The countdown is on. Two series. Six games. One long road trip. As I mentioned yesterday, when the weekend is over, we’ll be discussing rosters, lineups and rotations. Either for the playoffs or for 2016.
Each day this week, we’ll come at you with some quick-hitting thoughts, questions or ideas to ponder. Today’s conversation is simple.
How long will it take Carlos Correa to enter the conversation as the best shortstop in Astros’ history?
Shortstop is not a deep position when you talk of Astros’ history. Dickie Thon comes to mind immediately. Though he was considered “no hit”, Adam Everett likely had the best glove of any shortstop on the list. There is Roger Metzger from the early days, and Craig Reynolds and even Denis Menke.
Some might argue that Correa has already established himself in the group in less than a full season, but that wouldn’t be fair to the others on the list. Or would it?
To be sure, other positions aren’t as easy. Despite four seasons of top production, it will takes years before Jose Altuve unseats Craig Biggio, though he may be moving into the Bill Doran category. You may also include Joe Morgan in the group, though he didn’t play most of his career in an Astros’ uniform.
Back to shortstop. Correa has already hit more home runs in a season than any other prior shortstop. He’s proven he has the range and the glove. Will he have Biggio longevity? As he matures and fills out physically, will he continue to be the best option at shortstop or will a move to third base be more advantageous? Is he the prodigious three-hole hitter or will he eventually turn into the leadoff or even cleanup hitter?
It’s the discussion of the day as we countdown the 2015 season.