It may not be in vogue just yet, but following the Astros is certainly becoming fun for the handful of people paying attention.
And, by and large, it’s the younger generation is making the difference as the Astros try to turn a corner in May. George Springer, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh — just to name a few — are the spark plugs a team that suddenly seems to be coming to life.
Yes, though the Astros are taking strides forward, much of the future of the organization is still one or two levels below the major league club. So what would a two-of-three or three-out-of-five series look like between the club and some of the future?
Here’s a comparative lineup. Yes, I cheated just a bit and added George Springer to the team of the future. Who wins the series?
|Jon Singleton||1B||Marc Krauss|
|Anthony Kemp||2B||Jose Altuve|
|Carlos Correa||SS||Jonathan Villar|
|Enrique Hernandez||3B||Matt Dominguez|
|Austin Wates||OF||Robbie Grossman|
|Domingo Santana||OF||Dexter Fowler|
|George Springer||OF||Alex Presley|
|Max Stassi||C||Jason Castro|
|Preston Tucker||DH||Chris Carter|
|Michael Foltynewicz||SP||Scott eldman|
|Nick Tropeano||SP||Jarred Cosart|
|Thomas Shirley||SP||Dallas Keuchel|
- Obviously putting quite a bit of stock in Springer’s short run, but does he have a shot at rookie of the year? With odds-on leader Jose Abreu on the DL until next week, Springer could move closer if he continues his hot streak.
- Apparently the sabermetric statisticians earned their money with Collin McHugh. According to Ken Rosenthal: “Luhnow said that while the Astros’ scouts projected McHugh as little more than a long man in the majors, their statistical analysts liked McHugh’s performance in the minors with the Mets in 2011 and ’12.”
- You’ll get a chance to watch some of the best college talent in the country this weekend. LSU pitcher Aaron Nola could be one to keep an eye on, but Carlos Rodon’s NC State team has played its final game in 2014. Oh, and don’t forget those Ragin’ Cajuns, ranked #1 in every collegiate poll this week.
- Three Astros’ starters with an ERA at 3.02 or under? When is the last time that happened? In fact, ERAs in the 5+ range have been normal in recent years, but Scott Feldman (3.02), Dallas Keuchel (2.55) and McHugh (2.80) have the Astros pushing .500 for the month of May.
- And, in case you were wondering, the last time the Astros had a .500 month was September 2010. The team is 12-13 this month.