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Tuesday Liftoff Links

While the Astros were getting rained out I was putting together some links that will keep you dry until the Astros play some baseball again.

Video

Video: Phillies, Mets fans react to bin Laden news with USA chant - The Buzz - Boston.com sports news
At the Phillies-Mets game last night, breaking news promoted a patriotic response. You've probably already heard about it, and you've probably already seen this video of the crowd at the Phillies Mets game breaking out in a U-S-A chant, but this is still a good watch. If you haven't seen it, this is how the crowd responded collectively after hearing the news about Osama Bin Laden's death.

Weirdest. Press. Conference. Ever. - Hot Corner - Baseball Nation
I'm sure you've all heard about Roger McDowell and his unfortunate words for fans. Well here's the press conference involving one of the fans, who was a little more offended than most. If you can't sit through the lawyer speak, skip to the two minute mark. You won't be disappointed.

 

Statistics 

 

Batter/Pitcher Splits Crib Sheet | FanGraphs Baseball
We're beginning to see that Brad Mills likes his lefty-righty match-ups. Here Steve Slowinski digs a little deeper into splits between both pitchers and hitters, and explains when splits begin to normalize.

Batter/Pitcher Splits Crib Sheet | FanGraphs Baseball

We're beginning to see that Brad Mills likes his lefty-righty match-ups. Here Steve Slowinski digs a little deeper into splits between both pitchers and hitters, and explains when splits begin to normalize. 

 

 

Power Rankings

 

Beyond the Boxscore Power Rankings: Week 5 - Beyond the Box Score
No the Astros aren't last but they are not far from the bottom.

 

FanGraphs Power Rankings – 5/2/11 | FanGraphs Baseball
Here the Astros are at the bottom, but that's not surprising considering it is FanGraphs after all. I would be surprised if the Astros moved out of the bottom five in FanGraphs at some point. 

 

 

 

The Farm System

 

Appy Astros: April AppyAstros Alumni of the Month
AppyAstros takes a look at the outstanding former Greenevill players in both the Astros farm system and those not in the system.