was 2-1 Seattle at the end of the 5th. Congratulations to the Mariners for winning the World Series. Houston is 42-21 with a 9-game lead and 99 games to play.

Loss Stuff

*Last night was the fifth time in the last six series in which the Astros won the first two games, and then lost the third.

*The Astros had allowed 14 runs in their previous five games combined.

*The 13-run margin is the largest defeat for an Astros team since May 4, 2013, and just the 25th time in franchise history that the Astros lost by 13 runs.

*It's the second time this season the Astros have allowed their opponent to hit five home runs. They're 1-1 in those games.

*Brad Peacock did not deserve the loss: 5IP, 4H/2ER, 6K:2BB. Hinch, on Peacock:
It's a tough loss for him because he pitched better. The score is going to look up on the board that it was a blowout and it was actually really close when he was in there. 

Peacock has allowed 2ER or fewer in ten of his 13 starts. Since allowing 7ER against the Twins on May 2, Peacock: 34IP, 21H/5ER, 41K:11BB. 1.32 ERA / 0.94 WHIP.

*Brady Rodgers became the 3rd reliever in 2019 to allow 8ER in 2IP, joining Milwaukee's Taylor Williams and Miami's Wei-Yin Chin. Williams did it all the way back on Tuesday night. Rodgers is just the 2nd Astros reliever to ever do it, the last being Xavier Hernandez on May 2, 1990. Rodgers gave up a 3-run pinch hit home run to a guy who had been released by the Giants, signed to a minor-league deal, and was making his first PA for Seattle. Hinch:
I was going into it not trying to use our primary guys. We've worked them a ton, so some other guys haven't got to pitch on a daily basis. They struggled tonight and it got really ugly.

*Reymin Guduan was handed a 2-1 game and allowed two hits and a walk. All three runners scored. Guduan has made four appearances in which he has recorded one out. Those four appearances: 1.1IP, 6H/5ER, 0K:3BB. Guduan's lone good appearance of 2019 came on April 20 when he threw 2IP, 0H/0ER, 3K:0BB in a 9-4 loss to the Rangers. Guduan, a "lefty specialist" has faced lefty hitters eight times in 2019 and allowed a single, double, home run, and a walk. He has not struck out any of them. Guduan:
My command has been good. Just the slider today wasn't falling the way I wanted it to. Unfortunately, that's part of the game. I need to do better next time around. These are things that happen in baseball and I need to maintain my confidence...and (keep) my head high and attack the zone and keep doing my job.

Chandler Rome: The Astros do not have a reliable lefty in the bullpen.

*Houston was 1x10 with runners in scoring position.

*The Astros are hitting .271/.351/.489 with the bases empty, and .253/.331/.457 w/RISP.

*Jack Mayfield is 0x22 since hitting a double in his MLB debut.

Draft Stuff

*The Astros stocked up on college players and righty pitchers in the draft.

*2nd Round pick Grae Kessinger is no stranger to the Major Leagues.

*"The sky is the limit" for Astros' 3rd Round pick Jordan Brewer.

*4th Round pick Colin Barber ran out of a final to hug his coach.

*Garrett Stubbs gave an in-depth scouting report of his brother, 10th Round pick C.J. Stubbs.

*While there wasn't the in-depth coverage of yesterday's Rounds 11-40 of the 2019 MLB Draft, you can at least get the latest news and financials over at this here page. Some notable draftees from the late rounds:
37th Round: Max Dias, son of Astros VP Gene Dias.
38th Round: J.C. Correa, brother of ol broke rib head lookin ass boiiiii Carlos Correa, whom they drafted in 2018, as well.

*Here's a cool story on 21st Round pick Davis Vainer.

*SI has some ideas on How to fix the Draft.

*Keith Law: An oral history of how Mike Trout fell to the Angels in the 2009 Draft (not paywalled). Still think Jio Mier could pan out, guys.

Injury Stuff

*George Springer hit on the field yesterday. Jose Altuve ran the bases yesterday and "looked great." Aledmys Diaz is "doing everything." Collin McHugh threw off the mound yesterday.

Other Stuff

*'s Mike Petriello: Even after losing Morton, Keuchel, and McCullers, could the 2019 Astros' pitching staff be the best of all time? How? (Lots of fun stats in here).

*The Yankees and Braves are favorites to land Dallas Keuchel.

*Emma Baccellieri: How and Why MLB adopted the Save.

*Rob Manfred addressed the potential for more netting at ballparks, but probably just went back to trying to figure out how to negatively affect Baseball right after.

*This is great:

*The Gambling Nuns of Torrance, California.

*A Musical Selection: