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Houston Astros Preview

Houston Astros (74-88, fifth place in NL Central in 2009)

Five years ago, the Houston Astros painfully knocked the Phillies out of playoff contention.  Time flies.  No more Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, or Roger Clemens.  Despite having an entirely different core, the Astros have plenty of experienced players.  In 2009, the Astros relied on Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, and Carlos Lee.

Although they had power hitters like Berkman and Lee, the Astros finished towards the bottom in runs scored.  Their pitching was not much better, collecting a 4.54 team earned run average.  Roy Oswalt, who was once a Cy Young candidate, had a poor year that was plagued with injuries.  The only consistent pitcher was Wandy Rodriguez, who surprised us all with 14 wins and a 3.02 ERA.

2010 Season

The Astros made several moves this off-season, giving them a familiar look.  Ed Wade, the Phillies former general manager, signed Pedro Feliz and Brett Myers, who join former teammates Michael Bourn and Jason Michaels.

The Astros weren’t done.  With the departure of Jose Valverde, the Astros traded for Matt Lindstrom and found a new closer in Brandon Lyon.  Lyon was given a very pricey three-year, $15 million contract.

The Astros made a significant amount of changes, but still have plenty of question marks.  Does anybody know who Tommy Manzella is?  He’s their shortstop.   J.R Towels was once a highly touted prospect and will be given the opportunity to catch everyday.  However, the 25-year old’s hasn’t been able to reach the Mendoza line during his time in the majors.

Berkman and Oswalt have both been bothered with injuries this spring.  In addition, Wandy Rodriguez will have to prove that 2009 was not a fluke.

The outfield is set with Lee, Bourn, and the emerging star Pence, but they will not be enough to carry the Astros towards playoff contention.

Prediction: 79-83



  1. NJ

    March 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Hello my name is Ed Wade and my favourite word is mediocrity…

  2. The Original Chuck P

    March 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Phillie Lite… sure thing, Ed, you can have our leftovers.

  3. NJ

    March 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    ‘Stros who’ve more than just knicks in the past year- Lee, Berkman, Pence, Matsui, Feliz, Myers, Lindstrom and if I remember rightly their utility guy Keppinger isn’t exactly a picture of health plus Oswalt coming of a career-low 180 inning year…

    Congratulations Ed Wade, your really building something there aren’t you… TERRIBLE franchise right now

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    March 31, 2010 at 1:12 am

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  5. Ed Wade

    April 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I wouldn’t be surprized if we were in the World Series this year.

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