Welcome to the Monday Boil!
That was one of the best and most exciting series, front to back, that I’ve seen all year. Although it would’ve been true, I wouldn’t be extolling it as much if the Astros had dropped it. As that’s neither here or there, I will say that Houston’s playoff odds are up to 67.2 percent (fangraphs) and 68.6 percent (b/r).
Houston Astros News
7 players the Houston Astros wish they didn’t give up on when they did (climbingtalshill.com)
Fair warning — this is an article that required multiple slides. I know some of you don’t like that very much.
“You Can Tell Dusty to Kiss My A*S…” (essentiallysports.com)
Jake Meyers Salary: Astros outfielder’s contract details broken down (sportskeeda.com)
Angels drop series to Houston Astros after bullpen hit leads (playcrazygame.com)
Which Astros pitchers have had 200+ strikeouts in a season? MLB Immaculate Grid answers July 17 (sportskeeda.com)
How many can you name before clicking the article? I can think of four right this second, but I know there’s probably more.
Houston Astros Rumors: Report Indicates Interest In Former MVP (MLB Trade Rumors) (wisportsheroics.com)
spoiler — it’s Cody Bellinger
AL West News
Mariners stood with JP Crawford. He’s making them look pretty smart (union-bulletin.com)
Texas Rangers host the Tampa Bay Rays on home winning streak (republicworld.com)
Rays’ Shane McClanahan to return from IL vs. Rangers (Reuters.com)
High-Profile Indorsement to Keep Athletics Team in Oakland gillettnews.com)
Athletics enter matchup with the Red Sox on losing streak (chronicleonline.com)
Angels fans slam Phil Nevin’s management after team loses vs Astros (sportskeeda.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Jason Jennings (45) pitched nine major league seasons, including the 2007 campaign with the Astros. While a part of Houston’s rotation, he was 2-9 with a 5.39 FIP and a 1.545 WHIP. He struck out 71 in 99 innings.
RHP Pete Ladd (67) made 10 relief appearances for the 1979 Astros, later catching on as part of the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. While playing for Houston, he pitched to a 2.92 ERA and struck out six in 12 1⁄3 innings.