Last year’s top pick in the draft — pitcher Mark Appel — was sent to extended spring training today. Astros’ GM Jeff Luhnow called his early performance at Lancaster “a little unsettling”.
Yes sir, Mr. Luhnow, I think we’d all agree that there are quite a few “unsettling” things this year regarding the Astros’ organization. Here’s the short list (okay, maybe not so short):
- No TV, although that actually might be more of a blessing at this point.
- Early returns that put the team headed toward a fourth — can it really be FOURTH — straight 100-loss season.
- A full 25-man roster that is hitting below the Mendoza line as a group.
- Maybe no one’s fault, but a team that just can’t seem to stay healthy. Scott Feldman, Matt Albers, Dexter Fowler, Jason Castro et al.
- Players at AAA — and maybe even AA — that appear to be better than those on the major league roster.
- Four blown saves in 23 games. That’s basically an eight-game swing!
- A myriad (too many to list) of errors, including fielding, base running and basic baseball fundamentals.
- Four blowout losses (5+ runs) in the first 23 games.
Yes, it’s unsettling. I know I’ve covered most everything, but also certain that you can add to the list. What’s missing?