Thursday, March 17, 2011

This is the day that ESPN goes off on the Astros

First, Justin Ray talks about the starters:

The Houston Astros had one of the worst offenses in baseball last season, scoring just 3.8 runs per game en route to a fourth place finish in the NL Central. So just imagine how bad they would have been without a pitching staff that ranked sixth in the National League in ERA and opponent batting average after the All-Star Break.

And Jay Jaffe in an (Insider-Only) article blasts the offense. Here's your close:
It's not as though the Disastros can wait for the minor league cavalry to ride to the rescue, as none of their top hitting prospects have played above High-A ball. No matter how good that rotation is, it's going to be a rough, low-scoring year for Astros fans.

Jerry Crasnick has a rather complimentary article on the Astros' pitchers. And we learn that Wesley Wright is about to be a sidearm.

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