Houston, We Have a Problem – the Astros

by on April 8, 2010   4 Comments

The Houston Astros racked up three losses to open the season faster than I had a chance to look at a boxscore and ask, “They have Geoff Blum hitting 5th?”

Sorry bout cha, Hunter Pence.  Buena suertes, Carlos Lee.  With Lance Berkman on the shelf until at least April 10th (but probably much later) after surgeons went back in to clean up his aching knee, you get a journey-man first-basemen Geoff Blum, with his career 162-game average of .250 and 12 homers, to protect your two only real power threats in Pence and Lee.

That’s not to leave out your table setters, OF Michael Bourn and 2B Kaz Matsui, who have respective career OBPs of .326 and .302 respectively.

Oh, and then there is the pitching staff….

The starter rotation goes Wandy Rodriguez, Roy Oswalt, and pray for rain.  Granted, Rodriguez is solid and I believe Oswalt to be one of the most underrated pitchers in the last ten years, this staff as a whole is miserable.  Bud Norris is a young, promising prospect, but is going to need to keep the ball in the yard better in his first full MLB year to help out – he gave up 9 long balls only 55.2 innings in his MLB debut at the end of last season.  Of course they have Brett Myers this year, an overpaid mediocre player, even at just $5 million.  The pen is a virtual who’s, who?  Except for Brandon Lyon, a rare pitch-to-contact reliever that will have a tough time playing with a career 5.8 K/9 ratio in Minute Maid.

Author: Aimee Connors
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4 Comments »

  1. I’m currently working on their prospects, and the sad thing is that the future doesn’t look much better. They have without question the worst system that I have done thus far!

    Comment by Eric Somsel
    April 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

  2. You’re telling me Ed Wade has built a terrible baseball team?!?! No way!

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  3. Poor Astros. I think it’s the curse of the center field flag pole.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  4. I got distracted and forgot to mention how brutal their farm system is – they have been ranked at or very near the bottom in their draft classes for the past five years. No help is on the way, it’s going to be a long summer in the Lone Star state.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

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