Re: Dunn And His Long Term Contract
IMO, without Clemens the Astros are in a bit of trouble.
They won't fall apart, but if Roger isn't back with the team, I don't see where the pitching staff replaces him. The offense ranked 11th and 12th in the NL in most categories last season, which means the pitching has to be gangbusters for the club to win. I think Taveras can pick up his game a bit and Burke should as well. Berkman for a full year (as opposed to 132 games) will help too, but Biggio's turning 40 and Ensberg likely won't repeat last season. There doesn't look to be any way for this offense to get a lot better unless Preston Wilson goes wild. Think about it like this, the 2005 Astros had an offensive twin in Pittsburgh ... and Pittsburgh's added more offense in the offseason.
If the pitching reverts to its 2004 form, it's hard to imagine the club wins more than 85 games.
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Last edited by M2; 01-16-2006 at 03:52 AM.