2015 is here. Only 186 days ago, the Astros had named their newest manager, Jon Singleton and Jonathan Villar were still starters, Houston was wrapping up a 19-game improvement over 2013, and — unbeknownst to most — Jeff Luhnow was dusting off The Plan and breaking out some pencils to make a few adjustments.
Now, with one huge game under its belt, Houston has put a indelible stamp on the beginning of a new year and perhaps new era with a 2-0 shutout in the season opener. Most everything went right, except the plan worked backward. It was pitching and defense — and not the big boppers — that left the mark. It was a small-ball approach more reminiscent of those ’86 Astros than of the home run-heavy team fans had been prepared for.
What’s ahead after the Astros wined and dined fans and a national audience with that candle lit dinner with the moon roof open? Chip, Dan and Brian are here with some basic predictions on this off day. Feel free to jump in as there is only one rule today: If you take issue with any of their predictions, you must put your own predictions forward.
Enjoy…your Houston Astros are in first place!
|Astros wins in ’15||85||84||84|
|AL West Winner||Seattle||Oakland||Los Anaheim|
|Most Wins/pitcher||15/Keuchel||16/McHugh||15/ Keuchel, McHugh|
|Most HRs||Springer||Springer 42||Springer|
|Most RBI||Carter||Springer 93||Springer|
|Altuve over/under BA||.334||.330||.331|
|# players with 150+ Ks||5||4||4 (Rasmus is injured)|
|# players with 25 HRs||3||3||3|
|Most likely to be traded at deadline||Oberholtzer||Feldman||Rasmus (if not injured)|
|Most likely to bomb by deadline||Rasmus||Hernandez||Hernandez|
|Best Astros’ Rookie||Wojciechowski||Wojo||Wojo|
|Trade deadline: Buyer or seller?||Buyer||Buyer||Seller, barely|