Taking a glance at the Houston Astros thus far, I would say we’re about where we should be. I mean c’mon now, many reasons I am about to list, show that we are a team with a record of 22-30 for a reason. Let’s start off with the bad stuff first: The Astros sit in 28th/30 teams when talking about team salary for the 2012 season in all of Major League Baseball. Is that necessarily bad? No, but it isn’t good either. Looking at the top three teams on the list: NY Yankees, BOS Red Sox, and the Philly Phillies, all have won the World Series recently. Strong correlation there with spending money. Other things to take into consideration are of course, the numbers since numbers don’t lie. The Astros average a little less than a homerun a game and our on-base percentage as a team is only a mere .317. These two stats alone show that we lack hitting for power and when we do, no one is one base. This in essence puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff. One of the biggest reasons why the Astros are hanging in there is because of the staff. (Now on to the good stuff). The team ERA up to this point is a 3.89. Not too shabby when looking at some of the young new faces that toe the rubber. I believe if the Astros pitching can hold up they will be able to compete in many more ball games. An under known stat to keep a look at is the Astros WHIP (walks hits per inning). The team’s currently sitting at a 1.37 which I feel can get lower if we minimize walks. So why is the WHIP so important you may ask Houston fans? Teams are 29-31 in stolen base attempts this year when Jason Castro is behind the dish. Controlling the running game is a major facet in the game of baseball. Must keep runners out of scoring position as much as possible in order to be successful.
With all of that being said, this is a young team and it’s 162 game season. Going to have ups and downs. The Astros are in the mix of a 7 game losing streak right now. The next few games are against the NL Central’s top two teams: the Reds and Cardinals. On the bright side, they are playing at home for those 5 games. Where they are 16-11 this season when playing at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
6/2/2012 Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros in Houston. First pitch: 6:15 PM Central Time. Probable Starters: Mat Latos (Cincy) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (HOU).
Key Players to watch for: Jose Altuve (Houston) and how about this one: Drew Stubbs (Cincy). Stubbs is hitting only .228 but if he gets on base, expect him to try and swipe a bag or two (11-14 SB/CS).
Prediction: Astros win over Reds 5-4 in Houston
About the Author
Written by Moses Molina
I'm 20 years old and a lifelong Houston Astros fan. I played college baseball for a couple of years. I am now a student at Sam Houston State University. Currently living in Spring, Texas. Lets do this, let me know what y'all have to say! GO STROS. Twitter: MoMolina34