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  1. Castro down with a meniscus tear, surgery likely. Not that it matters, but I wonder who sees time behind the plate now. Quintero I guess. And what ever happened to J.R. Towles?

    Comment by actiontal — March 3, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  2. Last year is the only year in his career Myers has been anything but terrible at keeping fly balls in the park. Is last year the fluke, or is his entire career the fluke?

    Comment by don — March 3, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  3. WandRod is already 32 years old. I think he’s their best pitcher this year, and I guess it’s possible that he continues to improve. But in all likelihood, his skills will start to decline soon.

    Comment by Ja4ed — March 3, 2011 @ 11:11 am

  4. Reading this, I thought I was completely mis-informed about Wandy. Because the Wandy I thought I knew was comfortably into his 30s

    Its like calling Ted Lilly a developing ace

    Comment by mister_rob — March 3, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  5. Towles is still around. He’s the ultimate AAAA player, minus that cup of coffee in 2007.

    I really do wish they would just commit to complete rebuilding and trade of their remaining assests Pence, Bourn, and Rodriguez.

    The Astros aren’t going to do anything for 2-3 years unless they hit on almost all their top picks from the past 3 years, but with Castro hurt, Mier unable to keep weight, and DeShields already an alcoholic, times seem bleak.

    Comment by NLeininger — March 3, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  6. Usually the spelling/grammar doesn’t bother me so much… but seeing Meyers spelled wrong so many times really drives me nuts..

    Comment by Jim Lahey — March 3, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  7. I assume the comments about Mier and DeShields are tongue in cheek?

    Comment by Carlos Baerga — March 3, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  8. You kidding Jim? His name is Myers. That is the correct spelling.

    Comment by Terence — March 3, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  9. Family court should have his correct spelling.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — March 3, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  10. When I look at the Astros right now, I can’t help but think “This is what the Pirates and Royals must have gone through 15 years ago”

    Where’s the hope? Where’s the light? Astros are AWFUL in the majors and AWFUL in the minors.

    Comment by Kenny — March 3, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  11. ya fortunately someone changed all of the “Meyers” to “Myers” since my post. Horray!

    Comment by Jim Lahey — March 3, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  12. Yes

    Comment by NLeininger — March 3, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  13. The defense is bad because Lee roams the outfield. Move him to first and the Astros at worst become an average defense.

    Comment by timmy! — March 3, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  14. No they are average to below average at 3rd, 1st(Wallace or Lee), 2nd, and rf. Quintero is a definitely a + defender as is Castro and Barmes. Bourn is the best defensive player in baseball regardless of position.

    Comment by NLeininger — March 3, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  15. Not only that, but it’s not like Wandy has actually been getting any better over the last 3 years. His K rate is down very slightly, his BB rate is up very slightly, and his FIP, xFIP, and even ERA are stable at best. Not only is he 32, he isn’t improving.

    He’s probably not getting worse (yet), but I would be shocked if he suddenly improved.

    Comment by DL80 — March 3, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  16. I’m not sure about your claim (Bourn being best defender in baseball), but it’s a good topic.

    I’d contend Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips and Adam Jones are better. But, defensive is always pretty subjective. Bourn is awesome, no doubt.

    Comment by Bourn — March 3, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  17. Based on what I’ve seen of Wallace at 1st base, I think he will be well above average on defense. The sample size is small for UZR and DRS, but both agree that Wallace’s first base fielding was good last season. This isn’t surprising, since Wallace is a 3d baseman moving to his right on the defensive spectrum.

    Comment by CJ — March 3, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  18. “you see why Lee was a -0.8 WAR player in 2011.”

    Proof read your articles please.

    Wandy has had an unusual career progression. Based on his stuff, even though he is 32, there is little reason to believe he cannot stabilize his performance more in line with what he has done at home (his home road splits have tended to be wildly apart, but the gap narrowed in his last 18 starts of last season).

    Comment by JP — March 5, 2011 @ 5:10 am

  19. also ‘while the offense and bullpen were horrible last year’
    look at their ERAs did you?

    The bullpen was a major reason why the Astros won an awful lot of close games late on in the season. Lyon and Lopez had very good seasons and Melancon and Abad impressed in short stints.

    Comment by JP — March 6, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  20. The acquisition during trade scored gems as in Cosart. Looking at those left from where these trades come, minors have Wooster, Campbell, and others around the horn Cosart played. New league new ideas and the new opportunities look impressive.

    Comment by Gerry Weldon — November 1, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

  21. Can you like working with the new template layouts?

    Comment by Kim Fernet — November 15, 2011 @ 5:49 am

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