Comment of the Day: Jamie Moyer and Starlin Castro

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Cap Anson.jpgI have the best readers on the planet.

In this morning’s recaps I made a joke about how the 47 year-old Jamie Moyer pitching to the 20 year-old Starlin Castro linked Castro directly to 19th century legend Cap Anson. I was just being silly with that, of course.

But reader Luis took it as a challenge and did the actual linking of Castro and Anson:

  • Starlin Castro played with Koyie Hill for the 2010 Chicago Cubs
    Exclude Koyie Hill
  • Koyie Hill played with Rickey Henderson for the 2003 Los Angeles
    Dodgers Exclude Rickey Henderson
  • Rickey Henderson played with Phil Niekro for the 1985 New York Yankees
    Exclude Phil Niekro
  • Phil Niekro played with Warren Spahn for the 1964 Milwaukee Braves
    Exclude Warren Spahn
  • Warren Spahn played with Tony Cuccinello for the 1942 Boston Braves
    Exclude Tony Cuccinello
  • Tony Cuccinello played with Edd Roush for the 1931 Cincinnati Reds
    Exclude Edd Roush
  • Edd Roush played with Nixey Callahan for the 1913 Chicago White Sox
    Exclude Nixey Callahan
  • Nixey Callahan played with Cap Anson for the 1897 Chicago Colts

God, I love that kind of stuff. You can do it with anyone.  I’m not quite sure who the Kevin Bacon figure is in the baseball version of this game, but I’ve always found Niekro and Hoyt Wilhelm to be insanely useful in this regard.

UPDATE:  lar reminds us in the comments that Baseball-Reference.com has an app for that.

UPDATE IIJay at Fack Youk covered this ground last year and found that (a) Warren Spahn is the real Rosetta Stone for this game; and (b) Kevin Bacon couldn’t carry Dennis Hopper’s jock when it comes to the degrees game.  Definitely check it out.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.