A couple of areas to look at today……
1. How the Astros were built?
The Astros are an interesting combination of old, new, cast-offs, trade chips and free agents. Here is a look at how the guys who have contributed the most got here.
Thank Ed Wade. There are 4 left-overs from the previous regime, but 3 of them are extremely important contributors. Draft choices George Springer (1st rd 2011) and Dallas Keuchel (7th rd 2009) and young (at the time) Latin free agents – Jose Altuve and Michael Feliz.
Home Grown (Post-Wade). Carlos Correa (#1 overall in 2012), Alex Bregman (#2 overall in 2015), Lance McCullers Jr. (Supplemental 1st round 2012) – Nice to have two All-Stars come out of the same round!
Trader Jeff. Brian McCann (2016 trade with Yanks), Evan Gattis and James Hoyt (2015 Mike Foltynewicz trade with Braves), Jake Marisnick and Francis Martes (along with Colin Moran – 2014 Jarred Cosart trade with the Marlins), Mike Fiers (2015 Josh Hader, Domingo Santana, etc. trade with the Brewers), Joe Musgrove (2012 J.A. Happ trade with the Blue Jays), Ken Giles (2015 Vince Velasquez trade with Phillies), Chris Devenski (Player to be named later – 2012 Brett Myers trade with White Sox), Brad Peacock (2013 Jed Lowrie trade with A’s), and David Paulino (2013 Jose Veras trade with Tigers)
So, pretty easy to see that the Astros front office has used every avenue available to them to build one of the best teams in baseball.
2. What’s the rest of 2017 look like?
The rest of 2017 looks straightforward for the Astros. Win in their division and they will be in good shape. Heading into Monday night’s game against Seattle….
- Home. 33 games (SEA – 6, TB – 4, TOR – 3, ARI -2, OAK – 3, WSN – 3, TEX – 3, NYM – 3, CHW – 3, LAA – 3)
- Away (as though it matters). 37 (BAL – 3, PHI – 3, DET – 3, CHW – 3, TEX – 6, ARI – 2, LAA – 6, SEA – 3, OAK – 4, BOS – 4)
- Games against teams with winning records. 14 out of 70
- Games against teams with losing records. 56 out of 70 – note some teams like their division mates, the Rangers, Angels and Mariners are close to .500 and could be above when they play them.
- Division games. 34 of the 70 games remaining are in the division and 19 of those games are on the road, including 6 each against the Rangers and Angels.
Considering the size of the Astros lead and how they are playing, the road ahead does not look difficult, but they need to continue to go out and grind out wins, series by series.