All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Short Sunday snippets as I spend some quality time with my mom (81) and dad (87) in Natchitoches. Just two weeks left in the season and the Astros are still alive. It’s the stretch run without your best rookie, without your best starters and without an everyday outfield. No worries, right?
Looking forward to 2017.
Yes, a little drool is involved in those thoughts. I’m looking forward to a full season with Yulieski Gurriel and Alex Bregman playing alongside Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer. That’s strong friends. Along with an additional quality starter and the return to 2015 of Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh — plus a healthy Lance McCullers Jr. — and you should be in can’t-wait mode as well.
Upon further review…
Not a fan of the Astros asking Major League Baseball to review a judgement of Altuve’s hit-or-no-hit just to ensure he reaches 200 for the season. Heck, if he pinch hits once in every game remaining, he gets there. So much in baseball is a judgement call. And that holds true for hits and errors. While you may not agree with a specific, particular call, it’s just the way the game is played. The calls in Friday night’s game could have been ruled either way and the home team scorer gave the home team fielder an error in each case. Unless there is a bias or a trend from an official scorer, or unless it is completely obvious, MLB should not even review it. I’m all in favor of getting the call right, but there are probably calls in every game that could go either way. That’s my opinion.
Marwin for MVP?
No, Marwin Gonzalez is not the Astros’ MVP, but A.J. Hinch may feel like his Super Sub is sometimes. Gonzalez has played every position except pitcher and catcher this season and has done so with ease. He’s earning $2 million and is in line for another raise in arbitration with two arbitration seasons remaining. If past winters have been any indication, the Astros will try to wait until the last-minute before agreeing with Gonzalez, but that’s just stupid, pardon my language. Houston has enough issues without trying to mess with success. Go ahead and sign him up for the next two seasons and focus on areas of real need. A $3 million contract ain’t gonna mess with a $100 million payroll.
You’re kidding, right?
The three highest paid Astros this season haven’t seriously impacted this season. Colby Rasmus ($15.8 million), Carlos Gomez ($9 million) and Scott Feldman ($8 million) are at the top of the tote board. Of course, the Astros aren’t paying Feldman’s tab any longer. After those three, Keuchel ($7.25 million), Doug Fister ($7 million), Luke Gregerson ($6.75 million) Pat Neshek ($6.5 million), Luis Valbuena (6.125 million), and Tony Sipp ($6 million) follow. Now, does that help to put this season in perspective?