MMQB: Depth, Feldman and lightning round
It’s been only one week — and not even a full week at that — but there have been several Astros’ highlights and lowlights. Here are a few Monday Morning Quarterback observations as week two gets underway.
Pitching and defense.
- The Astros are competing because of pitching and defense. Only one error in six games and the pitching has been either exceptional or above average, Lucas Harrell and Jerome Williams notwithstanding.
Depth isn’t deep at all.
- Five different lineups in six games have revealed what many of us already knew: Depth at the major league level isn’t very deep at all. Two of the Astros’ best hitters — Jason Castro and Dexter Fowler — have missed multiple games due to injury or illness, forcing manager Bo Porter to scramble and juggle the top half of his batting order. The Astros actually have depth though. Only problem: That depth is incubating at Oklahoma City. Still, the first-week problems demonstrate just how fragile the lineup can be for 2014.
The Luhnow Makeover.
- He’s still in the honeymoon, but the team is growing more “Luhnow’ every day. Seventeen of the 25 players on the roster have been acquired during the past two seasons.
How ’bout that Scott Feldman.
- He’ll need another 15-2o starts to talk Cy Young, but Feldman should be at the top of the list for AL Pitcher of the Week. Five hits and one earned run over 13.2 IP will do that, you know.
Let the debate begin. Okay, let it continue.
- Now that Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt have officially retired, it’s time to hang their numbers next to Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Sorry, can’t use the argument that the Astros have retired too many numbers just to keep two of the best to wear a Houston uniform from being honored.
And some start-of-the-second-week lightning round. Add your thoughts to mine:
- Biggest surprise: Pitching, with exceptions mentioned earlier.
- Biggest disappointment: Slow starts (albeit four games) for George Springer and Jon Singleton. Each has more Ks than hits.
- Scary stat: Has to be that .200 team batting average.
- All eyes are on: Matt Dominguez. Two hits — both HRs — to go with six Ks in 18 ABs.
- Meanwhile, I noticed: Carlos Correa and Danry Vasquez are out of the chute quickly at Lancaster.