Friday, September 25, 2009

Justice knows what the Astros need

Pitching and defense, as if he has the market on knowledge cornered.

Anyway, it's kind of a wild blog post, goes on about what a great guy Drayton is, how stand-up Lance is, how the Astros need pitching and defense, etc.

He expects the Astros to make a run at an inning-eating starter, but also assumes LaHawk and Valverde will be back with the team in 2010.

They could make a run at Randy Wolf. Justin Duchscherer, Rich Harden, John Lackey, Carl Pavano, Joel Pineiro and Jarrod Washburn are on the free-agent lists I've seen.

Unless Dave Duncan is the manager, I'm out with everyone but Lackey, who will be too expensive for the Astros' wallet (velcro, with a chain). If Carl Pavano is in an Astros uniform come April, I might eat my tongue.

The biggest decision the Astros have to make is on a new manager. He has to be smart and passionate, and he has to set the proper tone to bring young players through the ups and downs of a season. He has to surround himself with a great coaching staff.

I'm OK with giving Dave Clark the job. He certainly has a passion for the job and seems to have people skills, too. But it's easy for me to recommend someone since my job isn't riding on it.

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