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Monday, March 25, 2019

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

Two days until Opening Day. Why hasn't anyone signed an extension this week this is ridiculous. I found out that one of my responsibilities at work will keep me away from the entire G1. That's probably good news for everyone else's enjoyment of the day.

*The Astros played Pittsburgh and a 7-run 3rd inning was able to hold off a Pirate 5-run 6th inning for a 12-9 win. Notable:

-Forrest Whitley: 3IP, 6H/3ER, 2K:1BB
-Framber Valdez: 1.2IP, 3H/5ER, 1K:2BB
-Myles Straw, Nick Tanielu, Tyler White, and Garrett Stubbs all homered.

FOAC Cody Stoots has the recap of Whitley's outing. David Barron hopes that Whitley's next start in Houston will go a little better.

*Houston leads MLB.com's first Power Rankings of the year.

*A.J. Hinch literally loves the 2019 Houston Astros. Hinch:
I have as much confidence as I have ever had. I love the edge we have, and we all know what it takes to get to the finish line. 

*Justin Verlander still thinks that free agency is broken, but that isn't why he signed a 2yr extension last week. Verlander, on Houston:
I just can't see a better situation. 

*Sean Pendergast has four thoughts on the Verlander extension.

*The Bold Prediction for the 2019 Astros is that Carlos Correa will be the best player on the team.

*Somehow the Astros' bullpen ranks 4th in MLB, behind the Yankees, A's (?), and Pirates.

*Jake Kaplan has a really good Q&A with Hero Charlie F. Morton.

*The Astros released Ryne Birk (13th Round, 2016), Alex Winkelman (21st Round, 2015), and Carlos Sierra (2016 international signing).

*SI says that Indians and Pirates fans should strongly consider boycotting their teams.

*Cool story in The Athletic about Andre Hal's internship with Headspace - an app The Wife and I use on the reg.

*A Musical Selection:

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*James Paxton is a very good pitcher who has, this season, owned the Astros. That doesn't mean the Astros are deficient or poorly built or anything negative. Sometimes you just run into a really good pitcher, he handles you, and you go about your off-day before embarking on a nine-game road trip. It was the Astros' first series loss since June 16-18 (Boston). The Astros are 63-32, with a 15.5-game lead with 67 games remaining. After today there are just seven off-days left in the regular season.

*James Paxton vs Houston, 2017: 20IP, 12H/1ER, 20K:4BB. 0.45 ERA/0.80 WHIP. Hinch:
We swung the bats fairly well early and hit a couple of balls hard and didn't really push anything across, but he's really good. His arm strength is at the top end of left-handed starters in the league. 

Catcher Mike Zunino, on Paxton:
He's obviously got swing-and-miss stuff and they're a free-swinging team. He's got enough stuff to miss bats and that's a good combination against those guys.

Do you want to tell Zunino that the Astros have the fewest strikeouts in all of baseball? Or that they rank 23rd in overall swing%? Or should I?

*There are twenty pitchers who have thrown at least 10IP against the Astros this season. Five of them have an ERA under 3.00:
James Paxton - 0.45
Ervin Santana - 2.08
Jason Vargas - 2.45
Sean Manaea - 2.70
Ricky Nolasco - 2.77

But nine of those twenty have an ERA over 5.00. So.

*Guillermo Heredia made the defensive play of the game, getting George Springer at third.

*AL West, last 30 games:
Houston: 19-11
Seattle: 16-14
Oakland: 16-14
Anaheim: 14-16
Arlington: 13-17

*Off-Day Playoff Odds check:
FanGraphs (102-60): 100% to win division, 15.8% to win the World Series
FiveThirtyEight (104-58): >99% to win division, 22% to win the World Series
Baseball Prospectus (102-60): 100% to win division, 19.1% to win the World Series.

*Carlos Correa's surgery was successful, and Alex Bregman will be playing Shortstop this weekend at Baltimore. Here's Correa's Instagram post from the hospital room, post-op.

*Dallas Keuchel described the last seven weeks as "a mini-offseason." He will make one more rehab start on Saturday before - ideally - rejoining the rotation the following week, probably against Detroit. Keuchel:
I fully expect this to be the last one if everything checks off and it goes as planned.

*Will Harris can be activated from the DL tomorrow, but he'll play catch for the first time since going on the DL instead. Harris:
I don't feel it at all. It's only been throwing the ball, and trying to throw the ball with some effort, that's causing my problems. 

Hmm. Given that he's a pitcher on a Major League Baseball team, he should probably wait until it doesn't hurt to throw with effort to come back.

*The Astros are still among the teams interested in Detroit's Justin Wilson.

*Jerry Crasnick writes about what the Dodgers and Astros might do at the Trade Deadline (now 11 days away). An AL Talent Evaluator:
Knowing what I know about Jeff, there are some serious aggressive machinations to find that starter or bullpen guy.

A scout:
Do you give up Kyle Tucker or Francis Martes for a small, marginal difference in that Game 3? I don't know. Do you give it up to get Britton? Maybe you do.

There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth on The Twitters yesterday as everyone caught up to the idea of the Diamondbacks trading for J.D. Martinez and the Yankees trading for a new 1B and two good relievers, all after the Cubs went out and got Jose Quintana. But please do keep in mind that none of those teams are leading their division and are trying to get into the playoffs via the Wild Card. That's obviously not a position they share with the Astros (see: Off-Day Playoff Odds check, above). Those teams need the two-ish weeks before the deadline to give themselves a leg up on their opponents to get into the playoffs, because those days could be the difference in playing in the Wild Card game and making golf plans on October 2. The Astros are looking for the right guy(s) to get them to the World Series. There's a vastly different philosophy between the two situations.

You run the possibility of another team being more aggressive and dealing for the guy(s) the Astros want, but it's not as though any of these trades happen in a vacuum. Let's say the Astros have been engaging the A's on Sonny Gray for weeks, months even. If the Brewers come in and offer something slightly better, Billy Beane is going to call Luhnow and say "Think you can offer something better than this deal?" Everyone knows the strength of the Astros' farm system. Oakland will play the teams against each other to get the best possible deal. There is never an actual Mystery Team.

*What is Sonny Gray really worth?

*Kyle Tucker is David Schoenfield's pick for Houston's untouchable player.

*Corpus' Alex Winkelman came within an out of no-hitting Frisco last night. Some Rangers' Double-A jacknut Marwin'd a pitch right up the middle. Winkelman went 8.2IP, 1H/0ER, 6K:2BB for his first Double-A win.

*Ryne Birk was promoted from Buies Creek to Corpus, and J.D. Davis was promoted to Fresno as Colin Moran figures to spend the rest of the season in Houston.
Birk (13th Round - 2016) was hitting .274/.340/.430 for BCA while Davis was hitting .279/.340/.510 with a Texas League-leading 21 home runs. 


*Ronnie Dawson, Josh Rojas, and Daz Cameron beat the dog piss out of Lansing, 20-3. After getting off to a slow start this season, Cameron is hitting .379/.433/.672 in July.

*Here's a cool profile from Philly.com on Todd Kalas.

*Kris Bryant is the latest superstar to hurt his finger on a head-first slide.

*In his 2nd PA for his new team, J.D. Martinez was hit on the hand by a pitch.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday Morning Hot Links + PreStros Report

*Yulieski Gurriel and George Springer homered to briefly give the Astros a 2-1 lead but Big Joe, Big Joe Musgrove had himself a rough half-inning in which a chopper down the line almost gave Marwin a highlight (throw was just wide), was followed by a liner into center, which was followed by a Cole Kalhoun Kole Calhoun strikeout, which was followed by a Mike Trout RBI that Springer almost caught, which was followed by just your typical Albert Pujols three-run homer that hasn't landed yet. Astros lose 5-2.

*The Astros are 3-6 against Los Angeles of Anaheim in their last nine meetings.

*The Angels had lost five straight, the Astros had won five straight. Ricky Nolasco improved to 5-0 lifetime at Minute Maid Park. Hinch:
They did a good job of battling (Musgrove) and putting him in sort of difficult situations to have to pitch out of most of the night, and the big swing by Pujols. 

*First base was open to Pujols, who has more home runs against the Astros than any other team, so why did Hinch not walk him to face...C.J. Cron? Hinch:
Cron's pretty good behind him. I want to give Joe a little bit of leeway to make some careful pitches...He had handled Pujols pretty well. He had broken his bat on the pop-up to himself and then the little chopper to third. So if he makes his pitch, I think we have a little bit of a different outcome. 

Okay, so Cron is now a lifetime 2x6 against Musgrove, a lifetime .213/.247/.424 hitter against the Astros, and a lifetime .203/.243/.391 hitter at Minute Maid Park. Is Cron pretty good? Yeah. Is he HOF good with a history of destroying the Astros good? Nah...

*Musgrove's goal is now to go deeper into games, and with more effectiveness. McTaggart notes that the seven hitters who saw Musgrove a third time got four hits.

*Keuchel, who will pitch this evening against Los Anahagels, loves Brian McCann. Keuchel:
His knowledge first of all, but what he sees in the box, what he relays to me, what we talk about between innings. Just everything you could possibly want from a catcher, he's got. 

Suck it, Castro.

*Carlos Correa was again out of the lineup with a withered hand, who says it only hurts when he grips and squeezes the bat. Correa:
It's just early in the season and I don't want to be playing out there hurt. There's still a lot of games to play and I want to be able to play most of the games. 

*Dallas Keuchel, J.J. Watt, and Patrick Beverley are all real life friends.

*19-year old Cuban prospect Luis Robert had a promising private workout at the Astros international complex and then came down with the flu. If MLB clears him soon enough, he wouldn't be subjected to the hard cap for teams that went over their international bonus pool allotment - good news for the Astros.

*Pirates OF Starling Marte was just suspended for 80 games.

*It's time for a smart, progressive PED plan in baseball.

*The curious case of baseball's missing fastballs.

PreStros Report - April 18

A 5-run 2nd inning doomed Fresno (5-8) from the start in a 6-1 loss to Las Vegas. Keegan Yuhl allowed 7H/6ER while a bullpen of Jankowski, Guduan, and Hoyt threw 4IP, 2H/0ER, 5K:2BB. Derek Fisher (2B) and Preston Tucker each had two hits. Colin Moran was 1x3 with a walk.

Corpus and NW Arkansas traded runs all night and, despite allowing two runs in the top of the 9th, Corpus (8-4) held on for a 10-9 win. Drew Ferguson was 3x5 with two doubles and an RBI; J.D. Davis was 2x5 with a double and a 3-run homer; Alejandro Garcia was 2x5 with a double. Every Hooks starter got on base at least once, striking out five times and drawing six walks. And 3B Jack Mayfield made SportsCenter's Top Plays:
Myrtle Beach blanked Buies Creek (9-4) with a 6-0 win. Alex Winkelman had a great start, throwing 6IP, 1H/0ER, 10K:0BB but Andrew Thome cratered in the 7th with 4H/6R (4ER), 2K:0BB. Sebastian Kessay threw a perfect 8th. 2B Osvaldo Duarte had three of BCA's seven hits. Myles Straw was 1x2 with 2BB.

Quad Cities (6-6) poured it on Burlington in a 12-2 road win. Hector Perez threw 5.2IP, 4H/2ER, 7K:1BB, both earned runs coming on solo homers. And homers were the order of the night as Ronnie Dawson, Daz Cameron, Stephen Wrenn, Randy Cesar, and Marcos Almonte all hit one for the River Bandits. Alex De Goti, Jake Rogers, Wrenn, Cesar, Rodrigo Ayarza, and Almonte all had two hits each. After 12 games De Goti (16th Round, 2016 draft) is hitting .366/.458/.585.