Good Morning Hill Climbers! It’s a day off for the Astros as they return home from the West Coast. Here are a few stories from around the web to help pass the time and keep you up to date on the ‘Stros.
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The Indians will be without the services of former Astro Michael Bourn when they open a 3-game series in Houston on Friday. Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list and the Tribe recalled right-hander Corey Kluber.
"Kluber is a starter, but he could have been promoted to offer some protection to the bullpen, which pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 7-2 loss to Boston. The Indians also need a starter Saturday in Houston."
"The screen struck him in the head and Murphy dropped to his knees and in pain. Murphy looked to have injured his left leg and was carried off the field by Bo Porter and Eduardo Perez."
"We have a resilient group and we will continue to battle to the end. I don’t believe in moral victories; you either win or lose. But at the same time I liked that we kept fighting."
"Cosart just simply cannot control his pitches. And it all relates back to his mechanics. Inverted W aside, its the high velocity scapular load which activates the stretch-reflex loop that massively accelerates his shoulder complex (which includes his upper arm) forward, which then causes extreme external rotation of the shoulder and activates the stretch-reflex again of the internal rotators. That adds up to a very fast and jerking arm and he cannot control his arm slot nor his release point."
"Traditionally, starting pitcher, catcher and pitching coach meet before each contest to discuss how they want to attack opposing hitters. Now, Perez said, that meeting includes two starting pitchers, so he has to get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of both."