The MLB draft doesn’t quite have the star power of its brethren in the NFL or NBA, but baseball’s annual restocking of domestic amateur talent has grown in recent years from a mere conference call over a decade ago now into a three-day event with coverage both on television and online.
The first 75 selections of the draft will take place on Monday, with the first two rounds plus a pair of competitive balance rounds after both Rounds 1 and 2.
It’s not as if the Astros have been facing scrubs, either. The Rangers have gone 1-6 against Houston, and are .500 against the rest of the league. Similarly, the Angels might be two games under .500, but they can thank going 2-5 against Houston for part of that. More convincing is Houston plowing through the first-place Yankees and Twins while helping push the Orioles down in the AL East race in the last few weeks. Houston is making an impact, and not just in the west.
June might be a relatively soft month for them, too. They have to face the now second-place Red Sox mid-month, but otherwise, they get to look forward to helping after helping of AL West competition, along with a series against the struggling Royals. Baseball is cruel, but as things stand, Houston has the chance to extend their lead over the rest of the league even further.
A few of us have been granted 10 minutes each to talk Syndergaard. He looks less bored as he shakes my hand and tells me that, no, he didn’t put Cholula in the coffee he’s drinking.
Let’s get this out of the way: The shoulder recovery is going well. Syndergaard has good doctors. He misses playing baseball, he loves his fans, yadda, yadda, yadda.
From now on, we are only going to talk about Serious Hot Sauce Issues, because this is a Serious Hot Sauce brunch. And the first Hot Sauce answer I want is: Why is Noah Syndergaard sponsored by hot sauce?