Houston…We Have a Problem: The Astros Are in for a Painful Rebuild
Thursday August 9th, 2012
John Burns: With a 36-76 record the Houston Astros have been the laughing-stock of baseball this season. Houston is going into a complete rebuilding phase after trading the very few veterans they had, such as: Carlos Lee to Miami, Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh, Brett Myers to Chicago (White Sox), Chris Johnson to Arizona, and J.A. Happ to Toronto. It is safe to say that Houston was definitely a seller at the recent non-waiver trade deadline and they made the right decision. They had one of the best deadlines in my opinion because they got rid of players that they were not going to win with and got very talented prospects in return. With the load of prospects Houston received, they will most definitely need several of their new young players to pan out if Houston plans to contend in the A.L. West one day. Oh yeah… I forgot to mention the worst team in baseball is going to one of the best divisions in baseball in 2013. A difficult situation is about to get a whole lot tougher.
You can argue that the A.L. West is turning into the new A.L. East, with Texas, L.A., Oakland and even Seattle starting to play good baseball. Three teams in the A.L. West have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs this season, which is pretty remarkable because coming into the season everyone thought (including myself) that the West would be a battle between just the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels. That was a big if, given that Texas was expected to possibly run away with the division by July. Houston has the worst record in baseball right now in the N.L. Central (a good division). Don’t get me wrong, but the N.L. Central doesn’t compare to the A.L. West. Houston reallly has a major problem in 2013. Unless the Astros go out and change their team up completely this offseason (which is unlikely to happen), I see them finishing dead last by a wide margin in the A.L. West next season.
The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros as state rivals in the same division may be good for baseball, but it will not be pretty for Houston. Texas and L.A. will be impossible for Houston to catch. With Oakland playing strong baseball and not looking like they will fall anytime soon, Houston is in trouble. If you think Houston can’t get any worse, you’re in for a surprise in 2013. Yes, Houston has the worst record in baseball this year but once they are in A.L. West for a full year they could very well have the worst record in Major League History. I know that sounds harsh but look at the facts: they are 30.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds. Past 2013, the Astros in the future will be ready to compete in my eyes. One day. With guys like Jonathan Singleton, George Springer, Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Villar, Brett Oberholtzer, and last but not least, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft, Carlos Correa. The Astros have a bright future but just not in 2013. Most of the guys I named won’t be ready for the Majors till 2014-2015 at the earliest. The Astros have a bright future with all the young talent they have in the farm system, which will continue to grow as the Astros sink further in the standings in the next couple of years.
Yes, the Houston Astros are a laughable team now. But they will be dangerous in 2-3 years. They may be down, but they are certainly not out.
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John Burns- MLB reports Intern: I am a highschool junior, play 1st base and catcher. I am a diehard Phillies fan. I was born in Philadelphia but now live in Virginia. I come from a huge baseball family and just love the game. My cousin was drafted by the New York Mets in the 2008 MLB draft. My favorite players are Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, and Ryan Howard. I tweet all the time and you can follow me on twitter (@JohnBurns_MLB)***
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Posted on August 9, 2012, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged al central, AL West, astros, baseball, brett myers, carlos correa, Carlos lee, chris johnson, houston astros, ja happ, jarred cosart, jonathan singelton, los angeles angels, mlb, prospects, seattle mariners, texas rangers, wandy rodriguez. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.