Today is a brain dump about our favorite team….
- The Astros have apparent needs at catcher, starting pitcher and in the bullpen. It could be argued that the greatest need is at catcher. While there are any number of arms who have started (Brad Peacock, Jose Urquidy, Rogelio Armenteros, Josh James, Francis Martes, Framber Valdez) or could start (Bryan Abreu, Cristina Javier, Cy Sneed, Cionel Perez, Forrest Whitley, Enoli Paredes) for the team available (and obviously they could also fill the bullpen), they currently have only two catchers on the 40 man – Garrett Stubbs and Dustin Garneau. Neither of those catchers have done squat (well they have squatted) in the majors with the bat, so you would think a veteran is a necessity.
- What if Yordan Alvarez, George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa played 150 games in 2020 at their 2019 production rates? Here is what that would look like…..
- Yordan Alvarez – 100 runs 45 doubles 47 HRs 134 RBIs
- George Springer – 118 runs 25 doubles 48 HRs 118 RBIs
- Jose Altuve – 108 runs 33 doubles 38 HRs 90 RBIs
- Carlos Correa – 84 runs 32 doubles 42 HRs 118 RBIs
That is insane production from any lineup, much less one that also has Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel.
- The item above is the best reason to look at cutting ties with Josh Reddick and some or all of his $13 MM salary. With that amount of production available for seven of the positional spots in the lineup, isn’t it time to give Reddick’s spot to Kyle Tucker, who is a month away from turning 23 y.o.? In 501 ABs last season, Reddick gave the team 1.2 WAR, while Tucker gave them 0.8 WAR in 67 ABs. The Astros may have to attach a prospect to get out from under that contract, but it would not necessarily have to be a high prospect.
- If due to potential punishments the Astros have to part ways with A.J. Hinch or Jeff Luhnow, the loss or losses would affect them in different ways. Losing Hinch, the team’s day to day leader would probably have more affect on the 2020 team performance. Losing Luhnow, the planner/visionary for the team would have more affect down the line. Neither loss would be good for the team.
- Assuming the Astros do not re-sign any of the free agents they let go (and for Gerrit Cole that is a moot point) here is the ranking of how much they will be missed:
- Gerrit Cole
- Wade Miley
- Will Harris
- Robinson Chirinos
- Joe Smith
- Hector Rondon
- Collin McHugh
- Martin Maldonado
- Aaron Sanchez
So, what are your thoughts on these thoughts?