Welcome to the Tuesday edition of your Crawfish Boil.
Houston Astros News
Top 10 reasons the Astros can repeat (chipalatta.com)
Opening Day Power Rankings: Who’s No. 1? (mlb.com)
Yeah, it’s Houston.
Smith: When will Astros stop spoiling us? Not any time soon (houstonchronicle.com)
MLB 26-and-under power rankings: No. 1 Houston Astros (foxsports.com)
When Houston Astros owner Jim Crane escaped scot-free after an investigation cleared him of ant involvement in 2017 cheating scandal (sportskeeda.com)
I’m not sure how much stock I would put in a website that has a spelling error in the actual title of the article. Still, this is an Astros-related opinion, so here you go.
AL West News
Drayer: A look at Mariners roster essentially set for opening day (sports.mynorthwest.com)
It’s Julio Rodriguez’s world. Everyone wants to be part of it (seattletimes.com)
Will these young Rangers make OD roster? (mlb.com)
The 2023 MLB Preseason Power Rankings (theringer.com)
2023 Positional Power Rankings: Bullpen (No. 1-15) (blogs.fangraphs.com)
Glenn Davis (62) played the first seven years of his 10-season MLB career with the Astros from 1984 through 1990. He made the National League All Star Team twice (in 1986 and 1989) and topped 30 homers three times in the spacious Astrodome. He hit .262/.337/.483 in 830 games with the team.
Utility player Robel García (30) hit .151 in 46 games with the 2021 Astros.
Well-traveled reliever Mark Melancon (38) played for Houston from mid-2010 through 2011. He was 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 91 2⁄3 innings, with 85 K’s and a 1.211 WHIP.
David Hensley (27) went 10-for-29 in a 16-game look with the Astros in 2022. I expect he’ll get a significant cut of time at second base with Jose Altuve’s injury woes. Look for him to get some serious playing time for Houston in 2023, and to do well enough to make it impossible to not play him.