Watching the first 10 games of the season for the Astros dark thoughts intertwine with optimism in looking at the 2016 team. The following is a smorgasbord of why the Astros are OK or Not OK going forward.
Ok. Tyler White is a brilliant hitter and a huge upgrade at first base.
Not OK. Even Ted Williams cooled off to hit .406 in 1941.
OK. The Houston Astros were a playoff team last season and on paper have a better team all the way around this season.
Not OK. That and a nickel will only get you about 1/100th of a Starbucks coffee today. Last year is dead and gone like Jimmy Hoffa.
OK. Everyone knew the early season would be a struggle with the schedule they were facing.
Not OK. It is not that they are losing, but how they are losing – not pitching when hitting well, not hitting when pitching well, losing a gross of runners on the base paths, the bullpen giving up dingers like a Home Run Derby, etc.
OK. George Springer has 5 tools and the only thing holding him back has been freak injuries. Let him play 150 games and watch the stats mount.
Not OK. Hitting and hitting with power are supposed to be two of those tools, but those tools both seem to be circular ceiling fans so far this season.
OK. Carlos Gomez was one of the very best players in 2013 and 2014 and was down in 2015 because of injuries.
Not OK. 2013 and 2014 feel as far away as 2003 and 2004 when watching him play this season.
OK. Jason Castro, Luis Valbuena, Scott Feldman and Carlos Gomez will be playing for new contracts and should be doing their best to make big bucks in the future.
Not OK. The operative phrase is “doing their best”.
OK. As long as the Astros have Kid Keuchel leading the rotation they will be fine.
Not OK. The Kid’s beard may turn all grey from trying to lead this pitching staff.
OK. Lance McCullers Jr. will return and give this team a shot in the arm.
Not OK. Some people think the kind thing would be for Lance to help the team with euthanasia.
OK. Ken Giles will figure things out – he has great stats the last two years.
Not OK. Vince Velasquez seems to have figured things out in the City of Brotherly Hate.
OK. A.J. Hinch showed himself to be a steady hand on the tiller last season.
Not OK. Captain Smith was well thought of until the Titanic was sitting at the bottom of the ocean.
OK. In Luhnow We Trust
Not OK. What have you done for us lately, Jeff?
So where are you on the OK / Not OK scale?