The Houston Astros played a disappointing game last night. They’ll play a much better one tonight.
That was a painful offensive display, wasn’t it? At least Jose Altuve collected hit number 1998 and we have the Framberizer going up tomorrow. Here’s a supersized link-dump to get you through the morning. Five for Houston, three for the others in the AL West, two each for the rest of the AL, and one each for NL team.
Houston Astros News
Astros’ Michael Brantley ‘excited’ by early results in rehab games (houstonchronicle.com)
Houston Astros: Kyle Tucker out vs. Seattle Mariners with illness (houstonchronicle.com)
Burning questions Houston Astros must answer as they approach home stretch (houston.sportsmap.com)
Astros Anaylst Geoff Blum Joins The A-Team (sportstalk790.iheart.com)
Around the AL West
Mariners provide optimistic Jarred Kelenic, J.P. Crawford updates (clutchpoints.com)
Why Scott Servais is giving Mariners a pass after some recent sloppy play (seattletimes.com)
Mariners and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe partnership expands (seattletimes.com)
Expect to see Rangers’ J.P. Martínez in center field for a while (dallasnews.com)
Who has been the most surprising Ranger this season? (audacy.com)
Around the AL (East & Central)
Cleveland Guardians split doubleheader with Detroit Tigers (beaconjournal.com)
Doubleheader Recap: Tigers and Guardians Split ‘Em (blessyouboys.com)
Twins-Pirates series reunites pals Rocco Baldelli and Derek Shelton (twincities.com)
Bobby Witt Jr. hits go-ahead homer, Royals end skid with 4-3 win vs. Cubs (columbiamissourian.com)
Tim Anderson: Chicago White Sox shortstop vows to be better (chicagotribune.com)
White Sox’ Elvis Andrus hits leadoff blast for 100th career home run (ontapsportsnet.com)
Red Sox 8, Yankees 3: It Still Means More (overthemonster.com)
Orioles enter MLB record books for avoiding series sweeps (clutchpoints.com)
Blue Jays: 3 roster moves Toronto must make ahead of playoffs stretch run (clutchpoints.com)
Around the National League
Michael Lorenzen struggles in first start after no-hitter (philliesnation.com)
Washington Nationals’ Six-Man Rotation: SB Nation Reacts poll results... (federalbaseball.com)
Cubs claim reliever Edwin Uceta off waivers from Mets (nbcsportschicago.com)
5 Quick Questions: Peter Lambert and Ty Blach (milehighsports.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
RHP Josh Fields (38) appeared 164 times for Houston in relief from 2013 through 2016. He struck out 197 in 159 innings, going 9-10 with a 1.258 WHIP and a 2.91 FIP.
RHP Woody Williams (57) closed out his 15-season MLB career at the age of 40 with Houston in 2007. In 33 appearances, including 31 starts, he was 8-15 with a 5.62 FIP and a 1.431 WHIP, He struck out 101 in 188 innings, and allowed a major league-high 35 home runs. You can tell pitching was shaky all across the majors that year, as Williams still managed to come in at 1.3 bWAR.
C Reggie Baldwin (69) played 52 games for the Astros in 1978 and 1979, hitting .241 and catching 122 2⁄3 innings behind the plate.
RHP Anthony Cruz (21) is in his second season pitching in the DSL. This year, he’s accumulated 45 K’s in 38 1⁄3 innings, pitching to a 1.226 WHIP and a 3.29 ERA.
CF Cory Sullivan (44) played in 57 games for the 2010 Astros, hitting .188 while providing 1.000 fielding at all three outfield positions.
RHP Eurys Martich (21) is still an Astros prospect, but he hasn’t played this season. In 44 innings over the past two seasons at rookie ball, he struck out 60 in 44 innings, but he also walked 80. Not looking so good for Eurys.