June was an up and down month for an Astro team dealing with a bunch of overlapping injuries. They started off at 10-3, then lost 7 in a row to fall to 10-10 before rallying to finish the month at 15-12. Unlike many previous months, Continue reading
The baseball season is a marathon and the team is currently right around the 13-mile watering station. We’ve learned a lot about our team and the coaching staff and front office along the way. The team came out of the gate slow, then went on a tear, then continued to play well through injuries and then seemingly had the injuries catch up with them.
With apologies to Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and in-house parody songwriter Mr. Bill …..
Baseball organizations normally have some kind of philosophy they follow in building their teams. Some lean heavily on internal development. Some lean heavily on trades. Some lean heavily on going the free agent route to bring in key pieces.
In 2019, MLB teams will be facing a single trade deadline at the end of July. The waiver trade deadline at the end of August is gone, so if a team wants to make their version of a Justin Verlander championship building trade, they better have their ducks in a row by 4 PM eastern time on July 31.
The Astros and Yankees have a lot in common this season. They are both performing at high levels, and both leading their respective divisions after more than 40% of the season is gone (though the Yanks have the Rays breathing down their necks, while the Rangers are just breathing 9.5 games back of the ‘Stros).
There are certainly major reasons to not worry about the 2019 Astros.