New-han’s On Deck, or, Predictions Schmictions
Quick check in on our beloved and terrifyingly inconsistent disAstros.
I have not blogged in a bit, mostly because I was intently watching my NCAA Tigers go all the way to the Sweet 16, only to be dismantled by Missouri. And Now I’m watching Kentucky try to woo Memphis’ future away.
ANYhoo, this is not a Memphis blog, though Calipari could learn from the loyalty of Bagwell, Biggio, and Berkman.
This is an Astro blog, and though hope springs eternal yada yada, No one in baseball has the slightest respect for the Astros’ chances to even compete in the NL Central. Despite our scrappy pedigree, even the Reds are consistently picked ahead of us, though they have proven nothing more than the Stros as far as I’m concerned.
I state this now. Listen oh predicting and Astro loving world. A very slow start, or more than 3 early injuries, and we can kiss the Astros’ season goodbye, but even a medium start, and I will guarantee you the Astros hang around for postseason contention. Our pitching staff, though the weak point of the team, isn’t as horrifying as everyone predicts. I respect Moehler, Hampton is solid if healthy, and Wandy could easily have his best year this year, put it all together, so to speak.
How many times has a team’s pitching staff proven saltier and more durable than anyone expected. There are at least two story lines like that EVERY YEAR in Major League Baseball.
And don’t get me started on how disrespected our hitters are, at least as a group. Now that we’ve got Pudge too, Our lineup is very solid. I’d take our club’s hitters over the Red’s any day of the week. Berkman and Lee are blue chippers, and the only knock against Pence is that his sophomore season wasn’t spectacular. The only knock on Matsui is his health, which is a legitimate worry, but when he’s playing, baby, money all the way. Remember the Rockies folks? Not that long ago. And Tejada? Still one of the best hitting shortstops in the game. And he’ll have something to prove coming in.
I’d put our bullpen up against any in the majors.
So, there you go. All the predictors can BITE ME!
The 2009 Astros probably won’t win the division, but they will compete for the Wild Card.
My only major concern now(besides injuries)?
After Cabeza’s research, and after reading about Newhan’s anger concerning Cooper’s handling of his release, I am worried about his leadership. I was a big supporter last year, and I think he is a gritty, cool guy, but he may not be a good leader with the Astros. Now, he may be, Newhan could just be blowing justifiable steam, but if the players don’t respect Cooper, we’ve got a problem. Wade may not be liked all around, but I bet he’s got some respect from the boys.
If the players leave it out on the field, then the weird Wade and Cooper vibes will dissipate, but if not…
Of course Drayton McClane is a weirdo, and they’ve been fine under him for a number of years.
A player, and soon, should make a statement of solidarity concerning Cooper. Please.
P.S. Concerning Wade, I’ll hear other arguments, but don’t bring up Chacon and how Wade handled that badly. Shawn Chacon is an idiot. Don’t attack your boss after you instigated an argument. Don’t PHYSICALLY attack him anyway.
I repeat, I don’t care what Oswalt said, Chacon is a hot headed moron, who blew a chance at late career glory because he wanted to flex up against a sixty year old man who gave him a second chance to start. At least Caminiti waited till he was retired.