Astros Spring Training: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

The Astros are 10-7 this Spring, and everyone knows Hunter has been smacking the you-know-what out of the ball, and Towles has been crazy!  Reading the press and blogs, plus getting a chance to see our b-listers take BP off of Papelbon today, got me all giddy with dreams of a 100 win season.  Plus, Matsui hit one out again?

I was all set to post about free agency and its possible positive impact on our club’s 2010 season.  (Matsui and Myers came to mind first. Then I found that Kaz is hitting only .242 in 33 ABS and Myers has an ERA of 6.43 in 14 IP.)

So I decided that instead I would post who appears to be doing well, and who doesn’t.

Hot:

Hunter Pence, with an amazing .467 avg in 30 ABS, has 3 HR and team-leading 14 RBIs

Chris Johnson, .314 in 35 ABs, 3 HR, 11 RBIs

J.R. Towles, hitting .478 in 23 ABs, 2 RBIs

Pedro Feliz, .400 in 30 ABs, 3RBIs

Edwin Maysonet, .409 in 20ABs, 3RBIs

Geoff Blum, .344 in 32 ABs, 5 RBIs

Carlos Lee, .308 in 26 ABs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs

Roy Oswalt, 0.00 ERA in 6 innings, 4 BB, 3 K

Chris Sampson, 3.38 ERA in 8 IP, 0 BB, 5 K

Samuel Gervacio, 1.29 ERA in 7 IP, 2 BB, 8 K

Not:

Humberto Quintero, .222 in 27 ABs, 2 RBIs

Jeff Keppinger, .238 in 21 ABS, 2 RBIs

Michael Bourn, .209 in 29 ABS, 3 RBIs

Bud Norris, 10.8 ERA in 6.2 IP, 4 HR, 6 BB, 5 K

Wandy Rodriguez, 9.0 ERA in 9 IP, 4 HR, 3 BB, 9 K

Wesley Wright, 8.53 ERA in 6.1 IP, 2 HR, 3 BB, 5 K

Tim Byrdak, 9.00 ERA in 5 IP, 1 HR, 3 BB, 2 K

On the whole, these stats are uplifting me, but not much.  We need Wandy to do well this year, 15 wins well.  And Norris needs to come through, too.  Michael Bourn has to hit better than that.  Feliz, Maysonet, and Sampson are good to see in the “hot” category.

Based on these numbers, I’m mildly optimistic, and willing to up my win prediction from 72 to 75.

What say you, Astros fans?  Will we hit .500 with this team?  Make your fearless predictions here.

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