The Astros couldn’t leave well-enough alone. While we could be talking about rookie of the year candidates, fresh young faces, a rebuilding program that finally comes to Minute Maid or how many games you plan to see, instead, other probing questions are in the forefront. And, the news.
So, while you wonder whether Oklahoma City might beat the Astros in a two-out-of-three game series in April (come on, you know you’ve thought it), let’s check out a few of those questions.
Did the Astros send George Springer to the minors as retribution for not signing that seven-year, $23 million deal?
- This could come down to “…what did the Astros tell Springer and when did they tell him…”? The fact that Springer hit only .161 and struck out one-third of his ABs this spring seems to indicate he needs more grooming. But if that poor performance came in part because he was told last fall he wouldn’t make the team out of spring training, that’s a different story. Shame on the Astros, but shame on Springer as well. If Springer had come out this spring and hit .350 with a few HRs and a dozen RBIs, his OBP would have been well north of .450 and the Astros would have had no choice but to suit him up against the Yankees on April 1.
Since Jim Crane opened up a can of worms (did he really need to do that?), we’ll go to the question we’ve avoided most of this spring.
- You can formulate this question however you wish, but how many games will the Astros win in 2014? Or how many will they lose? Or will they avoid a 100-loss season? Is it remotely possible they will reach .500? Or…from your perspective, exactly what will represent a “win” in 2014 for Houston?
Which of these players starting the season in the minors should be starting the season in Houston?
- Springer? Michael Foltynewicz? Carlos Correa? Jonathan Singleton? Domingo Santana? Max Stassi? Chia-Jen Lo? Paul Clemens? And, if you believe one of these (or others) should be in an Astros’ uniform next week, who should they replace on the roster?
And, a Monday lightning round.
- Will Bo Porter finish the 2013 season? Or will he be replaced by Tony DeFrancesco late in the year?
- Which happens first this year: Springer to the majors, a TV deal or a .500 month?
- If it happened, what would be the biggest surprise for the Astros in 2014?
- Which of these players the Astros have released or traded recently is most likely to succeed with a new team: Brett Wallace, Jordan Lyles, J.D. Martinez, Brandon Barnes?
- Believe it or not, four likely opening day starters started opening day in 2013. Can you name them?
- Happy birthday mom! 79, and still kicking!