As Christmas 2015 approaches like a runaway train, it seems appropriate to list out some gift wishes for Santa to place under the various Astros’ trees.
- For owner Jim Crane – a heart that grows three sizes on Christmas day.
- For GM Jeff Luhnow – another playoff run by the 2016 team.
- For manager A.J. Hinch – a bullpen he can depend upon in September and October the same as he did last April through August.
- For hitting coach Dave Hudgens – a clue.
- For pitching coach Brent Strom – great health so he can coach the Astros’ pitchers until he is 75.
- For Reliever Pat Neshek – a fully healed foot.
- For ROY Carlos Correa – An MVP ring in 2016.
- For oft injured OF George Springer – 150+ games in a season.
- For Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel – a repeat performance.
- For minor league boppers Tyler White and A.J. Reed – a spring training chance.
- For 3B Luis Valbuena – a BABIP much higher than .235 (or a new address by the trade deadline).
- For SP Lance McCullers Jr. – a repeat of the 3.22 ERA with a heck of a lot better than a 6-7 won-loss record.
- For RP Ken Giles – immunity from pressure to make up for the 5 players gone in the trade.
- For SP Collin McHugh – a combination of the 2014 ERA with the 2015 W-L record.
- For Will Harris and Tony Sipp – an elephant’s memory for the regular season and amnesia for the post season.
- For Joe Musgrove – a great year in AAA or the majors or both.
So, who do you want to bless with a Christmas wish and what would that wish be?