Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

There is nothing good in what follows. Houston lost to the got dang Reds 3-2 in what, I feel, is the dumbest loss of the season. Houston is 48-25, the first back-to-back losses since May 22-23. It's the first series-opening loss by the Astros since April 29. The Astros have scored two runs and had two extra-base hits in their last 20 innings.

A one-run loss, you always look back at the opportunities missed and we had a lot of them, including at the end with our best guys up. We just didn't do enough. It's frustrating, obviously, to lose any game, but this was a winnable game.

Myles Straw was on 1B in the top of the 9th with Bregman and Brantley up. Myles Straw is the fastest guy on the team. Bregman saw one pitch. Brantley saw one pitch.

*I thought that drawing nine walks in a loss would be a fairly rare occurrence and I guess it sort of is, last night was the 32nd time in franchise history that it happened. But you don't even have to go back a week to find the last time it happened - last Wednesday (June 12) the Astros drew nine walks in a 6-3 loss to Milwaukee. The last time the Astros drew nine walks in a 9-inning loss was May 4, 2017.

*5-8 in the lineup (Reddick-Chirinos-White-Kemp) went a combined 0x7 with 3K:6BB. Kemp was 0x2 w/RISP, including one AB that ended with a groundout with runners on 2nd and 3rd.

*Michael Brantley had the lone hit w/RISP - his 20th double and 40th RBI of the season.

*Tyler White was 0x1 with three walks. It's the 2nd time in his career that he's drawn three walks in a game.

 *Anyway, Hinch thinks Gary Pettis did the right thing in holding up Bregman in the 7th on what could have been the tying run.

*Chandler Rome: The Reds beat the shift, and beat Wade Miley.

*Jose Altuve is getting closer to returning...or is he:

That's a limp there at the end.

Other Meat Wagon updates:
-Collin McHugh pitched again for Corpus last night, throwing 33 pitches (1.1IP) and allowed 2H/1ER, 2K:1BB.
-George Springer took live BP off of Joe Smith and is getting closer to a rehab assignment.
-Max Stassi is going to Corpus. Why Corpus? Round Rock is in Iowa. Iowa sucks.
-Aledmys Diaz is apparently dead.
-Carlos Correa's dumbass broke as hell rib is still broke as hell.

*Alex Bregman is dominating the AL 3B All-Star vote.

*Check out a rerun of the friendship between Johnny Bench and Garrett Stubbs. Also check out Jake Kaplan's Mailbag, which features the possibility of trading Kyle Tucker, an idea of which I am decidedly not a fan.

*Listen to the Astros Radio's Sunday Roundtable with Jeff Luhnow.

*The Current Astros have purchased the contract of Former Astros Great Felipe Paulino from Sugar Land. Paulino last pitched in the Majors with the White Sox in 2014. The last three seasons have seen Paulino in Sugar Land, where in 116.2IP he has struck out 154 batters. He'll head to Round Rock.

*FanGraphs' Sheryl Ring: Angel Hernandez's lawsuit against MLB just got real interesting.

*A window into six women's efforts to make it in broadcasting minor league games.

*Dallas Keuchel will apparently make his Braves debut on Friday night.

*I had the pleasure of interviewing Curtis Granderson in a former career, and he is legitimately one of the nicest people I ever met while working in the village of Cooperstown, New York (ever heard of it?). SI's Jon Tayler writes on the end of Granderson's career, which will likely end without a ring.

*The Mysterious Murder Case that has Captivated Iceland for Nearly 200 Years.

*A glorified beer league soccer team in England spent £4000 on a championship parade, and loved every minute of it. And HOLD FOR BREAKING NEWS: UEFA is corrupt! Being president of UEFA is basically the on-deck circle of going to white-collar jail.

*A Musical Selection: