Mentok the Mindtaker

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  1. Giles threw 9 pitches to close out the 8th, so he could come out in the 9th. Still probably go Gregerson or Harris though.
  2. Giles was warming up when the Astros were up 3-1. Then Reddick hit a 2-run home run. Trout and Pujols were up in the top of the 8th. Situational usage for Giles.
  3. Very, very lucky. Bregman can fill in at SS and Marwin can play 3rd. Wouldn't surprise me to see them use a 10 day DL, depending on how badly it swells and how limited hand movement becomes.
  4. Hinch says that Giles will close most of the games. Says he was gonna use Giles under the presumption that they were down by a run. Openly stated that Gregerson did not take the closer role. Hinch will deploy his relievers as he sees fit and doesn't really care for an defined order.
  5. https://mobile.twitter.com/brianmctaggart/status/760591663521755137 ha.
  6. They have recently been putting Bregman at 3rd for the Hooks (AA affiliate). Bregman is "blocked" at 3rd by Valbuena/Moran, but Moran exhibits very little power and it probably won't take much for Bregman to leap him. Valbuena is a FA after the season. So, if he plays well, it looks like the plan is for Correa to remain at SS and Bregman to go to 3B (OF may be a possibility, as well). I have heard this but I am not so sure this plan is written in stone, though. Correa is a bottom tier defensive SS. Definitely not written in stone. But I think the Astros know that Correa's preference is to stick at SS, so they'll evaluate their options for the moment.
  7. They have recently been putting Bregman at 3rd for the Hooks (AA affiliate). Bregman is "blocked" at 3rd by Valbuena/Moran, but Moran exhibits very little power and it probably won't take much for Bregman to leap him. Valbuena is a FA after the season. So, if he plays well, it looks like the plan is for Correa to remain at SS and Bregman to go to 3B (OF may be a possibility, as well).
  8. Available to pinch hit, if necessary
  9. Uhhhh, there goes another one.
  10. Grand slam, Springer Dinger.
  11. Curve wasn't working and Yankees were sitting on fastballs, which were elevated.
  12. No. The appendectomy set him back and basically made it so that he missed spring training. He was sent to EST to try and get his arm in shape. He is not a fan of the tandem pitching used in the Astros system and in a recent interview, he eluded to the fact that he may have felt "entitled" to certain things. I'm not panicking yet, but if he continues to get lit up, I'll start to be concerned. The good news is that the velocity was fine and he threw mostly fastballs. Throwing mostly fastballs in Lancaster is a recipe for disaster unless you have pinpoint location.