If you follow Astros pitchers and beat writers on Twitter, you will know that most young Astros pitchers have been either at Minute Maid Park or in their hometown gym working out throughout the offseason. Many young Astros pitchers are trying to make the jump to a full season at the major-league level and that requires working out in the offseason to be ready for the grueling schedule. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the Astros young arms.
Playing close to 162 major league games in 183 days is a physical demand for which no one can quite prepare. That’s not meant to be trite – there’s just nowhere else to get that much action given that minor league seasons run one month shorter.
- Ray Kuhn (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on Josh Zeid.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) profiles Chia-Jen Lo and Marc Krauss.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— House Of Houston (@HouseOfHouston) December 29, 2013
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on Harden’s role when missing games.
Harden didn’t get much rest as he scored 21 points in 40 minutes in a 107-98 win over New Orleans on Saturday night at Toyota Center, only to travel to Oklahoma City for a Sunday night game, the team’s eighth in 12 days.
- John Eby (Red94) on Dwight Howard’s season so far.
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) on the Rockets loss to the Thunder.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
In case you are just now making your transition to #Rockets basketball; I can tell you this, welcome to relevancy.
— Hiren Joshi (@htown747) December 29, 2013
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on Matt Schaub’s interception-filled season.
With his team down 16-10 to the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South matchup Sunday at LP Field, Schaub took the field with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter. A 14th consecutive defeat, a tied record for the worst year-to-year slide in league history and the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft were on the line. Schaub wrapped them all up with one pass. His low-sailing, midfield attempt to wide receiver Keshwan Martin ended up in the hands of Titans free safety Michael Griffin. The Texans were done and their cruel, lost year was at last complete.
- John McClain (Houston Chronicle) says Ken Whistenhunt will interview for Texans HC job.
- Randy Harvey (Houston Chronicle) says the Texans will look very different in 2014.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Texans R first team N NFL history to start 2-0 and finish 2-14. They tied 1994 Oilers (12-4 to 2-14) for biggest 1-season plunge N history. — John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 29, 2013