Water is wet. 1+1 = 2. The Astros are bad. Those things are obvious. None of those, however, is more obvious than the Texans exercising J.J. Watt‘s 5th year option. The former Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pro will now be a member of the Texans for at least another two seasons on a pretty cheap deal. Eventually the Texans will have to lock up Watt long term and that could happen as soon as the 2015 offseason. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
Immediate big-league future: Springer’s immediate impact will be dependent upon his ability to adjust to the advanced preparation and execution of major-league arms. He will regularly face pitchers with the ability to gameplan (both on their own and with the aid of advanced reports) and execute their strategies, which is often the biggest obstacle that mechanically-based swing-and-miss bats have to deal with when adjusting to baseball at the highest level. He will without question continue to hammer mistakes, and the rate at which he brings himself up to game speed should coincide with the degree to which he can lessen, or properly account for, the holes in his swing and approach.
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) on the Astros calling up Raul Valdes.
- Ray Kuhn (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on George Springer’s expectations.
- Astros tweet of the day…
- SB Nation Staff on the Rockets road to the NBA Finals.
Houston has a really strong shot defense and foul rate. But the Rockets are mediocre on the defensive glass and — despite what we know about Patrick Beverley — force few turnovers. On offense, the Rockets are strong everywhere but in turnover rate; Houston coughs up the ball more than any other squad in the NBA. But it also draws more fouls than anyone else. Unfortunately, a large share of them are taken by Dwight.
- ESPN Staff answers five different question about the Rockets/Blazers preview.
- Jason Friedman (Rockets.com) and Victor (Rockets Social) preview the Rockets/Blazers series.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) says the Texans shouldn’t just wait around for a QB.
The worst mistake a team can make is to draft a player who can’t play.
The Texans need a quarterback. If they draft one with the No. 1 pick, and he is very good, the drafted-for-need criticism will make excellent fodder for a “remember when” column during a future Super Bowl week.
- CSN Houston (Video) spoke with D.J. Swearinger about Clowney and Crennel.
- Patrick D. Starr (StateOfTheTexans) on the Texans exercising J.J. Watt’s 5th year option.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney will visit Texans on Monday, Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 17, 2014