After two months of playing some of the best baseball in the majors, the Astros have hit the inevitable bump in the road. The team has sprinkled more consistent losing in with less consistent offense and pitching and thrown in Luis Valbuena heading to the DL into the mix. Their call ups have taken turns not hitting, they have wasted some very good Dallas Keuchel starts and Doug Fister, Mike Fiers and Colin McHugh have mixed good starts with what Mr Bill aptly called stinkers.
What to do? With the trade deadline racing head-on towards them the Front Office has multiple paths to take.
Stay the Course
Many folks say – don’t do anything (at least outside the organization). Bring up your Cuban if he ever gets his papers, bring up pitching help from the minors and hope that improves the team or at least does not hurt the future. Also, hope that the pitchers brought up perform better than Tyler White, A.J. Reed and Alex Bregman to date.
Reset the Course
Hope that this move turns out better than picking up Scott Kazmir or Carlos Gomez did. Pray that this sparks a big finale to a bit above average season. Keep repeating a mantra in your head that no one we trade has proven anything …. yet.
Scuttle the Ship
OK, no one is going to purposely choose this course. But the results of continuing to trade youngsters for veterans who fail could bring this team back to the same sandbar it hit in the late 2000’s. A team that is so-so at the major league level and a disaster down below.
So, not that the Front Office cares about your opinion, but what is it? What direction should they take and why?