Friday, 18 March 2011
Braveheart is a Good 'un
Some of the Astros' BA have started to spiral upwards, which is good, but we shouldn't set too much stock in how many singles a guy can hit in ST. A few like Pence have yet to homer in spring, which would be handy. Hunter struggled early in the season with his power, and over the course of the entire 2010 his double numbers did dip.
However the unlikely trio of Wallace, Johnson and Towles might prove a lot of people wrong in 2011, which would be great if Barmes and Hall can put up half-decent seasons as well. Quintero is never going to hit around .400, even if he is doing roughly that now, and any performances in Spring Training should be treated with at least a smidgen of caution. Jason Michaels has had a nice spring, and so have a few other guys. Manzella and Downs have had their moments. Only one will likely make the 25-man roster.
Wilton Lopez completed his sixth straight scoreless inning of this spring, accomplished without giving up a hit or a walk, fueling talk that he may not be too far away from assuming the closer's mantle.
Wandy is on the road to recovery after his 'mild' tendinitis which probably means it was misdiagnosed. You can tell how crucial Rodriguez is to Astros' success when guys like Jeff Sullivan start writing about it.
One or two other links to share with you. The first is a new entrant into the Astros' blogosphere, and he reminds me a bit of me when I started out, oh, nigh on six years ago. I think he still has tons to learn, but then don't we all. Looking back on my earlier stuff I can't believe how dumb some of my stuff was.
Jerry Crasnick is also full of praise for the Astros' rotation, arguing that the quartet is an underrated bunch.
Brett Myers has also been named as the Astros' opening day starter after eight years with Roy Oswalt in that role. Roy had lost his last four openings dating back to 2007, with the Astros going 2-6 in his opening day starts.