Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hang on, a thoughtful, well-conceived preview from an independent source?

Baseball Daily Digest previewed the Astros, and guess what? It was really good.

Just an excerpt on what to expect:

Best Case Scenario…

Either they start out on fire and add some veteran talent at the trade deadline to make a serious improbable run or they stumble out of the gate and dismantle the nucleus of the team… either one gives them a direction.

Worst Case Scenario…

Another mediocre year and late surge keeps the Astros close enough to think it’s not worth blowing up their aging roster. The long, painful process of restocking their depleted Minor League system is put off for yet another year.

Breakthrough Performance…
Wandy Rodriguez

This one is tough. Wandy’s health is a concern but he has the ability to develop into a solid No. 2. Originally, the pick was going to be Bourn but after his ‘08 let down, Rodriguez feels like the safer choice.

Ready to Rebound…
Mike Hampton

Hampton is due, isn’t he? Hampton’s return last season was once again hampered by injuries but let’s go out on a limb and predict Hampton to throw 150 innings this year. He can do that and still make one trip to the DL.

Ready to Disappoint…

[Insert Houston Catcher Here]

Pick one. Even “Pudge” is someone to be wary of at 37. Beyond Rodriguez, expect mediocre play from Quintero which is good compared to what permanent disappointment Towles will do IF he gets the opportunity.

Don’t Be Surprised If…


The Astros don’t throw in the towel and linger in the middle of the division and make another late season run as other teams begin looking toward 2010.

Be Shocked If…

Wade only moves a veteran player out of necessity “selling low”. His hand was forced as GM in Philadelphia to move Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen and both moves were busts. Moving Lidge last year was considered necessary and so far, the Phillies seem the better for it.

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