One of the surprises of the 2019 Free Agency crop in Major League baseball is that Charlie Morton is available. The Astros did not sign him before he hit free agency and they did not extend him a qualifying offer.
Why does that matter to the Red Sox? Because Nathan Eovaldi is suddenly starting to attract attention in the market. A quick google search will show the Yankees’ interest. And shockingly, curve ball enthusiast Lance McCullers is going to miss the 2019 season for the Astros due to Tommy John Surgery. According to many, this puts Eovaldi on the Astros list.
Let’s take a minute to appreciate Rick Porcello from the ho hum, nothing to see here, game 3 of the ALCS in Houston. He comes in to start the fourth inning and proceeds to give up a pesky pole special, 326 foot homer to Mookie’ Betts’ best pal, and number 9 hitter, Tony Kemp. Tony Kemp. What a gnat. If the script was flipped and Houston wins in 5 it might’ve been him instead of our beloved JBJ being the ALCS MVP. Then he faces the daunting top of the Astros lineup.
Just imagine: The roof is closed on Minute Maid park, the smell of leather and the Jackson Street BBQ and Taco Trio in the air, the awesome noise of the Houston fans pounding on his amygdala. It’s Alex Bregman up to bat looking to atone for inciting the Sox with his Instagram post before game 3.