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HOUSTON - AUGUST 03:  Pitcher Mark Melancon #54 of the Houston Astros pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park on August 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - AUGUST 03: Pitcher Mark Melancon #54 of the Houston Astros pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park on August 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Since I apparently can't even work the internet correctly lately, we're bringing you a third straight day of links. That's right, there was a post Thursday. It just...didn't...work. Sorry, TCBers.

 

Now Available: Hitter Volatility Calculator - Beyond the Box Score
Hitter Volatility is a metric still in its infancy, but now you can calculate a player's predicted Volatility with a new handy dandy calculator.

 

Picture of the Day: Jordan Lyles got his first win and first pie | HardballTalk
It took 12 starts, but 20-year-old Astros rookie Jordan Lyles finally picked up his first big-league victory yesterday. And then he got his first big-league pie to the face: ...

Brandon Allen, Strikeouts, and Definitions | FanGraphs Baseball

Since we like to analyze minor leaguers around here, think about this the next time you worry about someone's strikeout rate. You might want to worry about the walk rate more.

 

Defensive Independent Hitting, Or ShH | FanGraphs Baseball
I've read this twice and still having trouble with it. Of course, I read it at 1:30 in the morning, so I could just be tired. See if you can help me out.

Farmstros: I am Curious about Tomorrow's Transaction

Farmstros asks what we've all been kicking around once Houston sent Durango back to OKC.

 

Twitter / @jimcallisBA: #Orioles sign 8th-rder Joh ...
Uh-oh. The nephew of Rudy is playing baseball now?? Be afraid Jose Altuve. There's someone who can challenge you for the Grittiness Award lurking in the wings.

 

Ultimate Astros " Veteran Lee far from enjoying Astros’ rocky ride
Veteran Lee far from enjoying Astros’ rocky ride

 

Ultimate Astros " Martinez’s adjustments at plate pay off
Martinez’s adjustments at plate pay off

 

Ultimate Astros " Astros president Gardner will stay on with team after ownership change
Astros president Gardner will stay on with team after ownership change. That's bad news for Tal Smith with George Postolos coming in as CEO. Bad news indeed.