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Minors under way: I know I wasn't the only one to be glad that the minor league season is finally upon us. I was also very glad to see Subber's recaps return, as they're one of my favorite parts of the morning on TCB. Of course, being the rabid minor league fan I am, I had a few quick thoughts on last night's games.

First, here's my breakdown of Jordan Lyles' first start with Oklahoma City. It's not as bad as you might expect from just the stat line, so that's a good thing. Another pitcher who had a surprisingly good line? Mike Foltynewicz. The big teenager may have gotten hit around, but he also had an 11-1 ground ball/fly ball ratio. The strikeouts will come, but I'll take that ground ball rate every day of the week.

There was also a lot to like about Lancaster's shutout victory. My boy Jose Cisnero was very good, striking out nine with eight of those swinging strikeouts. He also only gave up one line drive all night, so it was a very nice start to the pitching season for the JetHawks.

Offensively, both Jonathan Meyer and Erik Castro did a nice job coming off disappointing campaigns. Castro missed all of last season with an injury while Meyer just didn't hit a lick all season. Meyer started at third base while Castro DHed, but Meyer was the offensive star, going 3 for 4 with two doubles. Castro was 1 for 2 with two runs scored, a double and two walks. They both lead the minor league system in wOBA at .845 right now (huge sample size, there!). Hope that fast start continues for both of them.

Comment of the Day: First up, under the category of "Most Amazing Thing That Was Said That Was Actually True"

he could’ve easily been safe anyway, good, aggressive base-running by Carlos

by Matt3511 on Apr 7, 2011 12:33 PM CDT

Next up, "Most Sarcastic Usage of Astros Marketing Slogan"

These are your Astros

Sloppy defense, sloppy pitching, OBP hating offense.

by timmy_ on Apr 7, 2011 1:06 PM CDT

Don’t forget K machines.

by allphilla on Apr 7, 2011 1:07 PM CDT

Under "Best Carlos Lee And Food-Related Putdown"

"Always Dangerous Carlos Lee"?


by allphilla on Apr 7, 2011 1:58 PM CDT

If you are standing between him and the buffet line, maybe.

by entropic soul on Apr 7, 2011 1:59 PM CDT

Finally, "Best Reaction To The Win"

And that is exactly one more win than the Red Sux.

Eat it, New Englanders.

by mike_o on Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM CDT

Comment Leaderboard: Again, we have the roll call first and then our top posters from yesterday's day game Game Thread. Way to keep those comments rolling during the games, everyone!

Roll Call: timmy_, War_damn_eagle, shipgoalie05, MadMartygan, clack, danielcp0303, vicious-peanut, Matt3511, Subber10, DaveinHouston, ol Pete, allphilla, 04'-05'-glorydays, entropic soul, linkxmalon, stanman519, mike_o, AstroB, Joe in Birmingham, BustaPozee, Nado2036, Its Gonna Happen, Dramatist, Snake Diggity, OremLK

Name # of Posts
linkxmalon 44
danielcp0303 38
Matt3511 22
War_damn_eagle 21
mike_o 20