Brian summed up thoughts well yesterday, but the remaining scenario in the AL West — and the entire AL for that matter — sort of reminds me of the old NBA 3-to-make-2 free throw rule.
There are essentially three teams battling for two spots in the playoffs: Houston, Texas and Los Angeles. Yes, the Twins are an outside, mathematical shot, but two of the top three would likely need to fall completely on their faces to open that door.
So, on a day off for Houston that will have the Astros watching scoreboards and televisions, what would you like to discuss? Yes, the Free Blog Weekend starts early.
Here are a few questions for you to ponder to help the conversation along.
- This will be a shocker. Would you consider trading George Springer this off-season for the right pieces? Think about it. Springer has an injury history and, while he could develop into the .300 hitter and 25 HR slugger some have predicted, he could also become that player who hits the 100-games played mark every season. A Springer trade would require a Herschel Walker-like return.
- If the answer to the above question is “yes”, then re-signing Carlos Gomez might move to the top of the list. Yes?
- What is the single, biggest need for the Astros to address this off season?
- The Astros hit the jackpot with the 2012 draft (Carlos Correa), but failed miserably with the first picks in the following two drafts. Where would this team be with Kris Bryant at third base (instead of Mark Appel) and either Carlos Rodon or even Aaron Nola in place of Brady Aiken. Of course, you’d need to add that Houston ultimately got Alex Bregman with the replacement pick for Aiken, so you’d need to consider him along with Rodon and Nola.
Let’s hear your other thoughts, questions and comments. Enjoy the off day!