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Big week ahead for Luhnow, Astros, but do you remember when?


The Astros are in the midst of the biggest season in franchise history. And, Jeff Luhnow — despite a long road of building, rebuilding, finding gems and busts and riding the roller coaster — could be entering a huge week for the Houston Astros.

Adding a starting pitcher (e.g. Sonny Gray) would not only mean big news and solidification of the rotation for 2017, but for years to come.

Imagine this rotation starting 2018: Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., Gray, Collin McHugh and fill in the blank for the fifth spot.

But for today, can we reminisce a little? As in Remember When?

Jonathan Villar and Matt Dominguez made up the left side of the infield and many were excited about that?

Bud Norris was the ace of the staff back in 2013 until he was traded to Baltimore, leaving Erik Bedard, Lucas Harrell and a couple of kids named Keuchel and Jordan Lyles to pick up the slack?

…many people thought Brandon Barnes, Robbie Grossman, Brett Wallace, Justin Maxwell, Jimmy Paredes, Paul Clemens and Brett Oberholtzer actually had a future in Houston?

…the Astros drafted Jason Castro with the 10th pick, passing over Justin Smoak, Wallace, Gerrit Cole and others? #gulp

…when Luhnow kept Brad Mills and then replaced him later with Bo Porter (who?)?

…the bittersweet summer of 2011 when Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence and Jeff Keppinger were traded and Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez and Paredes made the jump from Class AA?

…Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Villar, Clemens, Domingo Santana, Oberholtzer, Mike Foltynewicz and Telvin Nash were 8 of the Top 10 best prospects in the organization. That was only fives years ago (2012)?

…22-year-old Lyles led the team in wins for a whole season (7)?

…most of you would have been thrilled if Luhnow had kept Tony DeFrancesco as manager after the 2012 season?

Yes, there’s a lot of water under the bridge since Luhnow took over and turned around the organization. Do you have another favorite Remember When?

In the mean time, with the trade deadline just days away, the team awaiting the return of Keuchel and two key pitchers floundering in back-to-back games, Luhnow has some decisions to make. And they likely will not be in the short-term rental category, but rather in the long-term ramification file.

  • Is this week all that critical to the 2017 season?
  • The Astros are 6-4 in their last 10 games, but have increased their lead to 17 games. What does A.J. Hinch need to do to “right” the ship?
  • Interesting question: Regardless of the domino effect, which Astro traded away over the past five years would you like to have back on the 2017 team?
  • Do you have a favorite remember when moment from the past few years?
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About Chip Bailey

Chip Bailey lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and is an author and former sports editor and sportswriter who has followed the Astros for more than 40 years. A native of Natchitoches, La., Chip enjoys watching baseball at most any level, especially pro and college. Several years ago, he worked as an associate of Pastor John Bosman, who enjoyed giving nick names to his staff. He came up with Chipalatta, and it’s stuck.

128 comments on “Big week ahead for Luhnow, Astros, but do you remember when?

  1. Becky⚾
    July 25, 2017

    The A’s, are looking for MLB ready outfielders. And we are pretty flush with those.
    I’m sure Fisher and Kyle Tucker are being showcased. I understand the prospects that will be involved will sting, but this year looks like our “golden” opportunity!
    I have three words for Crane and Luhnow: GO FOR IT!!!

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  2. 1oldpro
    July 26, 2017

    The Fresno Frizzlies just scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win for the 25th time in their last 30 games. JD Davis hit two homers including a grand slam in the big inning.

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