The patient has been in critical condition long enough. It’s high time to add “stable” to the diagnosis and “improving” to the prognosis.
Now that the trade deadline has passed, Bo Porter should set his lineup and his rotation. And be done with it.
Make up your mind on Lucas Harrell. What the heck are your plans for Dallas Keuchel? You know what you have in Erik Bedard, so make the best of it.
A quality team thrives on consistency, cohesiveness and, yes, stability, in the day-to-day routine. Lack of the same makes a bad team even worse. It’s one reason Jeff Luhnow likely gave Brad Mills every opportunity as manager in hopes he would provide some continuity in a tough rebuilding situation.
It’s the very reason that Tony DeFrancesco succeeded down the stretch in 2012. And it’s darn good reason for Porter to take note and provide stability for the next eight weeks.
Unfortunately, Porter acts as though he’s managing for his job. Hopefully, that isn’t the case as it would signal desperation on the part of the Astros. Unless there’s something immoral, unethical or downright illegal, the Astros should give Porter his space through next season.
This isn’t a “vote of confidence” for Porter, but Luhnow’s less-than-year-old choice should have 2-3 years to make something happen.
The next step should be stability.