The Astros will win 44 games this season instead of the 42 most are predicting.
I miss Adam Dunn.
Wesley Wright would look good in the Reds bullpen. Bud Norris has a good arm too. But yeah, other than those guys, I don't see a spot of the Reds roster for any of them.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I'd say the Mets have an outside shot at contention. Their rotation could potentially be very good, if the youngsters (Gee and Harvey) live up to expectations, and if the veterans (Santana and Marcum) bounce back from injuries. Also, although the Braves have received a lot of attention this off season, I don't think they're demonstrably better than they were in 2012, and the Marlins are obviously worse, so the Mets' schedule could work to their advantage.
The obvious problem is the outfield, but sometimes surprising things happen out there (just look at Ryan Ludwick last year). Maybe someone will catch fire for the Mets, and help lead them to, if not contention, at least respectability.
-optimistic Astros executives
But the Astros do have reason for optimism--just not in 2013. They have young, impact players with potential at every position.
C Jason Castro/Max Stassi
1B Jonathan Singleton
2B Jose Altuve/Delino DeShields Jr.
3B Rio Ruiz/Matt Dominguez
SS Carlos Correa/Nolan/Fantana/Jonathan Villar/Jiovanni Mier
LF Marc Krauss/J.D. Martinez
CF George Springer/Robbie Grossman
RF Domingo Santana/Ariel Ovando
Not to mention the unreal quantity of pitching talent in the low minors ...
SP Jarred Cosart
SP Lance McCullers
SP Mike Foltynewicz
SP Bud Norris
SP Jordan Lyles
SP Asher Wojciechowski
SP Vincent Velasquez
SP Adrian Houser
SP Brady Rogers
SP Aaron West
SP Joe Musgrove
SP Kevin Comer
They've got a long way to go, but things don't look nearly as futile as they did before Luhnow was hired. And to add to their impressive list of prospects, they have been drafting well recently and are likely to get more elite talent in the upcoming drafts after the Astros finish in last place for the next season or two.
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I agree with cam. People look at the Astros MLB roster and shudder...but they've got some real quality studs in the pipeline now. And he's also right in the fact that they really spread the wealth around. It's not in a few positions...it's nearly EVERY position. 2 or 3 years of really sucking is just going to add even more talent to the crop. But once they get close, they'll be a force because they've still got the checkbook to envy.
Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!
I'll go with the Phillies. They still have an excellent pitching staff if Halladay is healthy. Guys like Howard and Utley appear healthy finally. The team is definitely old, but they still have a ton of talent. If things break right they can knock off the Nationals and take the division.
Pirates. They'll fade, but they may contend a bit longer this year.
No mention of the White Sox yet. Sale, Peavey, Floyd and Danks is a pretty solid rotation. They have power with Dunn, Konerko and Viciedo and sold role playes in De Aza, Rios, Ramirez and Keppinger. Reed, Thornton, Crain and Lindstrom give them enough for the late innings. It would all need to go right, but they have a core capable of winning some games.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I'd say the Royals too. Many have been saying trading Myers was a mistake, but they've been able to produce position players lately, but haven't been able to produce a pitcher to save their lives. They need a guy like Shields. I could see this year being the beginning of good things for KC.
The Astros will be interesting to watch. I've seen teams rebuild over the years, but nothing like this. They stripped the whole thing bare and took gasoline to it. I'm mad that they were moved to the AL (should've been Milwaukee) but their future is exciting... A ton of prospects, new league, new division (with a geographic rival) and new uniforms. It's almost like they are an expansion team playing in the old Astros ballpark. I'll be rooting for them to do well in the AL the next few years. Would be awesome to meet them in a World Series.
Last edited by joshua; 02-16-2013 at 01:56 AM.