The Astros entered a brand new phase in this off-season, something this particular front office had not had to face since taking over in Houston.
It may seem almost sinful to lump Carlos Correa‘s below average 2018 with Jose Altuve‘s 2018, which is really only below average for Mr. Altuve. But here’s the point. The Astros’ offense was down in 2018 from a universe leading 2017, down almost 100 runs (896 to 797 runs). And you don’t have to squint too hard to see that a big chunk of that could be attributed to Correa’s and Altuve’s off/injured years.
All the talk about bringing in a designated hitter like Nelson Cruz (oops, gone), Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Martinez to Houston has triggered thoughts of the not very long, but not very good history of the Astros’ designated hitters. The Astros have had only to fill the DH spot full time since their move to the AL in 2013.
Halfway or so through this off-season, here are a string of thoughts about the Houston Astros…
First of all – Merry Christmas or season’s greetings or whatever floats your boat to all those who hang out here.
Chipalatta goes where Chipalatta has never gone before with a book review of “Astroball” by Ben Reiter. This is one of many sports-related gifts your dutiful servant received between Father’s Day and his birthday this last summer and, this one is specifically relevant with our Astros and their off-season losses, dealings and additions.
As the off-season continues to be the biggest non-event since Geraldo showed us Al Capone’s “vault”, we here at Chipalatta.com will attempt to stimulate audience participation with a little diddy called “Would You Rather”?