Bridges fill many special roles out in the “real” world. Some are works of art, almost too lovely to use, others are extremely utilitarian. A few bridges seem to have been built by mistake and some stand out in the distance taunting us to approach and use them.
The Astros are in a “bridging” time frame as referenced by great idea man and fellow blogger daveb — trying to survive and stretch to the better times we pray are coming. So on the Astros’ current roster (and I’m counting Matt Albers instead of Josh Zeid) what kind of bridge do the players represent?
Here is a quickie look at where I would place these players:
Bridge of Sighs
I’ve seen the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and to me it conjures up good memories and positive sighs….
The following are players who can have a big role with the team for the longer term and who could inspire us to have the same kind of good memories.
Fowler, and especially Castro, could be trade targets — but if not they should be the elder leaders of the everyday players in future years. Cosart, Oberholtzer and Fields could be the foundation for a young and strong rotation and bullpen.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The following players are ones who I see as assisting with the bridging process to the new generation of Astro but are not here for the long term.
Altuve amd Dominguez are the ones who I might be most easily wrong about. If he improves his hitting this season and becomes a more patient and better batter, Altuve could be here for the really long run. More consistent contact by Dominguez could combine with his fine glove and sporadic power to carve him a more permanent niche. Albers, Qualls and Crain are at an age and position that they could easily be a solid bridge over the next couple years and pitching elsewhere after that. Feldman is on the list because of age, but I could see the Astros trying to trade him at the deadline of his third season. Guzman strikes me as a player who will never quite become a long term foundation, especially when the youngsters start moving up from the minors.
Bridge too Far
The book and movie “A Bridge Too Far” was referring to an ambitious campaign by the Allies during WWII in which the plan could not be completed successfully taunted by one last bridge that could not be attained. It brought to mind a spring break trip where the great bridge over the Mississippi in Baton Rouge taunted us in the distance as we were hopelessly tangled in a many-mile traffic jam caused by having all of I-10 squeeze into a single lane exit on the other side of the river. But I digress.
- Chris Carter, Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock, Lucas Harrell, Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman, LJ Hoes, Kevin Chapman
All of these guys will have their good days and their bad days, but in the end they will find a long term career here to be out of their reach.
Bridge to Nowhere
In one scene in the movie “The Blues Brothers”, Jake and Elmore get their car to do an impossible back flip that distracts the neo-Nazis as they drive off the unfinished “Bridge to Nowhere”. Despite the scenes showing downtown Chicago in the background, the actual scene was filmed on a piece of freeway in Milwaukee that was in legal limbo at the time. It was probably 30 feet off the ground, not higher than the Sears Tower as in the movie – but then the one Nazi could not express his undying love to Henry Gibson if they had hit the ground 2 seconds after flying off the “bridge”. Oh well, in this case this refers to guys who are going nowhere career-wise….
I’m not saying these guys can’t play or contribute, but I could certainly see a scenario where none of them are around when 2015 rolls around.
Your turn: And don’t tell me you agree with me because I’m not sure I agree with me on this list.