Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

The Astros beat the Nationals at Minute Maid Park for the first time since August 23, 2017 (/weeps) 6-1 to improve to 38-29. Crowley lost to Anaheim. Houston is 3.5 back in the division. 

*Houston hit four home runs on their way to the win, all solo homers. The Astros are 5-0 when they hit 3+ home runs in a game.

*The Astros have hit 76 home runs in 2023. 42 (55.3%) have been solo shots. In 2022, 120 of their 214 home runs (56.1%) came with the bases empty. 

*Jose Altuve scored his 1,000th career run last night. There are only ten active MLB players with 1,000 runs scored:

Miguel Cabrera (1,535), Andrew McCutchen (1,149), Joey Votto (1,145), Freddy Freeman (1,144), Mike Trout (1,093), Paul Goldschmidt (1,089), Nelson Cruz (1,088), Elvis Andrus (1,031), Evan Longoria (1,009), and Altuve (1,000). 

Altuve needs nine runs scored to pass Lance Berkman for 3rd on the franchise all-time runs scored list. 

*Jose Abreu did not have one of those home runs, but he was 2x3 with an RBI - his 4th multi-hit game in his last five. Abreu is hitting .289/.313/.467 in eleven June games. His 2nd Inning double was his 1500th career hit. Abreu:

Just know I've been working with Cintron every single day. I'm still not where I want to be, but we're just going to continue working.

*Kyle Tucker hit his 4th home run since April 22. 

*Alex Bregman was 2x4. Since May 24 Bregs is hitting .319/.388/.486. 17 of his 23 hits in that span have been singles. 

*Hunter Brown was lights-out: 7IP, 4H/0ER, 4K:3BB, throwing a first-pitch strike to 19 of the 25 batters he faced. It's the third time this season he has recorded 21 outs with no earned runs. Brown has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his 13 starts in 2023. McTaggart: Brown is on a Rookie of the Year trajectory.

*Yesterday was the 9th time this season an Astros starting pitcher recorded a Game Score of 70+. Brown has four of them. Framber has three, and Luis Garcia (RIP) has two.

*Yordan Alvarez is "a ways off," according to Dusty. 

*Jose Urquidy is close to a bullpen session.

*Michael Brantley is on video throwing a baseball on the field.

*There will be an update today on Lance McCullers Jr, who is suffering from a right forearm strain. A timeline of how the Astros have described what LMJ is injured with:

February 18: "Soreness in his throwing arm"

February 22: "Small muscle strain"

March 15: "Forearm strain"

April 4: "Elbow strain"

June 13: "Forearm strain"

*The 2024 Field of Dreams game will reportedly be played at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

*MLB wants to curb how much teams spend on technology.

*The Montreal Mafia Murders: Blood, Gore, Cannolis, and Hockey Bags.

*Uruguay - coached by the legendary Marcelo Bielsa - will play a friendly against Nicaragua at 6:30pm Central in Montevideo. It will be on Fox Soccer 1. 

*A Musical Selection: