May 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (31) pitches during the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Astros Weekend Links

In today’s links we look at the majors, minors, past, and present. Enjoy.

 

Tag’s Lines

You look at the early woes we had in our bullpen, we didn’t have too many guys who were throwing the ball well. I think this last stretch in which we got going, things are starting to come together and Chad has thrown the ball extremely well.

 

What the Heck, Bobby?

Tony Kemp went 4-6 with a double, 3 runs scored, and 2 steals (15). He’s got 8 multi-hit games in his last 10 contests. Correa, Rio Ruiz, and Jordan Scott all scored 2 runs apiece. Hernandez (11) and Correa (7) also had a stolen base to their name.

 

Houston Chronicle

“McHugh …, we had asked for him in a trade with the New York Mets, and he was traded to Colorado,” Luhnow said. “And I believe there was even one discussion with Colorado where we talked about him.”

 

Astros Daily

His feat of Friday night showed one thing. You can take a bunch of .200 hitters and beat a bunch of .300 hitters, including the league-leading batsman, Wes Covington, hitting .360 before his last batting appearance, and beat them, if you have good pitching. Nottebart saw to that.

 

The Crawfish Boxes

The bullpen, while derided nearly universally this season, has been better than expected this month. They’re missing bats and getting plenty of bad swings. A few bad outings may color the stats, but overall, the bullpen has been better than its reputation.

 

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