Sunday, August 6, 2023

Sunday Evening Hot Links

Short one as I might be switching to evening posts this week, because I have to be out of the house at 6:30am every day this week? Why? That is not your business, friend. Kindly move on. The Astros salvaged a split at the home of the AL East Basement-Dwelling New York Yankees with an extremely unattractive 9-7 win. Houston is 64-49, still 2.5 back of Aledo because they aren't allowed to lose anymore. 

*Houston struck out 14 times. It's the 5th time this season the Astros have struck out at least 14 times. They're now 1-4 in those games. The last time they struck out 14+ times and won was August 21, 2022 in a 5-4 win against Atlanta.

*Astros pitchers walked 12 batters. And won. They had not walked 10 batters in a game all season. The last time they walked 10+ batters in a game was July 11, 2021 in an 8-7 win against...the Yankees, which was the last time any MLB team walked 12+ batters and still won the game, despite all the dick-stepping. It's only the 3rd time in MLB this season that a team has walked 12+ batters.

*The Astros hit four home runs for the 11th time in 2023, and they're 11-0 in those games. 

*Jake Meyers hit two of them hoes for the first time since hitting career home runs 1 & 2 on August 14, 2021. It was the 59th time an Astros batter has recorded 6+ RBI in a game. You have to go all the way back to July 24 to find the last time an Astro had 6RBI (Chas McCormick against Aledo). The Astros are 55-4 when a player has 6+ RBI in a game.

Is Jake Meyers the new LHP weapon?

*Martin Maldonado hit a home run, his first extra-base hit since July 25. 

*Yordan Alvarez hit his 21st home run. He has 283 PAs in 67 games in 2023. Nobody in MLB with 21+ home runs has done it in as few games as Yordan (though Former Astros Great Jose Siri has 21 home runs in 75 games for Tampa). 

*Jon Singleton might be on his way to Houston? Dana Brown:

I think if he can come up here - and we'll give him a shot - if he can come up here and hit the ball well and have quality at-bats, I think he's a guy that Dusty can say 'I want to get some more reps on.' It will be a Dusty call at the end of the day. If we get him up here and Dusty really likes him, we'll roll with him. If Dusty says 'I'm limited with this guy,' it'll be his call once we get him up here.

*How is Angel Hernandez still employed?

*Seasonal Affective Disorder is a summer thing, as well.

*A Musical Selection: