Hello friends, it's me Flick writing for you guys today because now that there are multiple hot links writers we can take "sick days".
The Astros took home another win against St. Louis and the Cardinals have moved to 0-2 since the Cardinals showed off their 15 year old, 2nd place trophy. Notes:
Altuve: 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, 1500 career hits
Springer: 3-5, Solo HR
Alvarez: 2-2, Solo HR
Miley: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Brad Peacock has returned to the mound (again) and may be returning relatively soon-ish?
Ryan Pressly is still sidelined by a knee injury. Is this a justified reason to go after a reliever at the deadline? ($)
Here are Chandler Rome's series takeaway from St. Louis.
The Astros are backing off on talks for Noah Syndergaard because of the insistence of including Kyle Tucker.
CBSSports has an excellent page up right now highlighting all of the big trade rumors, from Bauer to the Stroman situation to Syndergaard, the buyers, the sellers, and everything in between. Also make sure to bookmark this thread and of course mlbtraderumors.com for all your trade rumor needs. Just over 48 hours to go!
However, there are some minor trade rumors to discuss as well. Such as a potential Martin Maldonado reunion in Houston.
A.J. Reed went back to his roots and pitched in the majors yesterday. He was an incredible high school pitcher here in Indiana and pitched in our conference (but a bit before my time) back in the day, so I wasn't too terribly surprised when he hit 88 on that final pitch.
The Houston Chronicle is counting down the top 20 games in MMP for its 20th anniversary. The most recent addition to the countdown along with the links to the other games so far can be found here.
Jeff McNeil may have just hit the most clutch home run in his career thus far and you'll understand why when you read this story.