Movers, Shakers, Rice Krispies Treat Bakers

I got word out of Round Rock this morning that Chris Johnson was moved to the Disabled List retroactive to April 14, but is “doing fine.”

J.R. Towles
left last night’s game with a “very minor head injury” and shouldn’t miss any more time.

In other news, the Phillies organization hired David Newhan as a player-coach at the Triple-A level.  You don’t see a lot of player-coaches these days, so that’s kind of neat.  Good for him; it’s too bad Cecil Cooper is crazy and wouldn’t give him a chance.  Best of luck, David!

Thomas “Tip” Fairchild
signed on with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.  They play some high-quality ball there, and are always being scouted, so if he does well there’s a chance he may end up back in the majors.

That’s it for now, except to say that Mark Mulder’s agent, Gregg Clifton, said this morning that “six, seven, or eight teams” are looking at the free agent pitcher.  That’s agent-speak, of course, for “The Dodgers are going to sign him.”

Slam of the Night

At around the seventh inning last night, I Tweeted: “You know what’s sad is that, if we win this, I don’t even know what to blog about. Complete lack of snarkiness right now.”

Our good friend Susan, over at Astros Fan in Exile, snapped back: “it is hard to fathom that you might not have anything to blog about!”

Ouch (but true.)

Leverage

The big winners in WPA (Win Probability Added) last night are:

  1. Miguel Tejada.214; You know, if he keeps this up and proves me wrong, I’ll be so ridiculously happy.  His current pace is unsustainable, but if he’s learned how to be a contact hitter, I will be thrilled.
  2. Carlos Lee.207; 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run, with absolutely no defensive opportunities.  That is a perfect scenario for Lee.
  3. LaTroy Hawkins.077; I wish he could have done this in the Cubs series, rather than proving all of the Lovable Losers right, but I’ll take it now.

Play Green

I want one of those green Astros Earth Day hats.  I really do.  I have no idea why, but I think they’re super sharp.

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4 comments

  1. renaudtn

    Like I said yesterday, although I’m not a huge fan of Newhan, it’s hard not to think about him when looking at Smith’s numbers…I didn’t know players could also coach in minor league. Well, good for him; I don’t like the way the team handled Newhan this ST. That wasn’t right.

  2. roundrock15

    Yeah, whether or not he could have earned the spot is almost irrelevant. Cooper didn’t even give him a chance to fail at the shortstop position, and wrote him off because he’d never played it. The most puzzling part of that is that anyone who knows anything about Kazuo Matsui knows he’s going to miss more time than Miguel Tejada, even if you say you’re going to rest Miggy more. Miguel hasn’t had a day off yet, and Kazuo has already had four of them.

    http://houston.mlblogs.com

  3. roundrock15

    Erm… I said Fairchild might end up *back* in the majors. Obviously, he’s never been in the majors; I meant back in the MLB mix. As in the non-independent leagues… as in… is there a name for the whole collection of MLB and MiLB teams?

    http://houston.mlblogs.com

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