Run-DMc was "perplexed" by the Astros this season.
“In eighteen seasons, this is the most perplexing. It just wasn’t a good year. Not when Lance (Berkman) was here…nor was Roy having a particularly good year early. Carlos was not. We just got off to a terrible, terrible start in the first half of the season.
“But, if we could count just since the All-Star break, we’d be leading the National League Central. But you have to count the whole season.”
Unfortunately, he's right. You do have to count the whole season.
Drayton, on Mills and Wade:
“I think our best asset right now is our Manager, Brad Mills. He has come on very strongly. He has the support of the team. He has a good rapport with the players and knows how to make them better...Ed Wade has been a great General Manager. Our starting pitching could be some of the best starting pitching in all of baseball.”
Will he still be the owner this time next year?
“Right now I have those plans. When you’re my age, it’s something you’re constantly evaluating it. Is this something that you want to continue to do? Right now, it’s full speed ahead.”
As he has done in the past, McLane concedes that he is open to listening to offers for the Astros.
McLane notes in Dalati's post that the Astros need to upgrade their offense, but doesn't go into any specifics. Which is a shame, because I'd like to see where they plan on doing that - shortstop (obviously), left field (naturally)?