5 games back isn’t bad, at least the Astros are basically in every game if the starters don’t suck. Thus far, Angel Sanchez, Brett Wallace and Brett Myers are the real standouts.
Wallace is hitting near .400 which for a guy in his first full year is pretty good. We know he can take Prince Fielder head on. His power isn’t there yet but he does lead the team in doubles.
Sanchez would win a gold glove if it wasn’t for the fact that there are a lot of really good short stops but I expected that, what I didn’t see coming was his .290 hitting. and 15 RBI.
That more than anything has to boost his confidence.
Bourn and Pence have been fairly solid but Lee and Johnson haven’t shown up yet.
I’m saying this now before any one else, once those two start hitting, this team is going make a run. The division is wide open.
Pitching is an issue. Myers and Norris have been good with Wandy starting to figure it out but Happ and Figueroa have sucked. You can’t have starters with era’s of 6.35 and 8.28. That’s bad. Look for call ups to happen pretty soon.
The Astros have been playing good baseball. A couple of changes and this team can make some noise.
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