Thank you Mr. Cosart, it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again!


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It’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again!

You can circle the date July 12 on your calendar. Talk about tipping points. This may well be the moment in time we can all point to in 2015 when the Astros’ turnaround began. The time when the organization began to emerge from the deep abyss of the longest dark ages in the team’s history.

Jordan Cosart has provided hope.  Hope that perhaps no other player has provided in a decade. Meanwhile, Ed Wade must be cringing at making that Hunter Pence trade back in 2011, especially since his employer is the Phillies.

Yes, it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again.

Jonathan Singleton, Asher Wojciechowski, George Springer are close to their debuts. Carlos Correa, Mark Appel and Mike Foltynewicz and others are possibly coming in another year or two.

Can’t remember the last time a long-awaited Astros’ prospect has been met with this type of celebration. Was it Roy Oswalt? Hunter Pence? Lance Berkman?

No doubt, Jarred Cosart has made it fun to be an Astros’ fan again!

Will his debut expedite the promotions of other prospects? Not necessarily, although it’s going to be difficult for Jeff Luhnow to keep Springer in Oklahoma City until September if he keeps hitting .400.

But here’s one thought — and it has nothing to do with starting the clock. But perhaps it can be considered trite. If the Astros let him have that gargantuan year in the minors — 30/30 year with 100 RBI and make a run at 100 runs scored — they could also minimize his number of major league at bats. What does that do? Think Rookie of the Year 2014.

And, now, Luhnow takes another step in the reconstruction project with the extension of Jose Altuve. You can say the dominos are beginning to fall — in the right way — for the Astros.

Have I mentioned that it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again?!

See ya Bud! What was that complaint Lucas? Sorry, those attitudes and opinions will be lost in the turnaround.

It’s a new day, and it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again.

  • Cosart will be back in a couple of weeks. How many starts and wins do you predict for 2013?
  • Who’s next to be promoted? Springer, Wojciechowski or Singleton?
  • Getting closer to the deadline, which players will be wearing other uniforms come August 1? Norris, Bedard, Harrell, Veras, others?
  • The entire rotation could go topsy-turvy in the next two weeks. Here’s a guess at the rotation in September: Lyles, Cosart, Keuchel, Wojciechowski, someone acquired in a trade. Your guess?
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19 comments on “Thank you Mr. Cosart, it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again!

  1. Cosart did great and congrats to Altuve – and the Astros. There will be bumps in the road, but lets hope there is a turnover of at least 10-15 by ST 2014 – caused by the prospects maturing in a hurry. I would be in favor of Luhnow doing 2 or 1, or 3 for 2 trades just to open space on the 25 man roster.

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    • Yes, Brian. I’m sure the reporting is incorrect since it’s also a well-known fact that Crane is not committed financially. Definitely two great, back-to-back days for the Astros. Indeed, it’s fun to be an Astros’ fan again!

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  2. Well the cynics will say that he only signed Altuve because he will not be paying off the rest of Wandy’s contract next year like he did this year…
    Hey, we have had little signs here and there this year of youth being served – like good stretches from Jordan Lyles, but this is one of those big deals. Probably the closest to this kind of debut is when JR Richard stuck out (I think it was 15) in his first start. Though it helped that none of the hitters thought that JR knew where any of those 98 mph fastballs and 93 mph sliders were headed.
    The funny thing is that these players are just names when they come up from the minors – we’ve heard of them, but very few have seen them perform. It is exciting to put a face to a name and to see the young man perform so well. I’m betting there are some angry Phillie fans today…

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    • Fifteen Ks indeed. Among the victims in J.R.’s first start: Willie Mays (3), Bobby Bonds (2), future Astros’ manager Hal Lanier (1) and All Star catcher Dick Dietz (3). It was also the second game of a double header. In the first Jack Billingham struck out 11 in a shutout. Just a couple of little factoids.

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      • Thanks for the trivia / memories Chip. I just remember that early in his career batters were scared to death of him. It is sad that his stroke struck him down when he had become the most dominant pitcher in the league.

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  3. OK, I’m softening on Crane and kudos to Porter. He managed a good game last night.
    Yes, it’s fun to be an Astros fan today. Maybe it’ll be mostly uphill from here.

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  4. Sandy……no opinion on Crane, but Bo Porter’s moves lately………..
    are making me dislike him. I don’t think I’m alone. Becky

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  5. Becky, the only thing I have against Crane is the TV deal. Porter, on the other hand, I thought managed a good game Friday, but he’s back to his old tricks of making moves for no reason.
    He keeps on making bonehead moves thinking there will be a different outcome.
    I realize he doesn’t have anything to work with, but I’d like to see him let some of these pitchers work out ofva jam.
    And what’s with leading off with Pena?

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  6. Cosart was impressive and hopefully that was a taste of things to come (soon) from the first wave of minor league reinforcements. We still need thunder in the lineup, but there are enough arms getting close to the majors that a solid rotation seems not far away. Hopefully they are coached to be mature enough to take the inevitable 2-1, 1-0 and 3-2 losses in stride and continue to focus on the art of pitching. I see 2014 as being competitive and 2015 as the first year to challenge in quite some time.

    On a side note, today’s Chron headline should read NOSE CUT, FACE SPITED.

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    • Howdy Guillermo! 🙂
      It is funny – at the beginning of the year we thought help on the everyday side was closer than pitching. Now with Lyles, Cosart and Cisnero up and perhaps Wolty coming – the young pitching may have the upper hand.

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      • As much as I like Altuve, the hustling kid who plays the game with a certain joy, it remains to be seen if this contract extension was a wise move. Certainly, it’s an encouraging sign from an organization with no track record of spending at the ML level. And we should remember that Altuve is still just 23. But, his stats are mediocre at best. He is hitting a vey soft .282. His OPS of .672 is not enough. His defensive range is below average. He has regressed from 2012. He’s simply got to get more selective at the plate. Otherwise, his easily replaceable, entry level 0.3 WAR will be much the same four years down the road when he’s getting 3 million plus a year. I think Jake Elmore could provide an 0.3 WAR at second.

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  7. So some of the fun disappeared yesterday. Though Wallace launched another dinger- no offense past the 1st inning. Where is George Springer?

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  8. Not a very spirited debut for the new relief pitcher, Lucas Harrell. 47 pitches, only 22 strikes. Tagged with a loss. Pena batting leadoff. He is hitting .215. He is now officially taking at bats away from Carter since Wallace and Krauss are getting their looks. How long does Pena stay? Can we even move him for a bag of peanuts?

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    • The sad fact is that of the regulars only Castro at .331 and Carter at .326 best Pena’s .325 OBP which is really the only important stat for a leadoff guy. Altuve’s OBP is only .315 and from there no one is above .300. Where Pena is really deficient as a leadoff hitter is his lack of speed but when there are so few hits coming behind him does that really matter much?

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    • Pena stays. He’s one of the biggest supporters of Porter. Bo needs Pena in his corner, and keep the young ones from getting to “uppity”. If you know what I mean.
      I have a feeling Bo Porter is wearing a tad thin, with this team. Becky

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  9. As much as I like Altuve, the hustling kid who plays the game with a certain joy, it remains to be seen if this contract extension was a wise move. Certainly, it’s an encouraging sign from an organization with no track record of spending at the ML level. And we should remember that Altuve is still just 23. But, his stats are mediocre at best. He is hitting a vey soft .282. His OPS of .672 is not enough. His defensive range is below average. He has regressed from 2012. He’s simply got to get more selective at the plate. Otherwise, his easily replaceable, entry level 0.3 WAR will be much the same four years down the road when he’s getting 3 million plus a year. I think Jake Elmore could provide an 0.3 WAR at second.

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