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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

The start of this post is going to be a bit of an update to tell you a bit about what is going on here on this site. @AstrosCounty will be starting school soon since he's a teacher and he sent me a direct message via Twitter to ask if I (Flick) would like to take over a couple days a week to cut down on the work load now that I've gotten my feet wet in doing these for the blog. Obviously, I said yes (or else I wouldn't be typing this right now). He has been doing these every day for YEARS and it's only fair that he finally gets to ease up a little bit on doing these and have some extra time to devote to his work and some extra time just to himself. Plus, I am a college student so I have some extra time in between classes that I can dedicate to make sure that Hot Links will still go up.

Now I know what you might be thinking.
#1: When will you do Hot Links? - As of right now, I will do them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. When my semester starts up, it may go down to just Monday and Wednesday mornings, but we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
#2: Are you actually going to get your Hot Links up at a reasonable hour? - Yes. I work nights. My classes are mostly afternoon/nights, so I do not wake up when the clock reads "a.m." That is why my hot links did not go up at the time they normally do. I can fix that. The new plan is that I will create these Hot Links after I get home from work and post them before I go to sleep (around 2-3 a.m. CST). That way, Hot Links for the day will be up at whatever unruly hour you have to wake up at.

Well, this intro has gone on long enough. Let's get get crackin' on these Hot Links.

In case you fell asleep last night or you decided to do the "responsible" thing and go to sleep early so you "do your job well", the Astros had a huge 10th inning for a 8-2 route of the Rox. This moves Houston 6 games ahead of Seattle and 7.5 ahead of Oakland.

Part of the 10th inning rally was Kyle Tucker, as he claims that his big 10th inning triple "is a huge confidence boost." Hopefully so. A lot of people seem to be upset at his current performance, but remember, Alex Bregman started 2-38 in his MLB debut, and he turned out pretty okay. It's far too early to give up on this guy now.

Another piece of noteworthy news from last night's game. Joe Smith was good again. At one point in late April, Joe had a 9.72 ERA. Since the beginning of May, Smith has given up 2 earned runs in 3 months, and he has lowered his ERA to almost under 4.

AJ Hinch doesn't seem to be too keen on the NL "No-DH" rule, like most of us.

Carlos Correa is swinging a bat again and he's feeling sexy.

Alex Bregman will try to add another trophy to his collection as he is the Astros nominee for the MLB Heart and Hustle Award. George Springer was the nominee for the last 2 years.

Speaking of Alex Bregman, here is a hilarious-since-it-didn't-happen-but-terrifying-to-think-it-could-have-happened story on The Athletic about how he almost ended up on the Rangers ($).

Here is a quick interview with Gerrit Cole's old little league coach talking about what he's doing right.

The Houston Astros currently have the best odds to win the World Series.

Good news everyone! Since you had sex because your sports team won a trophy, you can pick up some free stuff Thursday.

Dennis Liborio has passed away after losing the fight to Alzheimer's Disease. Rest in peace.

Zach Britton has been traded to the Yankees for their 9th and 15th ranked prospects. Here's hoping this doesn't come back to bite us.

Austin Gomber had a no-hitter going but then a fire alarm went off and he blew it immediately after.

The Mets have had a bad year. Nothing was gone right. The only maybe fun thing they could possibly pull off would be to give Tebow a shot in the MLB right? After all, they would sell thousands of jerseys, people would fill the seats, social media would be abuzz. Unfortunately, this will not be the year.

L.J. Hoes is back! Thank you Baltimore!

Houston is the most stressed state in Texas, which makes sense because Houston is the only sports city in Texas that's actually winning anything! *bows*

I am honored to announce that Elon Musk has seen sci-fi movies.

Okay so people are being told in Europe to properly dispose of their excess alcohol because the seagulls are getting absolutely sloshed.

So these are my links for today. And remember, if you didn't like them, its County's fault for letting me do this so you need to take all complaints to him okay? okay.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

It's the first full Spring Training edition of 2017!

*A.J. Hinch's Spring Training plan is designed to make players tired and sore.

*Hinch is excited about the balance of the 2017 Astros.

*Dallas Keuchel's shoulder didn't feel right the entire season. Keuchel:
From the get-go, coming into spring training, it wasn't right. But I was telling myself I could push through this and get through it. That wasn't the case. I actually hurt the team more than helped out. 

Hinch, on Keuchel's struggles:
He took it on the chin a few times, but he also pitched a couple of good games, as well. He didn't have an entirely wasted season...I think he learned a lot about himself.

*Lance McCullers is working on a more compact throwing motion.

*Collin McHugh doesn't have any beef with the Astros after going through - and winning - the arbitration process.

*Day 1 and here's an eyebrow being raised: Evan Gattis received an anti-inflammation shot in his shoulder. Gattis:
It's just been a little sore, a little more sore than usual. So we just kind of nipped it in the bud, especially with a lot of volume coming up. I'm not too worried about it.


*The Astros are extending protective netting all the way through the dugouts on both sides of the field. Corpus Christi is doing the same thing at Whataburger Field.

As someone who has an irrational fear of getting hit in the face with a foul ball, I applaud this decision.

*Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the new Spring Training facility

*John Sickels' Top 200 Prospects List features nine Astros, headlined by Francis Martes at #29, with six in the top 100.

*Former Astros prospect L.J. Hoes was suspended 50 games without pay for a second violation of a drug of abuse.

*Money may not be the only reason the Rangers let Yu Darvish walk after 2017.

*Late Tigers owner Mike Ilitch paid Rosa Parks' rent for years.

*Football hooligans in Russia are trained, organized, and violent.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Morning Hot Links

*Jose Altuve homered twice as the Astros destroyed the Angels for the 11th time in a row. With 64 games left, Altuve's homers each set a new career-high. Springer:
The guy is a joke. He's up there playing Xbox. It's something special to watch.

*The Rangers beat the Royals, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, the A's beat the Rays.

*On the Wild Card side, the Red Sox beat the Twins.

*This week the Astros play the Yankees, the Rangers play the A's, the Angels go to Kansas City, and the Tigers head to Boston.

*The big news of the day was the Astros calling up Alex Bregman, who will debut against the Yankees tonight. Altuve, on Bregman:
I think he's going to be a superstar. I think everybody thinks the same way. He's a very smart kid. He plays the game the right way. I feel really happy to have him here on our team.

It's a dream come true. And I'm ready to go work, keep my mouth shut and hopefully help contribute.

We've been flirting with the idea. We feel like this is a good time to add him to a good team. We're rolling along pretty well and he doesn't have to come up here and be anything but himself and contribute at a couple of different positions. 

*Bregman is the first position player from the 2015 draft to make his debut.

*Marwin left yesterday's game with a sprained ankle.

*Altuve paid tribute to Griffey with his white shoes.

*Fresno's Brady Rodgers is unbeaten in his last nine starts.

*Corpus and Frisco got into a fight after Danry Vasquez charged the mound upon getting hit in the leg:

*L.J. Hoes had a walk-off steal of home for Triple-A Norfolk.

*Two months ago Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the eye by a 92mph fastball from Jordan Lyles. He's about to make his return, and he's still pissed at Lyles.

*The Rangers are interested in Edinson Volquez.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Morning Hot Links

*Here's an expanded story on Evan Gattis working with a personal trainer and losing 18 pounds this offseason in part to be able to return to catching part-time without putting strain on his knees, as well as playing some LF and 1B.
Catching's an option, playing a little left is an option, maybe taking ground balls is an option. I'm not really sure yet. I think being mobile, lighter and maintaining strength and kind of working on some unbalances will help me be a little more versatile.

*The Astros officially announced the signings of Wandy Rodriguez, Edwar Cabrera, and infielder Danny Worth to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training. Worth spent all of 2015 with Arizona at Triple-A Reno where he hit .314, playing mostly shortstop but seeing some time at 2B and 3B. There will be 60 players at Spring Training - 30 pitchers and 30 position players.

*It's a big Spring Training for Max Stassi, who could make the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career.
It's a little bit different this time with a good chance to break with the club. I'm really excited just to get down there to start getting better relationships with all my pitchers. 

*Delaware native Brett Oberholtzer was pretty excited about getting traded to the Phillies.
I grew up a Phillies fan and went to games at the Vet and the Bank with my dad, so getting that call was a great moment...That phone call was a moment to put in the memory bank and say I'm a Philadelphia Phillie.

*Former Astro LJ Hoes sent a very sad tweet after getting DFA'd by the Orioles.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

Gotta get right to it...

*ESPN: Lance McCuller's emergence shows difference between Astros and Royals

*MLB: McCullers continues to impress

*Hinch: "We've been confident long before we were given credit."

*The Astros are expected to introduce Daz Cameron today

*Colby Rasmus was apparently bitten by a spider on his left wrist, which then got infected, and he hasn't played since Saturday.

*Luke Gregerson is relying more on his sinker this year

*1-2 pick Alex Bregman is ready for things to calm down. He says "ready to work" three times in one interview.

*The Angels and Orioles are interested in trading for L.J. Hoes

*Here's the New York Times, on Tal's Hill

*Jameis Winston was at Sunday's Astros/Yankees game, and made a kid's day

Thursday, June 11, 2015

PreStros Morning Report: June 10


*Org goes 2-2 on the day; Cumulative 143-89 record.
*Handsome Dan Straily had a rough one in, but struck out eight, in a 5-1 Fresno loss.
*Corpus built up an 8-0 lead and held on for a 8-7 win over Midland.
*Lancaster recovered from blowing two leads to defeat Visalia in the 11th.
*Quad Cities got worked over by Lansing.

Fresno (34-24)

Reno got the first five runs of the game before Fresno countered with one in the 7th...and well that's it. 5-1 Reno. Dan Straily took the loss, throwing 6IP, 8H/5ER, 8K:0BB; Jason Stoffel gave up a hit in 1IP, Jose Veras walked one in the 8th, and Mitch Lambson threw a scoreless 9th.

The Grizzlies only managed four hits, one of them a solo homer from L.J. Hoes, his 3rd of the season. Jon Singleton, Nolan Fontana (BB), and Robbie Grossman had your other hits. Domingo Santana drew two walks. 

Man of the Match: L.J. Hoes

Corpus (39-18)

It's a good thing the Hooks built up that 8-0 lead by the end of the 4th, because they needed every run in an 8-7 win over Midland. Michael Feliz allowed 5H/6ER, 2K:3BB in 4IP; Travis Ballew allowed all three runners he inherited from Feliz to score, plus 2H/1ER, 0K:1BB in an out-less outing; Chris Devenski improved to 7-0 with 4IP, 3H/0ER, 6K:2BB, and Jandel Gustave allowed 2H/0ER, 1K:0BB in a nerve-wracking 9th inning.

The Hooks got 12 hits: two from Tony Kemp (BB), Teoscar Hernandez (RBI), Andrew Aplin (3B, RBI), Conrad Gregor (2B, 3B), and Roberto Pena (2B, 2RBI). Colin Moran and Jon Kemmer added a hit and an RBI each.

Man of the Match: Chris Devenski

Lancaster (32-27)

Another crazy one in Lancaster as they blew a 2-0 lead and a 9-4 lead to go to extras before scoring two in the 10th at Visalia for an 11-9 win. Adrian Houser threw 6IP, 6H/4ER, 6K:2BB; Andrew Walter allowed 3H/2ER, 2K:0BB and two of Houser's runs in 0.2IP; Reymin Guduan allowed an unearned run; Keegan Yuhl gave up 4H/0ER, 4K:0BB in 2.1IP and Tyler Brunnemann struck out the final batter of the 10th.

J.D. Davis was 3x6 with an RBI; Chase McDonals was 3x5 with two doubles and 2RBI; Brett Phillips had a triple, homer, and 4RBI; Mott Hyde, Alfredo Gonzalez (2BB, RBI), and Brian Holberton (3B, BB, RBI) added two hits. A.J. Reed had a hit and a walk; Jack Mayfield hit his 6th homer of the year, and Ronnie Mitchell hit his 5th homer of the year. 

Man of the Match: Brett Phillips

Quad Cities (39-19)

Quad Cities took a 2-0 lead in the 1st then allowed seven unanswered runs in what became a 12-5 loss to Lansing. Austin Chrismon pitched 2.2IP, 1H/1ER, 1K:0BB; Ryan Thompson allowed 4H/3ER, 2K:0BB in 1.1IP; Jorge Perez allowed 7H/8ER, 2K:5BB in a rough 3.1IP, and Aaron Greenwood struck out one in 1.2IP of scoreless relief.

Jacob Nottingham was 2x5 with a double and an RBI; Jason Martin had a hit, walk, and one RBI; Alex Hernandez was 1x2 with two walks and a stolen base; Ryan Bottger was 1x2 with a walk and 2RBI. Jamie Ritchie was 0x3 with 2BB.

Man of the Match: Jacob Nottingham

Thursday, June 4, 2015

PreStros Morning Report: June 3


*Org goes 3-0 on the day; cumulative 131-78 record
*Brady Rodgers threw 7IP and L.J. Hoes had three hits and three stolen bases in a 4-1 Fresno win.
*Mark Appel threw 5IP, 2H/0ER, 3K:0BB as Corpus pieced together enough singles for a 3-2 win.
*Jacob Nottingham hit three doubles and Quad Cities' three homers result in an 8-1 win.

Fresno (31-22)

Colorado Springs got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 3rd, but Fresno scored four unanswered runs to win 4-1 on the road. Brady Rodgers threw a strong game, allowing just 5H/1ER, 2K:0BB in 7IP; Mitch Lambson allowed a hit in 0.1IP, and Jason Stoffel finished off the 8th inning. Kevin Chapman gave up a hit and a walk, but struck out two to get his 5th save of the season.

L.J. Hoes was 3x5 with three stolen bases; Carlos Correa was 2x3 with a double, two walks, and an RBI; Robbie Grossman (2B, BB) and Matt Duffy (3B, RBI) had two hits each. Jon Singleton was 1x4 with an RBI and a walk.

Man of the Match: L.J. Hoes

Corpus (35-16)

In what might be his best start of the season, Mark Appel and the Hooks come away with a 3-2 win over NW Arkansas. Appel threw 82 pitches in 5IP, allowing 2H/1R (0ER), 3K:0BB. Kyle Westwood allowed 2H/0ER, 2K:0BB in 3IP, and Jandel Gustave gave up 2H/1R (0ER), 1K:0BB in the 9th.

Teoscar Hernandez and Andrew Aplin each had two hits, Tyler White had a hit and drew two walks; Tony Kemp and Colin Moran (RBI) each had a hit and a walk. Conrad Gregor and Jio Mier added RsBI. All eight hits were singles.

Man of the Match: Mark Appel

Lancaster (28-24)


Quad Cities (37-16)

Quad Cities had a 5-0 lead before West Michigan even got on the board, cruising to an 8-1 win. Jorge Perez threw 5IP, 6H/0ER, 5K:3BB and Austin Chrismon threw 4IP, 2H/1ER, 3K:1BB.

Jacob Nottingham was 3x4 with three doubles and 2RBI; Kristian Trompiz was 2x3 with a double and 2RBI; Jason Martin, Alex Hernandez (2RBI) and Ramon Laureano all hit homers.

Man of the Match: Jacob Nottingham. The 20-year old catcher is hitting .338/.395/.592 for the River Bandits this season.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hoes Down, Chapman Up, plus Jed Lowrie's Injury.

L.J. Hoes was optioned to AAA after the first game of the Mariners series, with lefty relieved Kevin Chapman being summonsed to take his place.  The Mariners lean left in their batting lineup, so this move is totally understandable.  Remember when the Astros were fiddling with their starting rotation a year ago to get lefty starters to throw against the Mariners?  In the meantime, the Astros will play with a 3-man bench with plenty of positional flexibility - Conger, Grossman, Villar and González are all switch hitters, with the latter two having played nearly every position on the diamond and one of the two are expected to start at short in some kind of semi-platoon.

Lowrie's injury got me thinking.  Firstly, about how good the Lowrie contract was in the offseason.  When he departed in 2013 - after being acquired for a mercurial reliever - he had rebuilt his value with nearly 400 solid plate appearances on a bad team.  He raked for a middle infielder in 2013 over 154 games for Oakland (119 OPS+), and when he entered 2014, I wondered whether the Yankees would tab him as the interim replacement for DJ2, and offer him boatloads of cash in the process.  But his play in 2014 was not great, and it may have cost him a fair bit in contract money, but 3-and-23 is still an absolute bargain.  Especially when the guy mashes to a 179 OPS+ through the first 12% of the season.

Secondly, Lowrie is out until after the ASB, and he is going to rejoin the team as a fresh set of legs with around 2-and-one-half of the season to go.  If there are no lingering issues to his thumb - and there probably shouldn't be - then he will at least serve as a solid stretch-run addition.  Neither González or Villar is going to be a total naught at shortstop, and Lowrie has been unsustainably hot so the regression monster was starting to take an interest.  Perhaps the drop off in production could be less than first thought.

And while we are acknowledging the glass-half-full opinion of Lowrie's injury, it seems reasonable to look at how the Astros could use the DL time and roster spot to their best advantage.  No one seemed surprised when Jonathan Villar was called up - and they shouldn't have been - because he remains the logical replacement.  He has experience, positional flexibility, is a switch hitter, and a month ago was in the midst of a solid spring.  He also needs reps at the ML level to see what kind of player he will become, and the Astros would be wise to give him that opportunity now, lest they are forced to cut bait at some time in the future with that question unanswered.  Villar can do stuff on the field that other people simply can't, and I seem to remember that around a year ago, he was leading the Astros starters in slugging.  What I am trying to saw is that his ceiling is significant.

So Villar was always going to get the call up, although fans could be forgiven for being disappointed that the computer didn't spit out Carlos Correa's name.  Delay Correa's call up until this time next year (which would be developmentally very forgivable) and you get control until after the World Series in 2021.  Call him up now - and if you can't realistically return him to the minors because of solid performance - and you move his free-agency date to late 2020.  With the team winning as it is, and with a Villar-like candidate with his service clock already ticking, Correa wasn't ever coming up.

L.J. Hoes was called up for the series in the NL ballpark to allow for more of a pinch hitting option.  He was hot in AAA (.418/.458/.658 in a hitter-friendly league), but he only managed one plate appearance and one pinch-running appearance over the series.  With Sam Deduno starting - and likely to be restricted to around 60 pitches for this start - and with the pitchers hitting back in Houston, a 4-man bench is a luxury.  So the extra lefty reliever in Chapman was summonsed to counter the Mariners' lefty leaning lineup.

So, all pretty logical to this point, huh??  But Sam Deduno is (i) either going to return to being a long reliever or (ii) going to be stretched out to start full time and an extra arm won't be needed in the 'pen.  Either way, in a month or so, the fifth starter spot will hopefully be much clearer and someone who can carry a decent pitch load.  Either Obie or Peacock will be back, or Wojo would have benefitted from his time in AAA, or Deduno's name will appear in more permanent ink on the lineup card in the fifth starter slot.  So perhaps a four man bench in AL ballparks will become more defensible.

Assuming Conger and Grossman remain permanent bench players, and González and Hoes share shortstop duties, how could the Astros use this extra slot?  There are a number of interesting possibilities.  Preston Tucker is tearing up AAA right now, but he isn't on the 40-man, so another move would need to be made.  L.J. Hoes could pop back up and get more of a chance to mash.  Domingo Santana is another outfield possibility, and everyone remembers his time in the Majors from last year.  Jon Singleton is hitting .243/.369/.514 with four jacks, so perhaps he could get a look.  Nolan Fontana bats lefty, plays short, and is hitting .250/.394/.411, so he could be a possibility if Villar struggles (but isn't on the 40-man either, so a corresponding move would need to be made).  Joe Sclafani is a switch-hitter with positional flexibility, so he could get a look for a month or so, but this is becoming more of a long-shot with every name mentioned.

In terms of corresponding transactions, the guy on the 40-man who is at AAA who isn't performing well is our old friend, Matt Dominguez.  He has played 16 games, and is hitting .250/.299/.317 with no home runs.  I would hate to see Matty D leave the organisation, mostly because of how he would gently lays the bat down and trot around the bases at a good clip on home run balls.  Even if he crushed it and it was a massive home run in the context of the game, he always acted the same.  Showboating wasn't really his style, and when a guy is struggling in the majors and isn't taking the opportunity to show people up, then that earns some respect from me.

Of course, Matty D may be working on something very specific with the hitting coaches, and his number may have taken a hit on the basis that he is in an adjustment phase.  Numbers don't tell the whole story, and the Astros have been a scouting-savvy organisation recently, despite their reputation as ruthless number-crunchers.  There may be a plan with Matt D that I know nothing about - that would not surprise me at all.  The possibility of an adjustment may protect Matt somewhat.

This entry has gotten too long again, but I hope that my point has been made.  Jed's injury will keep him out for 2-3 months, and the first month or so of that will probably involve a short bench.  However, once the fifth starter - swingman areas of the pitching staff sort themselves out, the Astros have all sorts of tantalising options.  These include a number of guys that need a few months in the majors to see what they could become as players.  This list includes both guys that have seen The Show before (Hoes, Santana and Singleton) plus guys currently knocking on the door, that may need to be added to the 40-man.  A roster spot may have to be created, and Matty D looks to be at the stage of his career where he needs to hit better, or he may be struggling for a job.

Either way, the presence of too many players for too few roster spots on a first-place team is something that Astros fans should relish.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

As the Masked Marvel wrote up in his Game Recap, the 12-7 Astros have secured a winning month, assured of at least a 12-10 record to start the season.

*Hoes up, Woj down. L.J. Hoes has been called up from Fresno while the struggling Asher Wojciechowski was sent down to get his stuff right. With the three-game set in San Diego, the Astros brought up Hoes to provide an extra pinch-hit bat, if necessary. Not that Hoes didn't earn the call-up, he's hitting .418 with a .458 OBP in 2015, but - I think we fans should get used to this - the Astros didn't call up Preston Tucker, who is killing the ball right now and is also not striking out all that often (13K in 79PA). It'll likely be the same thing if we find out that Jed Lowrie will be out an extended period of time - count on Villar, not Correa, making his way to Houston. Being an Astros fan is all about delayed gratification.

*Also within that link, we find that the Astros will now need a starting pitcher for Friday against the Mariners, and could turn to Sam Deduno. Deduno has made five appearances - all in relief - but he recoreded 7+ outs in two of those relief spots. Drellich says Handsome Dan Straily or Jake Buchanan are options to start, but Deduno is already on the team and could make a couple of starts until Brett Oberholtzer is able to overcome that blister.

*George Springer is working to cut down the extra effort on his swing.

*Jonathan Villar wasn't happy about being optioned to Fresno in favor of Josh Fields. But then he remembered that he'd at least get to play regularly, and he cheered up:
It doesn't matter, I just want to play. I don't want to be sitting in the dugout. They didn't push me down because I wasn't hitting or doing my work. The coaches told me about the situation, how they needed a pitcher, and I understood that.

*Here's an interesting story on minor-leaguer Brock Dykxhoorn, who was cut from his club hockey team in high school, turned to baseball, and ended up as the Astros' 6th-Round pick in the 2014 draft despite not being a full-time pitcher until his senior year in high school.

*Unrelated to the Astros, but here's an example of how not to act as a blog. Or a human. (Don't read it).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PreStros Morning Report: April 22


*Org goes 2-1 on the day; cumulative 35-19 record on the season
*L.J. Hoes was 5x5 in a 3-2 walkoff loss to Salt Lake
*Troy Scribner struck out nine (20K:4BB on the season) in a Lancaster win
*Joe Musgrove also struck out nine batters in a Quad Cities win.

Fresno (8-6)

Well. Down 2-0 to Salt Lake heading into the top of the 9th, Fresno managed to tie the game up at 2-2...and then gave up the walk-off (unearned) run a half-inning later, Fresno loses 3-2. Handsome Dan Straily threw 4IP (83 pitches, 53 strikes), with 6H/2ER, 2K:1BB; Richard Rodriguez allowed just one hit, 2K:1BB in three scoreless innings; Kevin Chapman took the loss with 1.2IP, 2H/1R (0ER), 1K:0BB.

But my my, L.J. Hoes had himself a night, going 5x5 with a double and an RBI; Joe Sclafani (who committed the throwing error that led to the walkoff) was 1x3 with two walks. Jon Singleton had a hit and a walk, Preston Tucker added your 2nd RBI, and Max Stassi hit a triple.

Man of the Match: L.J. Hoes

Corpus (8-4)


Lancaster  (8-6)

Lancaster got all they needed with a big 6th inning to beat Rancho Cucamonga 5-3. Troy Scribner allowed 1H/1ER, with 9K:1BB in 5IP. He now has 20K:4BB in 13.2IP in 2015, and recorded the 200th strikeout of his career last night. Evan Grills allowed 6H/2ER, 1K:3BB in 3IP; Chris Cotton recorded his second save of the season with a perfect 9th, striking out two.

Chan Moon was 2x4 with an RBI; A.J. Reed was 1x2 with a double, two walks, and 2RBI; Chase McDonald was 1x4 with a two-run homer;

Man of the Match: Troy Scribner

Quad Cities (11-3)

Peoria struck first with a 1-0 lead in the 1st, and then Quad Cities scored the next six runs (on six hits) for a 6-2 win. Joe Musgrove needed 73 pitches to get through 5.2IP, 5H/2R (1ER), 9K:1BB; Keegan Yuhl threw a perfect 1.1IP, and Ryan Thompson struck out two in two perfect innings of relief, meaning Yuhl and Thompson retired all ten batters they faced.

Ryan Bottger, Jacob Nottingham (2RBI) and Jorge Martinez (BB, 2RBI) all hit homers. Kristian Trompiz was 2x4.

Man of the Match: Joe Musgrove

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Morning Link Dump

Here's what happened over the last 24 hours in Luhnow Does San Diego...

*Jim Crane says that $20m is there to spend this off-season, but not just for the sake of spending it.
We're not going to spend it just to spend it. I think definitely the money's available if they need it, and we're looking to fill some voids and improve the team. That could include spending the money and making some trades...Definitely that money's available if they need it, and we could stretch a little if we need to and something came in our direction we felt was the right piece that improved the team.

The right piece needs to be willing to take the money first, though...

*Meanwhile, at some point in the last year, Jeff Luhnow got himself an extension. Though with the timeline given to Evan Drellich by Crane, this extension came before someone leaked Ground Control, or Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix and Mac Marshall went unsigned, or Bo Porter was fired.

*Two of Jon Heyman's sources "familair" (sic) with the Astros' thinking say Chase Headley isn't very high on Houston's priority list, and openly wonders if the NYDN's Bill Madden (who said the Astros offered 5yrs/$65m) didn't fall for a phantom report.

*Jerry Crasnick says that the Astros are one of three teams involved in serious talks with reliever Pat Neshek.

*The Astros have also talked to Sergio Romo and Luke Gregerson.

*L.J. Hoes is being dangled in potential trades involving, yes, relievers.

*The Astros talked to the Nationals about Tyler Clippard, but things "didn't get very far."

*The Astros offering Andrew Miller a potential 5yr/$50m contract - that Miller subsequently turned down - is seen as a positive within baseball, writes Evan Drellich.

*With the Rule 5 draft set for tomorrow (Thursday) morning, Luhnow is gambling that Delino DeShields Jr won't be taken by another team.

*Evan Drellich writes the article about the Astros Tax that we would have written, if we had things like "Access," and "Money/Time to Fly To San Diego."

*The Astros and Kissimmee are almost a lock to break up for Spring Training.

*Could be worse, Astros fans. Nobody from the Brewers has even met with an agent or a representative from another team yet.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two bits of News

Bit 1 - and most of you will probably already know this - Grossman down, Hoes up.

Bit 2 - Carlos Correa has been diagnosed with a broken right fibula and already had it operated on.  He is gone for the rest of the season.

In many ways, I am glad that it is a bone injury - they tend to heal better than soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments and tendons.  I wonder whether what happened is (i) Correa slid into third base facing LF, sliding with his right leg bent under him (ii) then he overslid the base, and the outside of his foot caught the bag, which didn't give, meaning (iii) the full momentum of his slide bent his foot laterally (ie. the outside part of the foot upward) (iv) tearing the very bottom of the fibula away by virtue of the sudden stretching of the deltoid ligament which runs between the lowest part of the fibula and the inside of the foot.  So bending the foot up and out would have suddenly stretched this very strong ligament, so it probably tore at it's origin (where the ligament comes from).

If this is the case, then I would think that the operation is relatively simple - screw the bit of bone back onto the fibula, and allow to heal.  A small bit of bone will could take a long time to heal, but I would not think that this is a career threatening injury unless infection sets in.

The major alternative mechanism of injury involves some twisting of the ankle which could result in a spiral fracture of the fibula, but this would not have been easily apparent to the doctors, and shown up on the first x-ray.

However, note is made that (i) something weirder may have happened which means that the prognosis could be better or worse, (ii) my orthopaedics days are waaaay behind me, and this is all just speculation and (iii) the Astros front office has become famously tight-lipped about this stuff anyhow and (iv) they shouldn't be sharing health related information anyhow with this whole "patient confidentiality" thing (ie. it is none of our business).

Time will tell.

I hope Mike Bob Grossman puts it back together at OKC, and returns to the majors and tears it up.  I think time is running out for him, especially given who is on the LF depth chart right below him.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tranzactionz: Grossman's back!!

The Astros have recalled Robbie Grossman to be the everyday Left Fielder, thus ending the platoon in left in the outfield (Presley and Hoes).

Hoes seems to have been relegated to platooning against LHP's, and as such, hasn't gotten a lot of playing time recently.  The radio commentators, in particular, have noted (paraphrasing) that he had a little bit of a slow start to the year, but seems to have been hitting the ball a lot harder recently.  Hoes is currently hitting .250/.354/.475 in 48 plate appearances against lefties, and .148/.179/.148 in 29 plate appearances against righties.

Presley is going to stay up for now, but will likely slide a back in the depth chart.  He is showing a reverse platoon, hitting .179/.207/.292 in 111 plate appearances against RHP's, and .467/.467/.533 in only 15 plate appearances against LHP's (sample size warning, of course, most likely just noise).

Grossman, after an awful start to the year (.125/.236/.313 in 55 plate appearances) was demoted to Oklahoma City, where he hit .299/.373/.453 in 153 plate appearances.

This move was probably forced by Presley's poor line against righties (and lack of options), with Hoes taking the fall so the Guzman can be the primary right-handed platoon-bat on the 25-man.  Hoes will get more at-bats at AAA, and Presley, Krauss and Guzman get another month to decide who gets the boot when Singleton is ready.  Krauss, in particular, seems to be hitting the ball harder recently, Guzman may only have a month left, and Presley may be the next to be cycled back to Oklahoma City (should he clear waivers) or DFA'd.

Regardless, Bob Grossman is back, and expected to start in left in Kansas City on Monday.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opening Day Link Dump

So what if a bunch of other teams played some exhibition games that kinda-sorta counted yesterday? Opening Day starts this evening. Here are some links:

*Florence Nightingale Syndrome is when a nurse falls in love with her patient. Bob Nightengale Syndrome is when a writer falls in love with a player. Here is Bob Nightengale with some back story on How Teh Astors Should Of Drafted Jeets.

*Jerome Williams is showing Brad Peacock the ropes of coming out of the bullpen.

*L.J. Hoes will wear #28 in honor of his uncle.

*A story on the Astros' pursuit of Tanaka which really doesn't illuminate anything at all.

*Phil Garner testified on Brandon Backe's behalf in the police brutality suit against Galveston PD.

*We did a series preview with Yanks Beat Blog.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LJ Hoes laid the Twitter smack down

Deadspin has a good rundown of how LJ Hoes destroyed a girl on Twitter for making jokes about his last name. I told you to stop. Now look what you've done.

By the way, this is the greatness that is L.J. Hoes. The Astros should let him run the official Twitter account.

Friday, August 2, 2013

The New Guy Gets His 1st Hit Off the Guy He Was Traded For

In case you didn't watch the Astros' 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles last night, you missed L.J. Hoes, the only major-league ready player from the Bud Norris deal, get his first hit off the very man he traded places with at Camden Yards the night before.

I'm pretty sure that's never happened before in baseball.  Kinda cool, right?

It would have been MUCH cooler had the Astros won, but it's 2013 so that didn't happen. Jordan Lyles was solid despite giving up five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struggled with runners on, but seems to still be continuing to develop and improve his outings.

The first hit off Norris by an Astro? His former batterymate, Jason Castro.  In addition, good friend of Norris, Brett Wallace, hit a very nice homer off of Bud as did Marc Krauss. In contrast, the only extra base hit from the O's was a Chris Davis homerun off of Travis Blackley in the 7th. Yes, it was a very weird night. Do yourself a favor and go watch the game recap.