The acquisitions of Jesse Crain, Matt Albers, and Chad Qualls were supposed to improve the Astros bullpen, but we haven’t seen the huge turnaround many expected. Crain has yet to see any action this season, and Qualls has struggled with a 6.43 ERA in eight appearances. Anthony Bass is the only other Astros reliever with a sub-4.50 ERA, meaning the other Astros relievers allow at least one run for every two innings. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
“But if you take a snippet of any player at any juncture of the season you can catch a guy that goes 10-for-12 and they say this guy is the best player in the world. And you can catch a guy who goes 0-for-15 and everybody says this guy can’t hit. So it’s the full body of work. When you look at George Springer’s body of work over the course of his career, he’s a productive player.”
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on the Astros bullpen problems.
- Chris Abshire (MLB.com) with the latest Astros notes.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) April 25, 2014
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) says urgency has reached a new peak for the Rockets.
“It’s desperation time right now,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “We do not want to go down 0-3. We have to go in there with the mindset that we have to win the game. We win the game and it turns the series around. By any means, it’s not over. We expect a great crowd and another close game tomorrow night but we just have to keep battling. We’ve been in both these games, had opportunities to win these games, so we just have to go out there and leave it all out there.”
- Will Grubb (SportsRadio610) says Kevin McHale should be coaching for his job.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Rockets needing to crash boards.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
— Jerome Solomon (@JeromeSolomon) April 24, 2014
- Deepi Sidhu (Texans.com) on the Texans reunion games in 2014.
After seven seasons, two division titles, two Pro Bowl appearances, and 88 starts, Matt Schaub will square off against J.J. Watt and Houston’s defense for the first time in black and silver.
Schaub, who remains the all-time leading passer in franchise history, ended his career with Houston following a March trade with Oakland for a sixth-round draft pick. Last season, Schaub started eight games before being benched, throwing for more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (10) in the team’s 2-14 finish.
- Vinnie Iyur (Sporting News) – Steve Spurrier says the Texans need to take Clowney.
- Brian McDonald (State Of The Texans) says the Texans need to avoid Tom Savage.
- Texans tweet of the day…
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 24, 2014