Here’s your Monday Boil! The Houston Astros are making headlines yet again after a stunning 24-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in their final non-intra-organizational Spring Training game. With three touchdowns and a field goal, the Astros are sure to be a team to watch this season. But that’s not all, in our research today, we’ve got the latest news, bets, and projections about the Astros and the AL West. Plus, we’ve got some Astros birthdays to celebrate!
In MLB news, Fangraphs writer David Laurila catches up with KC Royals’ Matt Duffy, who ponders his future as a front office executive after his playing career. Meanwhile, the Phillies are left picking up the pieces after Rhys Hoskins’ injury. And which player is most indispensable for each team? MLB.com ranks them all.
But let’s dive into what’s really on Astros fans’ minds. As the team wraps up Spring Training, there are still roster decisions to make, and the team has five roster spots open. Who are the candidates? The Houston Chronicle investigates. And $1.9 million is on the line as Mattress Mack runs it back with another Astros World Series bet. Will it pay off this time? Only time will tell.
Moving on to the AL West, Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert talks about the team’s momentum this season and the impact of the new rule changes. And the Texas Rangers are looking to make a playoff push, leaving Angels fans wondering if their team can compete. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are one of the most expensive teams to root for, while the Angels are among the cheapest according to KTLA.
But let’s not forget about Astros birthdays! Righty reliever Phil Maton, who pitched an immaculate inning, celebrates his 30th birthday. And Shane Reynolds, who played 11 seasons with the Astros, turns 54. Plus, former Astros utility infielder Jose Vizcaino’s incredible walk-off hit against the Braves is still celebrated by Astros fans to this day.
If you’re an Astros fan or just a baseball enthusiast, you won’t want to miss out on the latest news and updates. And as the season begins, be sure to tune up with free games on MLB.TV. Keep an eye on the Houston Astros, they may just surprise us all.