*The Astros got home runs from Altuve and Correa. Correa was 3x3 with 0K:2BB. It's the third time in his career he has reached base five times in the same game - the previous two both came in 2017. Check this Chandler Rome story on Correa. Correa:
I'm looking for pitches down the middle. It doesn't matter if it's a fastball or an offspeed pitch. Pitches I can drive, I'm going to pull the trigger.
These three weeks of summer camp were not enough. We have a lot of pitchers that, you can tell when you face them, that they're not ready.
*George Springer had 3RBI for the 34th time in his career.
*Kyle Tucker was 2x5 with an RBI. In four games in 2020 batting 8th, Tucker is hitting .286/.333/.429.
*Cristian Javier was straight solid in his first career MLB win: 6IP, 4H/1ER, 2K:1BB. 49 of his 79 pitches were for strikes, 19 of those strikes were non-contact strikes. Javier's two starts this "season:" 11.2IP, 6H/2ER, 10K:2BB. Correa, on Javier:
I think Javier is gonna be in our rotation for a long time. He's nasty. He's got great stuff. I like his composure on the mound. The kid's got it all. I like the way he attacks hitters. I like the way he handles everything.
*Bryan Abreu threw 0.2IP, 1H/1ER, 1K:3BB. Eight of his 24 pitches were strikes.
Abreu's BB/9, Minor Leagues: 5.5
Abreu's BB/9, Major Leagues: 5.6
*Congratulations to Humberto
*Michael Brantley sat out Tuesday's game with a quad injury, and Roberto Osuna likely needs Rob Manfred, I mean Tommy John Surgery. If that's true, and the Astros are getting a second opinion, Osuna has probably thrown his last pitch for Houston, seeing as how he will be a free agent after 2021.
*Jose Urquidy will throw a bullpen in Corpus soon, but is still probably "a couple of weeks" away, as is Aledmys Diaz.
*There's a new Top 100 Prospects midseason update from MLB.com, and Forrest Whitley still is listed as having one of the best curveballs on the list. And speaking of Whitley, he is seeing a doctor. Probably for medical reasons, but don't rule "romance" out just yet!
*FanGraphs sat down with epidemiologist Zachary Binney to discuss MLB's COVID response and whether it can be fixed.
*Check this crazy story from Tim Brown on 30-year old Marlins rookie Eddy Alvarez, who previously won an Olympic medal...in speed-skating.
*wow simply cannot believe that college football coaches are bullying their players about COVID.
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