There were three games in the Astros-Mariners series, and who would have thought the Astros would win the game that Felix Hernandez was starting? A night after scoring eight runs and losing, the Astros put up a seven-spot only to lose again. Collin McHugh allowed five earned runs in just four innings and Jerome Williams allowed another two runs. The Astros got home runs from Alex Presley and Jonathan Villar, while Chris Carter and Marc Krauss drove in two runs each in the losing effort. Earlier this season they couldn’t score any runs and only allowed a few a game, now it’s the complete opposite. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
- Mark Simon (ESPN) on Collin McHugh.
“I’ve looked at my career five years down the road and said ‘Why not me?'” McHugh said. “Why couldn’t I get to stick with someone and put down some roots? It’s refreshing to see someone like Russell Wilson get a chance and do something with it. I’ve had so much encouragement from my friends, my family, from the three organizations that gave me a chance. You just hope it breaks [right] eventually.”
- Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle) with a Scott Feldman update.
- Astros County on the Astros/Mariners #9 hitters.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Raise your hand if you thought Jonathan Villar would lead the Astros with five homers at this time. He leads all AL SS in homers.
After quickly wiping away memories of a season-gone-wrong in Los Angeles the year before, Howard made the Bayou City his home, his teammates his family.
“This place is right for me,” Howard said before training camp. “It feels right.”
It was clear that Howard meant business from Day 1. He was often the first one in the gym and the last to leave. He frequently worked with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. He worked with his young teammates, sharing his experiences from nine seasons in the NBA.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) with a great Q&A with Daryl Morey.
- Alex Kennedy (Basketball Insiders) on where the Rockets go from here.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
A rough playoff ending for current and former Rockets.
— Matt Thomas (@SportsMT) May 4, 2014
- Jarrett Bell (USA Today) on the Texans huge decision.
Lord knows, the Texans need some Johnny Football. The NFL is a passing league now, which is a reason Bill O’Brien is the new coach, and Manziel can sure sling it. He’s the most exciting quarterback in the draft, a rock star with the added value of making Bob McNair’s easy-to-ignore franchise matter on the national scene like it never has.
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on J.J. Watt-mania.
- Skip Bayless (ESPN) says the Texans have to draft Johnny Manziel.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Cushing will continue to play middle linebacker for #Texans. Not 100 percent health yet but definitely on schedule for season.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) May 4, 2014