The Astros announced their starting rotation for the opening series against the New York Yankees. Scott Feldman will pitch Opening Day followed by Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer. There are four pitchers fighting for the last two spots. I expect Brad Peacock and Dallas Keuchel to earn the final two spots, though Lucas Harrell is making a case to steal a slot. Jerome Williams will likely be sent to the bullpen. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) on Lucas Harrell trying to earn a spot in the rotation.
“As a person that is a competitor, I want to go out and pitch well every time (regardless if) you know you have a job or you know you don’t have a job,” he said. “I think this time and the next time out I definitely need to throw well to give myself a chance to make the team.”
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on the Astros naming their opening series rotation.
- Jared Webb (AstrosTurf) on the Astros looking for some bargains.
- Astros tweet of the day…
The Astros are just trying to effectively rule the news cycle on the first day of March Madness. So far, so good.
— Mr. Crawfish (@CrawfishBoxes) March 20, 2014
A lot can happen over the next few months, but a roadmap attempting today to figure out how Houston can sign Anthony this summer won’t hurt anybody, will it? So many freaking things needs to go one way in order for this to actually happen, but these are the three easiest to write about.
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on Jeremy Lin being able to relate to Donatas Motiejunas‘ situation.
- Josh Reese (Video) of Kevin McHale playing ball.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Rockets shot 58.2% vs Utah on Mon. & 57.6% vs MIN tonite; It’s the 1st time since Feb. 1993 HOU shoots 57.6% or better in consecutive games.
— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) March 21, 2014
- Sean Pendergast (Houston Press) wonders what Rick Smith is still doing around.
“Because we think he’s done a good job,” a somehow straight faced McNair said of Smith. “We evaluate everybody. That was not a partnership between Rick and Gary; they were each one doing their job and working hard at it. We thought from a personnel standpoint, looking at what other clubs have done and what have you, we think Rick’s done a fine job.”
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on the Texans still being ranked 32nd.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on whether the Texans can afford to let a QB develop.
- Texans tweet of the day…
With Fitzpatrick signing with the Texans, I guess we can finally stop the “Schaub may be coming back!” fear mongering, right?
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) March 21, 2014