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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Morning Hot Links

The Astros curb-stomped the Orioles. It was fun at first. Then I felt badly about the damage done to those 25 Orioles, to the actual structure of Camden Yards. This game was so one-sided that I wanted it to just end. Do what my alma mater did to A&M in 2003 (I was there) and just bunt for the last five innings. It was depressing. But the Astros were in the same position from 2011-2013. Still, I take no pleasure in announcing that the 77-40 Astros did, in fact, do it again. They beat Baltimore 23-2. Every other AL West team lost. Houston is 11 games up on Oakland. There are 45 regular season games remaining.

The win gives the Astros the best record in baseball by percentage points (.658 to the Dodgers' .655). They have a one-game lead on New York for the best record in the AL.

The Astros won their 34th away game of the season. The Orioles have half as many home wins (17, if you want to check my math).

Houston has won eight in a row, 11 of their last 12, and 18 of their last 21 games.

Houston runs vs. Baltimore in four games before last night: 12 (3-1)
Houston runs vs. Baltimore last night: 23

Hinch:
It was obviously a pretty explosive night from the beginning. From top to bottom just incredible at-bats, productive at-bats, explosive at-bats and ultimately a comfortable win.

Altuve:
It's really hard to explain what happened today.

*The Astros have scored 20+ runs in a single solitary game only once before in franchise history: October 2, 2015 against Arizona.

It was the first 20-run margin game in franchise history. The previous high for margin of victory was 18 runs, in a 19-1 win over Toronto on July 9, 2017.

The 25 hits tie a franchise record, set twice in 1976 (May 30 and July 2). It's the 24th time in franchise history they've recorded 20+ hits.

*On September 9, 2000 the Astros recorded 11 extra-base hits (four doubles, seven homers) in a 14-4 win against the Cubs. Last night the Astros set a franchise record with 13 extra-base hits (seven doubles, six home runs).

*It's the 6th time in Orioles history they've allowed 20+ runs, and the most since West Forney beat them 30-3 on August 22, 2007.

*17 of the Astros runs came with two outs.

*Yordan hit three home runs, his 15th-17th home runs of the year. He's the first Astro to hit three home runs in a game since Carlos Lee did it on April 13, 2007. Yordan joins Astros lore as one of ten Astros to hit 3HR in a game. He joins Carlos Lee, Morgan Ensberg, Richard Hidalgo, Lance Berkman, Vinny Castilla, Jeff Bagwell (three times), Glenn Davis (twice), Lee May, and Jimmy Wynn.

Yordan has an OPS of 1.175. It's the 3rd time this season an MLB player has had 3HR/7RBI in the same game (Josh Bell, Christian Yelich). He has now caught Brandon Lowe and Mike Tauchman on the AL Rookie fWAR leaderboard. All three have posted 2.5 fWAR.

Games played:
Yordan: 45
Tauchman: 64
Lowe: 76

Yordan has already posted the 10th-highest fWAR by an Astros rookie in franchise history, joining Luke Scott for 10th. Again, Yordan has played in 45 games. The record is 4.9 fWAR, set by Joe Morgan and Bill Doran.

Yordan just became the quickest player in MLB history to post 50 RBI, beating Joe Freaking DiMaggio by one game. Joe DiMaggio. Yordan has 51 RBI in his first 45 games, breaking Ted Williams' 1939 record for most RBI in his first 45 games (Williams had 47).

Aaron Sanchez, on Yordan:
Yordan is special, watching from afar. And now I get to see him every night...To follow this guy's career is going to be something special, for sure.

Yordan:
When something goes well for one of us, it goes well for all of us.

The Astros came into last Wednesday having had six instances of a player recording 7+ RBI in franchise history. Between Yuli and Yordan, they've gotten two more in the last four days.

*Altuve hit his 20th home run. It's his third season with 20+ HR, and his previous career high was 24, set in 2016 and 2017.

*Carlos Correa - the Astros' #6 hitter (let that sink in) - hit the longest home run that anyone who regularly goes to Camden Yards can remember. Statcast says it went 474' - his career-longest. Devenski:
A few guys scattered to try and catch it. Then we realized it was going way over us.

*Gurriel got the 4th 4-hit game of his career. Since June 9, Gurriel: .359/.395/.733.

*Bregman's heating up. After going hitless in four straight games from July 22-26, Bregman is hitting .439/.511/.829 in his last eleven games, including a six-game hitting streak in which he has 12 hits.

*Aaron Sanchez pitched well, though you may have forgotten the Orioles even held a bat. 5IP, 3H/1ER, 6K:3BB. Sanchez's last four starts: 21.2IP, 14H/6ER, 28K:5BB, 2.49 ERA / 0.88 WHIP.

*Check this MLB.com story on how Hinch manages a lefty-less bullpen. Hinch, on Will Harris:
I trust him as much as I trust anybody in my managerial career so far. He's been really good for us over the last five years or so.

Harris, 2012-2014: 99.1IP, 104H/47ER, 107K:30BB, 4.26 ERA / 1.35 WHIP.
Harris, 2015-2019: 280IP, 215H/76ER, 292K:69BB, 2.44 ERA / 1.01 WHIP.

*Gerrit Cole, on his impending free agency:
If I'm just being honest with you, we hold each other accountable so well here to stay focused on what we've got to do. When we get a guy like Greinke, my mind goes to being better equipped to win the World Series. I kind of leave the financial stuff for another day. We'll see how free agency plays out and see how it goes.

*The Astros plan to continue to develop Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez at 1B. Luhnow:
We'd like that to be options for next year. It would be helpful if both of those guys were playable at first base, it gives A.J. some more options and gives us several more options in trying to form the team next year.

On Tucker, specifically:
I'm impressed by how he has just continued to go out there, compete, and played well. He hasn't had his agent call me, ask 'When am I getting called up?' He knows our situation our situation. He knows this team is playing well and we have a full outfield. He also knows September is right around the corner.

Tucker was 1x4 with a strikeout and played 1B in a 13-3 loss to Albuquerque last night. Abraham Toro was 2x4 and has a 1.144 OPS in his first eight games at Round Rock.

*Jeff Luhnow commented on Reymin Guduan's season-long suspension in that it ends when the minor-league season ended. Guduan was suspended for violating team policy and it broke early last week. I don't know what Guduan did (the couple of Sources I have weren't talking) but I can't imagine that getting suspended for the final month of the season and it not being PED-related or domestic violence-related is the result of a good thing. I also can't imagine that Guduan would be brought up for mop-up innings in September in Houston when they won't let him get mop-up innings in August in Round Rock.

*The Astros released Akeem Bostick yesterday. Brought over from Aren'tlington in the 2015 Carlos Corporan trade, Bostick has a career 4.62 ERA / 1.40 WHIP in seven minor-league seasons. He got two seasons at Triple-A (one in Fresno - granted, for only 5IP - and one in Round Rock) and in 85.1IP allowed 103H/69ER, 81K:44BB, for a 7.28 ERA / 1.72 WHIP. Guess RamgerFan69 won that trade.

*I don't know what's crazier: that Mike Trout just turned 28 or that, with a home run at Fenway last night, he has now homered in every single AL ballpark, or that it took him 22 career games at Fenway to hit a home run.

Related, the number of AL ballparks in which the Astros have hit a home run:
Springer: 15. Haha Springer > Trout.
Altuve: 15. Haha Springer and Altuve > Trout.
Bregman: 15. Haha Springer and Altuve and Bregman > Trout.
Correa: 15. Haha-
Reddick: 15. Hah-
Brantley: 13
Gurriel: 10
Yordan: 4

*NY Post: Brodie Van Wagenen's trade for J.D. Davis is looking like a winner. In 100 games for New York, Davis is hitting .308/.373/.525.

Apropos of nothing: Tyler White is 1x21 with the Dodgers, hitting .048/.200/.048. Since the Astros traded White on July 25 Houston is hitting .310/.380/.589 as a team.

*The 1994 Strike went into effect 25 years ago today. From Yahoo: August 11, 1994: Scenes from a lost MLB season.

*The Illegal Ramen Vendors of Post-War Tokyo.

*A Musical Selection:



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Morning Hot Links

*Mike Fiers was absolutely brilliant yesterday, throwing 7.1IP, 2H/1R (0ER), 8K:2BB. It was his longest outing since August 21, 2015, when he no-hit the Dodgers. In his last three starts (since his rotation resurrection) Fiers has thrown 18.1IP, 14H/4ER, 20K:6BB. For all the crap I gave him to start the season, he has turned it around lately. Astros win 3-1.

Hinch:
This is the best stuff I think he's brought into the game this season and I think it was a combination of everything but everything seemed to be working off his change up. He could throw it any count, he threw some nasty ones that looked like split-fingers.

Fiers:
You guys got some false advertisement early this year. But this is how I pitch and this is the pitcher I am. I'm just going to continue that for the rest of this year. 

Sounds good, Mike. Fiers' Game Score of 78 is the highest of the season by any Astros starter, and the 11th 70+ Game Score of the season.

*More Fiers:
I had a really good bullpen before the game and I just knew I was throwing my good stuff. When I feel like that, I feel like I'm one of the best pitchers in the league.

Kole Calhoun, on Devenski, who escaped a jam in the 8th:
He throws hard and has a good changeup. He's got probably a 10-12 miles an hour difference. It's a good pitch, has a good bottom to it. He threw me a couple good ones. 

*There are 99 games remaining in the regular season. The Astros are 15-4 since getting swept by Cleveland. They have 12 10+ hit games in that stretch, and four 9-hit games. As a team they have an .813 OPS.

*Yuliesky Gurriel has a 10-game hitting streak, hitting .359/.372/.615 in that span.

*Brian McCann's homer in the 2nd matched the longest streak in franchise history at 18 games.

*Dallas Keuchel is not going to rush to get back on the mound:
I decided to shut it down, and here we are. It's kind of a bad spot to put the bullpen in. I didn't really know how I was going to feel until I started to warm up [on Wednesday]. I wanted to do something now and not revisit it later in the season when we're getting ready for the playoffs and hopefully playing in October.

*Thanks to the Cheatin-Ass Cardinals, the Astros have four picks tomorrow (five of the first 100), the first day of the 2017 MLB Draft. Jake Kaplan has a preview. Assistant GM Mike Elias:
I actually think this is a pretty good class. I'm glad we have the picks. There's a lot of players we like with those picks, and we're going to grab five of them in the first 100.

*Corpus Christi lost last night, sending their record to 30-31, but pitcher Kyle Smith has been on fire. After throwing 6IP, 3H/1R (0ER), 8K:1BB, Smith has allowed 25H/3ER, 38K:7BB in his last eight starts (40IP). The Astros got Smith in a July 2013 trade with the Royals for Justin Maxwell.

*Corpus' Jon Singleton and Akeem Bostick had been suspended for some reason.

*Here's the Korea Times, on foreign-born managers (like former Astros bench coach Trey Hillman) changing the game.

*ESPN: Hidden trends of the MLB draft

*Nick Cafardo says Kansas City's Jason Vargas and Oakland's Sonny Gray are the two most-asked about pitchers in trade talks. Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb and Miami's Edinson Volquez could also be on the move.

*Congratulations to Deer Park (from a Pasadena Boy) on winning the 6A State baseball title.

*There are some factors that work in the USMNT's favor as they play in Estadio Azteca tonight. (My dad will be there.)

*TIL that Adam West was once kicked out of an orgy for insisting on staying in character as Batman.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Morning Hot Links + PreStros Report

*Yulieski Gurriel and Evan Gattis had 3x4 nights and sparked a comeback, bailing Morton out on Khris Davis' 1st inning homer. Astros comeback from a 3-0 and 4-3 deficit to win their 10th straight over Oakland, 9-4. The Astros were 7x14 w/RISP. Morton:
There are teams that score runs and there are teams that are gritty. There's a grit factor in this team that I've seen before on teams that are winners, that squeak it out no matter what. 

*Charlie Morton let Khris Davis drive in four runs on two homers, but got 21 outs for the first time since August 2015. The 12 strikeouts are a career-high, beating his 11K:1BB performance on June 25, 2014 against Tampa Bay, which was his only other 10+ K game. Hinch:
He just got stronger...as the game went along. As he built himself up, the velocity even came up a little bit. His conviction, his pitches got way better...He went from not really having an idea of where his pitches were going to the best he's been as a regular-season Astro. 

*Since April 15 Yulieski Gurriel is hitting .436/.463/.713 - 2nd-best average in baseball behind Bryce Harper.

*A.J. Hinch says he's not assigning personal catchers.

*A's catcher Stephen Vogt, on Josh Reddick, who made a great catch in the 8th inning to save two runs:
Frustrating. It's hard to see him in another uniform, and I know he loved it here as well, so it's hard to see him make catches like that. It's not very much fun when he's not wearing green. 

*Here's FanGraphs' Travis Sawchik with a really insightful post on the Astros' outfield alignment, and the psychology of shifting in regards to the players themselves.

*Check Bernie Pleskoff's scouting report on Gurriel.

*Akeem Bostick was promoted from Buies Creek to Corpus.

*More FanGraphs: Is Cole Hamels primed for a fall?

PreStros Report: Games of April 28

Fresno (9-13) scored seven runs after the 6th inning, but it wasn't enough in an 8-7 loss at Reno. David Martinez allowed 4H/5R (4ER), 1K:1BB in 6IP; Tyson Perez allowed 4H/3ER in 1IP as pitching remains Fresno's weakness. Dayan Diaz struck out the side in the 9th. A.J. Reed was 3x3 with a double and two walks; Derek Fisher (HR), Preston Tucker (RBI), Reid Brignac (BB) and Jon Kemmer (2B, BB, RBI) had two hits each.

Frisco scored four runs in the 9th inning to take an 8-6 win over Corpus (12-9). Cy Sneed threw 5IP, 5H/2ER, 2K:1BB. Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 5H/2ER, 6K:0BB in 3IP and Riley Ferrell to the BS/L with 5H/4R (3ER) in the 9th. Ramon Laureano was 2x5 with a triple and 4RBI. Jamie Ritchie was 3x3 with a double and a walk. Bryan Muniz was 2x4. Alejandro Garcia was 1x5 with a 2-run triple and also got an outfield assist.

Buies Creek (15-7) won a duel with Wilmington, 2-1. Lefty prospect Framber Valdez threw 5IP, 3H/0ER, 5K:2BB; Yoanis Quiala improved to 3-0 with 4IP, 2H/1ER, 4K:0BB. Johnny Sewald was 2x4 with a stolen base. Anibal Sierra was 1x3 with the lone RBI. Kyle Tucker was 0x2 with a walk.

Quad Cities (12-10) stomped a mudhole in Clinton with a 19-2 win. Forrest Whitley made his second start of the season and threw 3IP, 3H/0ER, 7K:0BB. Jorge Alcala struck out five in 4IP. Marcos Almonte was 4x5 with a walk and an RBI; Daz Cameron had his best game of his career, going 3x5 with a single, triple, homer and 7RBI. Randy Cesar (2 2B, 3RBI), Chuckie Robinson (2 2B, 2BB, 2RBI), and Taylor Jones (2B, 3RBI) all had three hits each. Quad Cities was 12x27 w/RISP.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Morning Hot Links + Farm Report

*That's five straight for the Houston Base Ball Club, who had to overcome some defensive miscues  (three errors) to preserve a 3-0 win over Los Anaheim. Their 9-4 record matches the best start in franchise history

Bregman:
If you want to be a good team, you have to win the close ones. 

Chris Devenski had yet another stellar outing in relief, striking out approximately 103 batters last night, including Mike Trout on three pitches. 

*Carlos Correa was out of the lineup - letting Bregman play his natural position - with the bruised hand. Correa:
I didn't feel comfortable swinging the bat today. Give me another day. Hopefully I'll be back in there tomorrow. 

*The rainout in Oakland on Sunday allowed Hinch to tweak his rotation a little bit, giving Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove an extra day of rest while Keuchel and McCullers will go on normal rest on Wednesday and Thursday, pushing Mike Fiers' next start to Friday against Tampa Bay. 

*The Astros are #1 in ESPN's Power Rankings.

*Jon Bernhardt looks at what a possible Correa extension would look like.

*Buies Creek's Franklin Perez, the 2nd-youngest pitcher in the Carolina League, was named Pitcher of the Week

*Corpus catcher Garrett Stubbs has been put on the 7-Day DL with a hamstring

*The Rangers put favorite closer ever Sam Dyson on the 10-Day DL with Suck.


On The Farm

Fresno took that sweep at the hands of Salt Lake with a 6-2 loss. David Martinez threw 6IP, 10H/4ER, 3K:2BB. Jared Mortensen allowed three hits, a walk, and 2ER in the 8th. Jon Kemmer had two of Fresno's five hits. Preston Tucker hit a two-run homer, Max Stassi got a double and Teoscar Hernandez hit a triple and got an outfield assist.

Corpus rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to tie it up against NW Arkansas...and then lost in the 13th inning, 9-7. Cy Sneed made his return to the rotation, throwing 5IP, 3H/2ER, 3K:2BB; Eric Peterson and Ryan Thompson each allowed 3ER. Alejandro Garcia was 3x6 with 2RBI; Antonio Nunez was 3x5 with a walk and an RBI; Drew Ferguson, J.D. Davis, and Jack Mayfield (HR, 2RBI) had two hits each.

Buies Creek improved to 9-3 with a 4-2 win over Myrtle Beach. Elieser Hernandez threw 4.1IP, 5H/2ER, 4K:2BB. Akeem Bostick got the decision with 3.2IP, 1H/0ER, 4K:1BB. Akeem Bostick this season: 14.2IP, 5H/0ER, 13K:4BB. Osvaldo Duarte was 3x4, Dexture McCall was 2x3 with a walk and an RBI; Kyle Tucker was 1x3 with a walk, RBI, and a stolen base. 

Quad Cities scored early and often in a 15-1 road win over Burlington. Jorge Alcala threw 5IP, 1H/0ER, 2K:5BB; Enoli Paredes threw 3IP, 2H/1ER, 4K:0BB. Everyone got on base at least twice. Alex De Goti had a big night, going 4x4 with 2HR and 2BB, Ronnie Dawson and Jake Rogers each had three hits. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*Down 5-0, the Astros stormed back with ten unanswered runs for a 10-5 win over Seattle outdoing last night's season highs for hits and runs with a new season high. Mike Fiers struggled, allowing the first five runs of the game, but the bullpen held it down while the offense surged. Altuve had a perfect night at the plate, going 3x3 with 2BB while Reddick (2RBI), Correa (RBI), Beltran (3RBI), Bregman (BB, RBI), Gurriel (RBI), and Aoki each had two hits. Six of the Astros' 10 runs came with two outs in the inning.

And while I routinely give him crap, it's worth noting that Tony Sipp retired the side on eight pitches with no drama whatsoever.

*Jake Kaplan, in his gamer, notes that it's the first time the Astros have won a game they trailed by 5+ runs since September 2008. A stat which I do not believe, but find completely believable. After Taylor Motter hit the homer to make it 5-0 Mariners, Seattle had a Win Expectancy of 93.7%.

Beltran:
We do believe in our club. I do feel that it was about time that we started swinging the bat collectively and we did that today. I think we put up good at-bats, quality at-bats, and basically everyone fed off that...We didn't really feel like when they scored those five runs that we were out of the game.

*The Astros are 6-4 after ten games. The 2016 Astros didn't get their 6th win until G18. The last time the Astros were 6-4? 2006.

*Lookout Landing isn't taking last night's loss well (been there).

*Hinch swapped Reddick and Bregman in the lineup, and will keep it like that for a while. Hinch:
Like I've said most of this season, it's not going to be a punishment for anybody. There's no demotion. It's about trying to find the right combination against specific pitchers. 

*Reddick credits Beltran with fixing a mechanical issue with his hips during his swing. #VeteranPresence

*Big Joe, Big Joe Musgrove is looking to fix the timing of his delivery.

*McTaggart: Altuve is starting to feel like Altuve again. Last night was Altuve's 103rd career 3-hit game.

*Despite struggling in his last two outings, Ken Giles is not in danger of losing his job. Hinch:
He's got a lot of leeway. All of our guys do. 

*Jeff Blogwell makes the case for pitcher A.J. Reed.

*Beyond the Box Score: The Chris Devenski Revolution (new album drops May 10).

*What with Alex Bregman in Houston and Colin Moran at Fresno, the Astros are letting J.D. Davis see some time in LF.

*A seemingly anonymous writer at Sports Illustrated encourages the Astros to trade for Julio Teheran.

*Hardball Times: Babe Ruth, Atlanta, and the Longest Home Run Ever Hit

*Man, the guy picked after Correa had a bad week.

*I hate the Ramgers, but I love 3B coach Tony Beasley: How Tony Beasley Beat Cancer.

On The Farm:

Keegan Yuhl threw 6IP, 5H/2ER, 5K:4BB and A.J. Reed was 3x4 with a walk as Fresno beat Las Vegas 7-4. James Hoyt got his first save of the season. Catcher Juan Centeno was also 3x4 with an RBI, and his hitting .385 on the young season while Preston Tucker and Reid Brignac hit their first home runs of the season. Colin Moran had two hits, including a two-out hit that plated two runs.

Corpus was off last night. Home opener at Whataburger Field this evening.

Buies Creek's Akeem Bostick threw 6IP, 2H/0ER, 6K:1BB last night in a 5-1 win over Myrtle Beach. Kyle Tucker was 1x3 with a walk and 2RBI, Jason Martin (SB) was 3x4, and Dexture McCall (SB, BB, 2RBI) and Pat Porter each had two hits.

Quad Cities had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th at Peoria, but Peoria tied it up and then got the walk-off in the bottom of the 10th to drop the River Bandits to 3-4. Ryan Hartman threw 5IP, 2H/1ER, 5K:1BB, and Hector Perez threw 4.1IP, 2H/2ER, 5K:3BB. Abdiel Saldana faced two batters, walked one and then gave up the hit to end it. Alexander De Goti and Anibel Sierra had two hits each.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros won 2-1 behind an excellent start from Lance McCullers and solo homers from Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez (the #8 and #9 hitters, respectively). McCullers utilized a large number of curveballs in holding the Mariners to 5H/1ER, 7K:2BB on 88 pitches. Hinch, on those curveballs:
They know it's coming, he knows it's coming, and he still finds a way to beat them. 

Three of the Mariners' five hits were infield hits.

*Lance McCullers: Sleeper Cy Young contender.

*Ken Giles is the 3rd Astros pitcher (joining Billy Wagner in 1997 and Dave Smith in 1987) to record two saves in the first two games of the season.

*George Springer was thrown out trying to steal 2B twice!

*The Fun Police Chief Brian McCann is quickly in sync with Astros pitchers, forcing them to do their homework and wash behind their ears.

*Jeff Blogwell makes a triumphant return to Astros County and warns you, stop trying to throw inside to Carlos Correa.

*Hinch's go-to late-inning defensive alignment: Reddick-Marisnick-Springer.

*Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto is trying to thread the needle between rebuilding like the Astros did, and rebuilding on the fly. Dipoto:
Part of the reason the Astros have the type of team they have now, they bit the bullet and they really hit. You have to be both wise in your planning and fortunate in the outcome to hit in the short term.

*Garrett Stubbs is now the 10th-best catching prospect in baseball.

*Astros 17th-ranked prospect SS Jonathan Arauz, who came to the Astros in the Ken Giles trade, was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the banned stimulant methamphetamine.

*Corpus' J.D. Davis found his time in Spring Training extremely valuable.

*Akeem Bostick will be the Opening Day starter for the Buies Creek Astros, tomorrow night at 7pm Eastern. Meanwhile, the soon-to-be Fayetteville club got more than 1400 suggestions in the Name The Team contest.

*Quad Cities' roster features seven of the Astros' Top 30 prospects, including last year's 1st Round pick Forrest Whitley.

*The Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty had a hilarious trip around the bases last night.

*Philadelphia's Brock Stassi has a great backstory.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

Well well well. The Astros win 7-6 in Arlington and improve to 9-26 against the Rangers since the beginning of 2015.

*Unbelievably, George Springer became the first Astro to score 100 runs in a season since Lance Berkman did it in 2008.

*Evan Gattis' 16th homer of the season as a catcher tied Jason Castro's 2013 franchise record.

*Who Won Yesterday: Blue Jays, Yankees, Tigers
*Who Lost Yesterday: Orioles, Royals, Red Sox, Mariners

Wild Card picture:
Boston: +2
Baltimore/Detroit: 0
Houston: -2

Boston goes to San Diego, Baltimore goes to Tampa Bay, Detroit goes to Chicago (White Sox), and the Astros go to Cleveland.

*FanGraphs gives the Astros an 18.3% chance of making the playoffs.
FiveThirtyEight gives the Astros a 19% chance of making the playoffs.

*Who knew that the Astros even had a game plan when facing the Rangers? I guess they do, and yesterday's plan worked perfectly. Hinch:
We had him at 60-plus pitches through three innings. We made him work, we made him throw strikes, we drew a couple of walks, got a couple of big hits. We put together a really good game plan.

*A.J. Hinch put Altuve at DH for yesterday's game after Altuve ended Saturday's game limping with a cramp. But Hinch is seeing Altuve struggle lately:
As you get towards this time of year, guys always want to carry the team and he knows he's a central figure of our offense. So he gets a little bit anxious at the plate, I see him a little bit more pull-conscious than when he's at his best. 

*How Dallas Keuchel feels today will affect whether he will pitch tomorrow night.

*Akeem Bostick is growing in the California League, and that growth involves "throwing the piss out of the ball."

*Vin Scully's final game should be heard nationwide.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PreStros Morning Report: June 15

TL: DR

*Handsome Dan Straily threw a 2-hit 7IP gem in a 6-3 Fresno win over Sacramento and Matt Cain.
*Corpus won both sides of a double-header, with Leo Heras collecting 6RBI and Mark Appel throwing 6.1IP, 6H/2ER, 6K:2BB.
*Lancaster fought back to an 11-11 tie, but Ugly Pitching gave Visalia a 14-11 win.
*Quad Cities tied with Great Lakes 3-3, but Akeem Bostick pitched extremely well. Yeah, tied.

Fresno (39-25)

Fresno scored the first six runs of the game and coasted to a 6-3 win at Sacramento and rehabbing starter Matt Cain. Handsome Dan Straily allowed 2H/0ER, 7K:2BB in 7IP; Jason Stoffel allowed 2H/3R (2ER), 2K:1BB in 1IP; Kevin Chapman allowed 1H/0ER, 1K:1BB in the 9th.

 L.J. Hoes was 3x5 with an RBI; Tony Kemp (2B, BB), Matt Duffy (HR, BB, RBI), and Jon Singleton (RBI) had two hits each. Alex Presley was 1x4 with an RBI and a walk.

Man of the Match: Handsome Dan Straily

Corpus (42-19)

Corpus and San Antonio played a doubleheader due to yesterday's game being postponed due to rain.

Game 1: Kyle Westwood allowing 9H/3ER, 0K:1BB in 5.1IP; Chris Cotton got the two batters he faced in the 6th, and Travis Ballew threw a scoreless 7th in a 5-3 Corpus win. Leo Heras hit a 3-run homer; Chan Moon was 2x3 with a walk.

Game 2: Just a freaking beatdown. Corpus puts up 3+ runs in four of the seven innings, beating San Antonio 15-3. Mark Appel threw 6.1IP, allowing 6H/2ER - both earned runs coming on solo homers - with 6K:2BB to lower his ERA to 4.79. Juan Minaya allowed 3H/1ER in 0.2IP.

Leo Heras was 4x5 with two doubles, a stolen base, and 3RBI and Conrad Gregor was 4x5 with a homer and 4RBI. Tyler White was 3x5 with a double and 5RBI; Chan Moon (SB, BB), Teoscar Hernandez (RBI), and Jon Kemmer (HR, BB, RBI) each had two hits.

Man of the Doubleheader: Leo Heras got five hits (two doubles and a homer) and 6RBI

Lancaster (35-29)

Lancaster got a 6-run 5th and tacked one on in the 7th to tie Visalia at 11-11, but the Rawhide added three between the 8th/9th to defeat Lancaster 14-11. Starter Evan Grills left after 0.1IP with an apparent hand injury, allowing 1H/3R (2ER), HBP. Tyler Brunnemann allowed 3H/5R (4ER), 4K:1BB in 2.2IP; Andrew Walter allowed 2H/0ER (but two of Brunnemann's charged runs) with 2K in 1IP; Bryan Radziewski allowed 6H/4ER, 1K:2BB in 3IP, and Reymin Guduan allowed 3H/2ER, 2K:1BB in a pitching outing full of ugly.

Brett Phillips was 3x6 with a solo homer - his 13th of the season; Jack Mayfield was 2x5 with a homer and 2RBI; Alfredo Gonzalez (RBI), Mott Hyde (2 2B, 4RBI) and James Ramsay (HR, BB, RBI) added two hits each. A.J. Reed was 1x4 with a walk and an RBI.

Man of the Match: Mott Hyde

Quad Cities (41-21)

Uhhh. I don't know what to do with this. Quad Cities and Great Lakes met for the final time of the season, but inclement weather suspended the game in the 6th with the score tied at 3-3, so they'll count it as a tie, the first since 2003. The game won't be resumed, but it's official and all stats will count, though each team's records remain unchanged. So let's get Weird.

Akeem Bostick threw 6IP, 5H/3R (1ER), 7K:0BB.

Sean McMullen was 2x3 with a double and a stolen base; Jacob Nottingham was 1x3 with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Ramon Laureano hit an RBI sac fly.

Man of the Not-Match: Akeem Bostick. But there's no tying in baseball.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PreStros Morning Report

TL;DR

*Org goes 3-1 on the day; cumulative 112-68 record
*Carlos Correa hit a homer on to the roof of a building across the street in Fresno's win over Memphis
*Vince Velasquez and Michael Feliz combined for 9IP, 15K:1BB in a 4-1 win over NW Arkansas
*Joe Musgrove struck out nine in 6IP and Brett Phillips was 4x5 in a 10-2 Lancaster win
*Quad Cities got shut down 3-0 despite Akeem Bostick's solid start

Fresno (26-19)

Fresno answered Memphis' 1st inning run with a run of their own and never trailed again, defeating the CardinAAAls 5-2. Asher Wojciechowski threw 6IP, 5H/2ER, 4K:4BB; Richard Rodriguez (1H), Jason Stoffel, and Kevin Chapman retired nine of the last ten batters they faced.

Matt Duffy (2B, RBI), Matt Dominguez, Tyler Heineman (2RBI) and Carlos Correa were each 2x4. Correa hit the homer in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1, and hit it a long way. How long of a way? It was estimated at 424 feet and...
Man of the Match: Carlos Correa

Corpus (30-14)

Corpus and NW Arkansas battled to a 0-0 tie until the 6th inning, when the Hooks got a 2-run inning on their way to a 4-1 win. Vince Velasquez threw 5IP, 3H/0ER, 8K:1BB and Michael Feliz followed that up with 4IP, 1H/1ER, 7K:0BB for a total of 15K:1BB.

Andrew Aplin (RBI, SB) and Brandon Meredith (BB) had two hits each; Teoscar Hernandez was 1x3 with a walk and an RBI. Jio Mier, Tony Kemp, Jon Kemmer, and Roberto Pena added hits.

Man of the Match: Velasquez and Feliz

Lancaster (23-22)

Inland Empire answered Lancaster's 3-0 lead with two of their own in the 5th before Lancaster put up five runs in the bottom half, cruising to a 10-2 win over the 66ers. Joe Musgrove threw 6IP, 7H/2ER, 9K:0BB; Reymin Guduan struck out three in two perfect innings, and Frederick Tiburcio allowed two hits and a walk in 1IP.

Brett Phillips was 4x5 with a double and a 2-run homer (4RBI), A.J. Reed was 3x5 with an RBI; Jack Mayfield (BB, RBI), James Ramsay (2B, 2RBI), and Marc Wik (2R, SB) had two hits each. J.D. Davis was 1x4 with a walk, and Ronnie Mitchell drew two walks.

Man of the Match: Brett Phillips

Quad Cities (33-13)

Kane County put up two in the first, which was all they needed in a 3-0 win over Quad Cities. Akeem Bostick allowed 3H/2ER, 7K:0BB in 5IP; Brandon McNitt allowed 3H/1ER, 2K:0BB in 3IP, and Aaron Greenwood closed out the 9th with no hits and no walks.

There wasn't much going on offensively for Quad Cities, but Jacob Nottingham had a double and Mott Hyde got a hit and a walk; Sean McMullen and Ryan Bottger had your other hits.

Man of the Match: Akeem Bostick