Just a few Saturday thoughts while touring Colorado and heading into Wyoming later today and Yellowstone tomorrow.
This looks like a college team.
- When you look at Bregman, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and even George Springer, Kemp and Preston Tucker, they look young, slim and very collegial. Not that they play that way necessarily, not saying that. But pants legs up, white shoes in some instances and baby faces, much of the lineup looks like a crew that should be playing in Omaha. Of course, these guys will bulk up as they age and that slender, young 20s physique will become more “veteran”, but for now, they’d compare favorably — at least in a photo — to the Rice or UH team photos.
Who’s in the core?
- I often pose this question or scenario, but which players will be around in 2017? Given the state of affairs in the organization, is a real blockbuster in the cards this winter? Would a Dallas Keuchel or Jose Altuve hit the trade block to bring back a hard throwing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher, strong center fielder and/or solid, top line catcher? Probably not, but there are definite holes and the organization isn’t ripe with a large number of prospects to use as trade bait. At least not like years gone by. If the Astros improve through trade, someone is going who at least some fans will be unhappy about.
Which player — now gone — would have helped the Astros most this season?
- Dexter Fowler might be a nice piece in CF this season. Of course, who wouldn’t want Vincent Velasquez in the rotation (though he gave up nine runs in his most recent start)? Mike Foltynewicz has been hit or miss and a few other guys have just plain bombed. Other than Velasquez, anyone that played in Houston the last two years that you believe could have put this team over the top?
And some real thought-provoking Saturday questions.
- Where do you hit Yulieski Gurriel in the Astros’ lineup?
- Where does he play? And, if that’s third base, what happens to Alex Bregman?
- Which Astros’ player has earned the Most Disappointing Award for 2016?
- We’ve discussed the tipping point for this season. Some have suggested that was the signing of Colby Rasmus. Others have pointed to the off-season trades. What say you? When did the season tip from promising to ah-oh?
- And, the $64,000 question: Can Jeff Luhnow take the organization to the next level? Or is just the guy who positions the team for the next guy?