Here’s your Thursday Boil!
Your Astros gained a game on the Texas Rangers, thanks to some pretty good pitching courtesy of the Los Angeles Angels. At 2 1⁄2 games back with a quarter of the season remaining, it’s entirely possible that Houston could make a run at the AL West crown. Still, it’s appearing more and more likely that they’ll complete the season in the second wildcard position.
Houston Astros News
AL West News
Mariners take on the Royals after Rodriguez’s 4-hit game (beloitdailynews.com)
Mariners, Royals set to wrap up wild four-game series (deadspin.com)
Former Miami Marlins President on A’s Owner John Fisher’s Financial Situation (si.com)
It’s a not-bad article by si.com!
Gelof’s 4 hits, Blackburn’s gem key Oakland A’s shutout over Cards (mercurynews.com)
Texas Rangers all bark, no bite in another finale loss (lonestarball.com)
4 Rangers who are playing their way out of the team’s 2024 plans (nolanwritin.com)
Let’s talk about J.P. Martinez and the Texas Rangers’ future (dallasnews.com)
The Texas Rangers set a record after beating Los Angeles (nationworldnews.com)
MLB News (mlb.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
LHP Blake Taylor (28) was 7-6 in 92 trips out of the bullpen for Houston from 2020 through 2022. After getting DFA’d at the end of July, he was released by Houston two weeks ago. He has pitched to a 3.06 ERA, a 1.387 WHIP, and 67 K’s over 79 1⁄3 innings.
Infielder Tyler Greene (40) appeared in 39 games for the 2012 Astros, hitting .246/.278/.460 with seven homers and 11 RBI.
RHP Brett Myers (43) made 102 appearances for the Astros from 2010 through 2012, including 66 starts. In 470 1⁄3 innings, he struck out 360 and pitched to a 3.77 ERA and a 1.280 WHIP.
RHP Chad Qualls (45) pitched for Houston from 2004 through 2007 then again in 2014 and 2015. In 380 relief appearances, he was 27-22 with a 3.51 ERA and 307 K’s in 384 2⁄3 innings. He also had a 1.209 WHIP for Houston, one of nine teams for whom he appeared at the major league level.
RHP John Buzhardt (1936-2008) closed out his 11-season major league career with the Astros in 1967 and 1968. He was 4-4 with a 3.09 ERA over 40 appearances, with 37 strikeouts in 84 1⁄3 innings.