Lance McCullers will make his first appearance of the spring today. Hot take: 2018 is the year he will become the best starting pitcher on the Astros staff. Mark it down, this writer said it. Ridicule to your heart’s content. On to the boil!
Let’s start off by continuing our shiny new “Tag’s Tweets” mini segment, shall we? Go follow Brian McTaggart on Twitter, if you don’t already, by clicking this blue button:
Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel is being sent back to Houston to get his left hand examined (originally called a wrist injury). Looks like it’s more serious than first thought.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 27, 2018
1. It's February— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 27, 2018
2. We don't know extent of injury
3. Tucker isn't making the team https://t.co/OduioSBrax
Yuli Gurriel’s hand injury might be more serious than initially thought.
This is a paywall article at The Athletic (please click this link here and subscribe...it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely a really great site for baseball news in general, and the Crawfish Boils are going to be littered with pieces from the site) by former Chronicle writer Jake Kaplan. It takes a look at several aspects of Astros camp right now, today.
Pretty self-explanatory title there.
“The Rogue” struck out five more hitters in his second appearance of the spring over three innings of work and now has eight strike outs over just five innings - which is a superhuman 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings in this extremely, ridiculously tiny sample.
TCB Alumnus Tyler Stafford continues to churn out good work with the Athletic (subscription required and totally recommended - feel free to click the link and subscribe!).
The Astros players know they’re good, are flaunting it, and are unashamed...and that’s as it should be.
Around The League
Major League Baseball conducted their interview with embattled Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano today with regards to sexually-based assault allegations made by a former Twins photographer.
A piece that looks at aspects of the allegations against Texas Rangers broadcaster C.J. Nitowski. (The Athletic - paywall required and highly recommended)
Tim Lincecum, Cole Hamels, Bartolo Colon, Matt Moore...congrats to the Rangers on winning the 2009 World Series this year.
This is a really great look at Dana Parks, a woman who is making a name for herself in the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Ops department.
In a seemingly-shortsighted move that is probably going to backfire ultimately, the Major League Baseball Players Association has filed grievances against multiple teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A Pirates-centric look at the aforementioned grievance. (This is another Athletic piece behind a paywall - again, a subscription is highly suggested and can be attained by clicking on the above link).
The party is back on in Cleveland.
Another Athletic (paywall - subscription required and highly recommended) article - this one by Eno Sarris, formerly of FanGraphs.com and one of the best in the business.