Everything just seems terrible right now if you’re a fan of the Houston Astros. A season that started with such promise has rather impressively gone off the tracks at the Ballpark at Union Station.
As I sit here, I want to keep positive, but after years of ineptitude, just as things started to turn a corner, a string of incompetence and unfortunate luck have absolutely crushed my faith.
But to set the stage, let’s start with the good.
After taking some heat for sending right fielder George Springer back to Triple-A following spring training, GM Jeff Luhnow quickly changed course and called the 24 year old up to the Bigs in mid-April. While he strikes out a ton and his average has been Adam Dunn-esque, he’s also been crushing the ball with team-leading 20 homers through 78 games, an OPS+ of 123 and a WAR of 1.8.
That call-up was followed by the promotion of first baseman Jon Singleton. Through 40 games the 22 year old has struggled mightily, but when he connects with a ball it’s usually an absolute no-doubter to leave the park. He will learn and progress.
Speaking of learning and progressing, there’s our diminutive second baseman, Jose Altuve—the heart and soul of the team. At 24 and in his fourth season, Altuve has rounded into full All-Star form. He leads the American League in average (.336) and stolen bases (41), he leads the Majors in hits (136), and is pulling in a 3.4 WAR. Continue reading »