Astros starter Collin McHugh went into The Matrix to dodge a bullet hit by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night in Oakland. By avoiding the line drive, McHugh allowed shortstop Carlos Correa to turn a 6-3 unassisted double play, pulling the plug on any kind of rally the A’s were hoping to start.
The Astros, by the way, came into Tuesday’s contest having won nine games in a row.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.