After an almost unprecedented two-days-off-in-one-week, a roster move, more DL news our band of still-struggling major leaguers tries to get its act together this weekend facing one of the few teams it has a winning records against.
With the first full month behind the Astros and now looking the June draft square in the face, it’s getting close to the halfway point in Jeff Luhnow’s five-year plan. In other words, over the next few months, Astros’ fans should expect to see a trend of improvement, upward trends and new players.
On our Free Blog Weekend, I’ll begin with a few conversation starters. Feel free to add in your own subjects, chase rabbits, discuss red herrings, open up new conversations or wander off on a tangent. It’s a Free Blog Weekend!
- So much for Jonathan Singleton being ready for the majors. He’s 5-for-32 (.152) in his last 10 games. Could he be bored? Or does he just need more grooming and learn to adjust as pitchers learn his weaknesses? Would he and George Springer benefit by hitting in the same lineup? Either OKC or Houston?
- Many fans had given up on Jonathan Villar in spring training. However, he’s held his own with the glove for the most part and is hitting .241, though he has more Ks (27) than hits (20). There are others who are doing much worse, though. Which players have you given up on? Which players should the Astros give up on and send packing a la Lucas Harrell. Indeed, it could time for that proverbial change of scenery for Marc Krauss or L.J. Hoes. Count me as one who still believe in Brett Oberholtzer and Josh Fields, at least in the long term.
- Why not get on the prediction bandwagon? Is Collin McHugh a flash in the pan? Or the real deal? Or will he land somewhere in between as a serviceable major league pitcher, but not a huge star?
- At the risk of raising the ire of some, who would you say the Astros’ MVP has been through the first 28 games? Best pitcher?
- After a strong start, Houston’s minor league teams have settled into a so-so season. Oklahoma City is 15-13, Corpus Christi (14-13) is third in the Texas League South, Lancaster is 16-13 and Quad Cities is 12-15 with its much ballyhooed roster.
- Chris Johnson has signed a long-term deal with the Braves that will buy out his last two years of arbitration and at least one year of free agency. It would be nice to have his bat back in Houston, but this may be a question of the team concept. If Johnson were in Houston, would he still be as successful as he has been in Atlanta? Raises the same question about players like Dexter Fowler, Jose Altuve or even younger players like Matt Dominguez, Villar or Springer.
Enjoy your weekend!