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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Friday Morning Hot Links

So the Winter Zoom Meetings came to an end on Thursday. The Astros lost Jose Alberto Rivera to the Angels in the Rule 5 Draft, as well as outfielder Drew Ferguson to the Mets and catcher Chuckie Robinson to the Reds in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Rivera will be 24 in 2021 and is coming off a 2019 season in which he threw 75.2IP, 61H/32ER, 95K:36BB, but is most notable for throwing 102mph. He has to stick on the Angels' active roster for the whole season or be returned to the Astros. Prior to 2020, I would not have thought it possible to make it on an MLB roster for the entire season after having never been above Low-A. But who knows. The Angels paid $100,000 for Rivera, and if he gets DFA'd or sent to the minors, the Astros have the opportunity to get him back for $50,000. James Click said the Rule 5 rules mean that there's a good chance they get him back, and they needed the 40-Man Roster flexibility:

If we've added Rivera, we'd obviously be down to one [roster spot], and we've got quite a few holes on the roster to be filled. So we anticipate additional roster changes over the course of the season and had to balance the need for those roster spots over the next couple months with the ability to protect a player like that. 

Ferguson was the Astros' 19th Round pick in the 2015 Draft and hit .281/.395/.440 at Round Rock in 2019. Chuckie Robinson was the Astros' 24th Round pick in the 2016 Draft and hit .217/.276/.324 at Corpus in 2019.

The Astros also picked up pitcher Joe Record in the Minor-League Phase of the draft, and pitcher Seth Martinez. Record was the Twins' 27th Round pick in 2017. He threw 55IP in 2019 - his professional debut - between Low-A and High-A, posting a 5.07 ERA/1.27 WHIP, with 68K:16BB. 

Martinez, 26, was Oakland's 17th Round pick in 2016. In 2019 Martinez threw 71.2IP, 50H/20ER, 74K:18BB, 2.51 ERA/0.95 WHIP.

*James Click told Chandler Rome that the word for this offseason is "Patience."

If immediately we have not addressed some of the areas that we have identified as needs, that doesn't mean we're not looking to do that later in the offseason. We're going to have that patience and make sure that we wait until we get to Spring Training - or maybe even a little bit into Spring Training based on previous winters - to assess this roster and how this offseason has gone.

He also said the Astros are still engaged in talks with representatives for both George Springer and Michael Brantley. Click here for McTaggart's un-paywalled version of the Click conversation.

*The Athletic's Eno Sarris predicts that the Astros sign catcher J.T. Realmuto to a 4yr/$85m deal this offseason.


Adding Realmuto to an infield that includes Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve could be a masterstroke, particularly if a lack of competing offers suppresses Realmuto's contract requirements.

He also predicts Springer to the Mets for 5yrs/$110m. 

*If you look at FanGraphs' Depth Charts for 2021, you see the Astros are projected for a .545 win% - 88-74 - or the 3rd-best record in MLB (and the top team in the AL). I don't know how FanGraphs is doing this, but I'm not going to question it. 

*Yahoo's Tim Brown wonders whether the 2021 season will start "on time."

*Great news: Gary Pettis and his world-famous windmill will return in 2021, following his bout with Multiple Myeloma.

*SI: The Hall of Fame must act with more urgency, before it's too late (RIP Dick Allen).

*I acknowledge that the Houston Texans exist and hooboy this SI article on chaplain-turned-GM(?) East Jackerby. 

*I am adding "This is Branchburg" to my very skimpy podcast queue.

*The incredibly-true story of Renting A Friend in Tokyo.

*An Italian man had an argument with his wife and then walked 280 miles to "clear his head."

*"Xmas or Bust:" The Untold Story of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

*Leeds United v West Ham at 2pm Central Friday.

*A pre-Musical Selection: I'm obsessed with Kent Nishimura's YouTube channel:

*The Musical Selection for today, which came from a movie my kid watch a few weeks ago, and hasn't been out of my head since. So you can have this happen to you:

Monday, July 23, 2018

Monday Morning Hot Links

The Astros did not play yesterday. I know it seems weird, given that today is an off-day as well. A random Sunday off after the All-Star Break. Schedule is weird this year. The Astros are 66-36. Seattle won so the lead is at 5.0 games. The Astros are now 34-15 on the road.

*The Angels are 50-50. 25-25 at home and 25-25 on the road. They're perfectly mediocre.

*Just for gits and shiggles, if the Astros go 30-30 to finish up the season (/eyes roll out of head), Seattle would have to go 38-24 to pass them for the division lead. If the Astros go 35-25, Seattle would have to go 43-19. And so on.

*The seven runs the Angels scored in the 7th are the 2nd-most allowed in an inning by the Astros this season. Houston allowed four home runs for the fourth time in 2018. When Astros pitchers allow 3+ home runs they're 2-10.

*The 14 runs allowed are a season-high. The nine-run loss is the highest margin of loss of the season and the biggest margin since September 9, 2017, an 11-1 loss at Oakland. The Astros haven't allowed 14 runs in a game since July 29, 2016.

*Man Lance got lit up: 4.1IP, 6H/5ER, 3K:5BB, WP. McCullers has allowed 52ER this season. 26 of those came in four starts, including yesterday. The other 26 came in the other 16 starts. In his last two starts, McCullers has thrown 8.1IP, 10H:11ER, 4K:10BB. That's, uh, not ideal. His last two starts have recorded a 26 and a 29 Game Score. He's the first Astros pitcher to walk 5+ batters in consecutive starts since Erik Bedard did it in 2013. McCullers:
When you get put behind pretty much because of my inability to execute pitches and big swings of the bat, it puts us in a tough spot early. It put me in a tough spot early, and from that point I was kind of grinding and wasn't going to be able to get in a groove. I was kind of in survival mode. 

*Will Harris and Chris Devenski combined to face ten batters and got three of them out, allowing 6H/7ER, 1K:2BB. Devenski allowed two home runs. Pretty impressive considering that Devenski had allowed 18 home runs in his previous 227.2IP. He had previously never given two home runs in an outing.

*Never change, Luis Valbuena. You bat-flipped a pop out:

*POSITION PLAYER PITCHING ALERT: J.D. Davis got the 8th and allowed a solo home run to Former Ramgers Great Ian Kinsler. He struck out catcher Jose Briceno, who maybe needs to go back to the drawing board. It's the 1st time this season a position player has pitched for the Astros. Davis is the 17th different pitcher for Houston this season.

*The Angels' eight walks are not a season-high. Get this: On May 12 Anaheim drew 12 walks, got seven hits, only GIDP'd once, and lost 5-3. Trash-ass team. Thank God Jerry Dipoto can do to the Mariners what he did to the Angels.

*Kole Freaking Calhoun went 2x3 with two walks. It was the first time this season he had reached base four times in a game, and he raised his OPS 26 points yesterday, from .552 to .578. That's the most shameful thing about this game. I hate Kole Calhoun. Mainly because of how his parents spelled his name. Idiots.

*The Angels' Last Remaining Healthy Starting Pitcher Andrew Heaney, vs Houston, 2018:
14IP, 8H/2ER, 14K:3BB.

*Houston went 2x8 w/RISP. They were 6x28 w/RISP this series, a series in which they won.

*Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel (2-4 in the lineup) went 2x15.

*Bregman does have a 25-game on-base streak, though.

*Tim Federowicz went 1x4 and the Astros lost their first game in which T-Fed got a hit (4-1).

*Josh Reddick got emotional at the opening of Josh Reddick Stadium.

*One of Ralph Bowden's sources says that the Astros are "all-in" on Zach Britton.

*Buies Creek's Chuckie Robinson (21st Round - 2016) went 2x4 with a grand slam and a 3-run home run, finishing the day with seven RBI in a 10-7 win over the Rangers' Carolina League affiliate.

*The Mariners won 8-2 yesterday, giving them a +1 run differential for a 60-40 team. They have the lowest run differential of any team to win 60 of their first 100 games.

*Check this Buster Olney column on Tony Clark and the need for a different strategy for the MLBPA.

*Former Royals star Billy Butler is straight up dominating the Idaho Falls Rec Softball League.