Hey, football season is getting close! How ’bout those Tigers? Or them Texans?! Wait, that’s an Astros’ logo on top of this entry. Wonder if the Astros could trade the rest of the season for cash considerations? Or maybe just a couple of series.
Seriously, there are only a few people who thought that the Astros might lose 110+ games, but I’m beginning to think that’s exactly where the team is headed. After 120 games, the Astros have a seven-game lead on Miami and the White Sox in the race to claim the #1 pick in 2014. Guess we’ll need to start factoring the “magic” number.
Meanwhile, here are some other thoughts as the Astros head into the weekend in Anaheim. Could Bo Porter leave after one year to return to Washington and Mike Scioscia become the next Astros’ manager? Oh, nevermind.
Jarred Cosart for Rookie of the Year.
- Okay, there probably aren’t enough games and innings left in the season. Still, this guy just keeps churning out shutout innings and the best pitching gems of an otherwise dismal season. Cosart is easily the brightest spot and freshest breath of air this year. Rookie of the Year? With 42 games left in the season, he’s likely to get another 7-8 starts, probably 40-50 innings. It would put him shy of 100 IP for the MLB season, but if he continues to pitch at his current level, it will at least generate some conversation in a AL ROY race that so far has been ho-hum.
The Erik Bedard conundrum.
- Got to admit, it’s a little surprising that Bedard wasn’t traded at the deadline. Even more surprising, he apparently slipped through waivers this month, even though he would have cost a team a few hundred thousand. While he’s been up and down, Bedard has provided some quality innings for the Astros. You’d think a playoff contender looking to patch up a rotation or bullpen would have kicked the tires or taken a flyer. Is he really all that bad? Since no one else is interested, would you spend $1 million to bring Bedard back in 2014?
Let’s go to the videotape!
- No more blown calls, right? Don’t count on it, but the expanded replay system in 2014 could certainly change the game. Television — more specifically the slow motion video replays — have changed the way we all look at the game. There are many calls we see that, without the slide-by-slide-by-slide, no one would know the difference. It’s left a sour taste in most people’s mouths about even the best umpires. Now, a close play that previously could have gone either way may now go the other way. And change the game. I’m on the fence with this one and have lots of questions, but not sure it’s the best thing. Then, I think about Armando Galarraga. More next week, but I’m sure you have some thoughts on more replay.
The merry go round continues.
- The Astros have used 46 players in 2013 and seem to be a cinch to break the team record of 50. Believe it or not, only seven players have stayed in Houston all season: Bedard, Lucas Harrell, Jose Altuve, Matt Dominguez, Chris Carter, Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan. The rest have been part of an unprecedented revolving door between Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City and Houston. Bet you can’t even remember the starting rotation out of spring training. I couldn’t, had to look it up, and was still surprised.
And then, there’s Nate Freiman.
- You can fill in the blanks after the 4-for-4 day against the Astros Thursday.