Sunday, June 11, 2023

Sunday Morning Brunch Links

The Houston Hot Damn Astros beat Cleveland 6-4 yesterday, improving to 38-27. They remain five games back of Lewisville. The Astros wrap up a 17-games-in-17-days stretch today, during which they've gone 10-6. 

*Houston scored 6+ runs for the third time in their last six games. 

*The Astros have outscored their opponents 52-41 in the month of June, going 5-5 in those games. 

*With 15 hits on Friday, and 10 yesterday, the Astros have recorded back-to-back double-digit hit games for the 6th time this season.

*The Astros stole six bases yesterday (Dubon and Julks had two each, Altuve and Meyers added one each). They had stolen six bases in their previous 14 games combined, and are 9-for-10 in stealing bases in the two games against Cleveland. The six stolen bases were the most in a game for the Astros since Houston stole six bases and beat Boston 2-0 on August 5, 2013 to improve to 37-74.

*Jose Abreu was 2x5 with a homer and 3RBI. Abreu has a hit in eight of his last nine games, and has gone 4x12 with 2HR/6RBI in the two games against Cleveland. In nine June games, Abreu is hitting .290/.300/.474.

*Mauricio Dubon was 2x5 with an RBI. He has a seven-game hitting streak, and a four-game multi-hit streak. Since May 29, after he got a couple of days off, Dubon is hitting .366/.372/.512 with two stolen bases.

*Jose Altuve also collected two hits and a walk. He's 4x11 in this series, after a 2x23 stretch from May 29-June 8.

*Alex Bregman has an RBI in three straight games. He has three hits in his last 20 PAs. 

*Kyle Tucker was 0x3 with 2BB. In his last 20 games he's hitting .257/.329/.405, and is 5x28 in his last seven games.

*J.P. France: 6.2IP, 7H/3ER, 6K:6BB. I don't know that you'd call it a Quality Start, but it was effective nonetheless. His three induced GIDPs brought his season total to four. France had walked nine of the previous 141 batters he had faced in the Majors, and six of the 30 he faced yesterday. Yesterday was the 4th time in seven starts that France recorded at least 18 outs.

*Matt Gage was called up to replace Ryne Stanek, who was placed on the Bereavement List yesterday.

*Check out McTaggart's new newsletter, in which he talks about Dana Brown's plans to upgrade the offense, as well as the MLB Draft, which begins on July 9. 

*Oakland has now won a season-high four games in a row! It's time to go back to the 1916 A's watch!

1916 A's: 17-48-1
2023 A's: 16-50

They're closing in!

*RIP Edward Stack, who started working for my former employer in 1961 until he resigned as President in 2000.

*Conor McGregor put the Miami Heat mascot in the ER.

*BBC: The big numbers behind Manchester City's treble.

*One of my longest-standing hobbies (longer than this cursed bolg!) is Get in on it.

*A Musical Selection: