Now comes a non-American League West portion of the Astros' schedule.
They can’t all be thrillers. Some games just kind of happen, coming off almost flat, and defying recent history.
With a fastball that averages only 90 mph, Luke Gregerson has long relied on heavy sinking movement to be effective.
The Astros on Sunday released Edison Frias, a 26-year-old righthander and Class AAA starter who had been with the organization for six years.
Astros prospects Jason Martin and Kyle Tucker are heating up for Class A Advanced Buies Creek.
Along with getting a chance to catch up with two of their former catchers -- Brian McCann and Evan Gattis -- the Braves will also be reintroduced to Charlie Morton when they begin a two-game series against the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
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It took 6 hours and 5 minutes, a record-setting number of strikeouts, more than 500 pitches from 15 pitchers, and a daring catch by Kyle Schwarber before the Cubs and Yankees settled matters Sunday night. Actually, it was early Monday morning when Aaron Hicks scored the game-winning run in the 18th inning, giving New York a 5-4 win and a series sweep.
Their hot start is unsustainable, but it’s a preview of seasons to come.
Sunday’s Say Hey Baseball brings you updates on a couple of star pitchers, the scoop on Edwin Encarnacion’s slow start, and an inexplicably disappointed Andrew Miller.
The pitcher was suspended for “a violation of club rules.”
So it is with comebacks. Players see them far differently than those of us on the outside. They understand that the game is hard, that sometimes the game gets the better of you, that it's about constantly adjusting and readjusting as scouting reports make their way from team to team.
With fellow starters James Paxton and Felix Hernandez recently joining Drew Smyly on the DL, Iwakuma’s health has the Mariner’s brass holding their breath.