Nothing better than a day off after a new manager gets two wins under his belt and the Astros ponder their future.
Maybe, just maybe, Jim Crane was right?
- While it wasn’t an outright prediction, Crane suggested last spring the Astros could be a .500 team in 2014. At 61-79, if you factor in 12 blown saves and a few other missed opportunities, you could easily find 5-7 games the team shoulda, coulda won. Yes, those wins/losses go both ways, but the Astros have had more than their share of bad than good luck this year. Without pointing out — again — Jeff Luhnow’s hits and misses, add a full season from Matt Albers, Dexter Fowler and even George Springer (just the time he’s missed on the DL) and the Astros easily could have made up much of the difference. Even then, if they split the remaining 22 games, the team finishes 72-90, a 21-game improvement over 2013.
- Yes, it may pain you to even consider thinking that Crane was right, but the team assembled on paper in March and April could have approached .500 in 2014.
Just how good has Chris Carter been?
- In the second half of the season (43 games), Carter has hit .274/.339/.610 with 16 HRs and 42 RBI. Folks, over a full season, that projects to 60 HRs and 158 RBI. That qualifies as hot! There has been much speculation as to the immediate, quick turnaround, but little credit has been given to any specific individual or coach. With his numbers the past two years, the first-year arbitration DH should be a prime target for a multi-year contract. Maybe 3 years, $10-$12 million?
Three first-round picks…
- Okay, technically, the Astros will have two first round (both likely top ten) picks in the 2015 draft, but they’ll also have the 31st pick in the draft thanks to the Jarred Cosart trade. Florida was awarded the first slot in the Competitive Balance process, which is the first pick after the conclusion of the first round. Want to get a taste of the players who might be available with those three picks? Check here.
On the radar.
- Talk about how things change. Six months ago, few of us had heard of Colin Moran, Collin McHugh, Tony Sipp and Jake Marisnick. We thought we knew Carter, Robbie Grossman and even Matt Dominguez and Jon Singleton. My, how things change in just a short time. What other players weren’t on your radar in March or what other players have you changed your mind on since the spring?
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