Storylines: Astros promote Martes

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? The Houston Astros are in the midst of an historic season.  They are now plunging into their farm system to make their team even stronger, if that’s even possible.  The Astros have promoted top pitching prospect Francis Martes to the majors per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.  Martes is expected to start out of the bullpen before the team moves him into the starting rotation.  He has a underwhelming Triple-A debut so far into the season as he’s tossed a bloated 5.29 ERA across 32.1 innings of work in eight starts and has seen his walk rate spike all the way up to 7.79 and his ground ball percentage has dipped to only 39.4%.  Still starting him in the bullpen is not a idea as his blistering fastball should play well out of the bullpen and his ability to combine the fastball with some above-average offspeed pitches such as his changeup and slider, he could be a key piece in the bullpen.  His future is still as a starter but the Astros are clearly hoping to ease him into the role and not overwhelm him.  It will be interesting to see how he progresses now that he is set to get his first taste of major league action.

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? The Astros are also placing ace lefty Dallas Keuchel on the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  He already landed on the DL once with a pinched nerve but only missed the minimum amount of days but this time it appears his injury is more serious, making it likely he’ll miss more than just 10 days.  Its another reason why the Astros promoted Marte to the majors.

? MLB is looking into domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago-Sun Times.  A friend of his wife posted on instagram earlier in the week that he had physically and mentally abused her thus prompting an investigation.  MLB has been cracking down on domestic violence disputes as of late so a thorough investigation will take place before a final decision is made on Russell.

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