MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros have had another abysmal season this year currently having the worst record in baseball at 37-80. Currently in the basement of the NL West there is no escape from the cellar this year as they are 16 games behind the LA Angels in getting out of last place and 31 games behind leading Texas.
Houston’s rotation is what you would expect from a team with 80 losses, it is not deep nor very talented. Bud Norris is the best pitcher on the team with a 6-9 record and a 3.93 ERA on the year. After that you have pitchers who are just loaded with losses like Erik Bedard who is 3-8 with a 4.28 ERA. Lucas Harrell was 5-13 with a 5.34 ERA which saw him enter the bullpen to give the young Brett Oberholtzer a chance. Oberholtzer has been pretty good in his very limited playing time, thus far he is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 3 starts giving up 8 earned runs in 28 innings.
The bullpen is not very good either, the Astros closer Jose Veras has blown three saves and has an ERA close to 3.00 on the year. Hector Ambriz who was sent down after a shaky season was then recalled back up to help bolster the bullpen, he is currently 2-4 with a 5.70 ERA after having blown 3 out of his 5 save opportunities.
As you would imagine the Astros lineup isn’t exactly loaded with sluggers and great hitters. Second baseman is leading the team in average while hitting a respectable .282, but that is rarely an average that leads a ball club. Left fielder Chris Carter is leading the team with 21 homer runs but is only hitting .211 on the season having struck out 155 times. Catcher Jason Castro has homers with 14 and has 44 RBI’s on the year, but has struck out 110 times. Everyone else on the team is barely hitting their weight in average, there just really isn’t much good to write about for the lowly Astros.
The Houston Astros have a long way till becoming a respectable ball club. They have almost nothing in the way of great pitching, and an extremely weak line-up to boot , there just is not much to build around for Houston. It maybe a long time until the become competitive with the way they are looking at this point.
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