1) Cardinals hacker's day in court delayed
One of the looming storylines from the 2015 Astros was the Ground Control hacking case. Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa pled guilty to five counts of computer hacking and repeated access to the Astros database "Ground Control" in January.
The process of sentencing Correa saw another delay on Monday -- as reported by Robert Patrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes has pushed the hearing back to July 5. Before that, Correa will receive a brief order by May 31 that will detail federal sentencing guidelines.
The amount of time that Correa spending in prison isn't the interesting part for Astros. But what Major League Baseball does once the legal process runs its course. Will MLB step in to punish the Cardinals for the hack? We won't find out until after this part runs its course.
2) J.D. Davis is smoking
Astros' 2014 third round pick out of Cal State Fullerton, J.D. Davis is having himself a month in Double-A Corpus Christi. He is currently batting .339 (21x62) with 12 runs, seven doubles, seven home runs, and 16 RBIs in the month of May. His month was capped off with three home runs on Thursday. Here is the video of his third home run:
White Sox ace Chris Sale dominated the Astros on Thursday. He pitched his second straight complete game, holding the Astros to four hits. Sale pitched a win while striking nine and walking none.
I admit with every strikeout this went through my head:
The Astros talked with the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein about what it was like to face Sale:
Carlos Correa said:
"I knew (Avila) was sitting inside," Correa said, "but the ball went outside. (Sale) is that good. He can miss his spots and still get you out. That's what makes him special."
Jose Altuve said:
"You never know with that guy," Altuve said. "He throws everything for strikes — changeup, slider, fastball, sinker. No matter the count, the situation. Everything looks like a strike and then breaks away. I just wanted to hit the ball. You have to take a chance with him. Put the ball in play."