A quick intro and my view of the Houston Astros


First off, introductions seem to be in order, my name is Alex, and I’m happy to be the newest staff writer for climbingtalshill.com. As a life-long Astros’ fan, this is a very exciting opportunity to express my feelings about our beloved franchise. I fell in love with the Stros during the 1986 season, thought they would all be like that, and have enjoyed the ride ever since, whether good or bad. I hope everyone enjoys my honest and heart-felt work as much as I’ll enjoy writing my opinions and views for you.

On to the squad, they aren’t very good. We all know and don’t need me to tell you that, but it could be the Astro fan in me or maybe blind faith. I don’t see the franchise as the dismal organization others do. They are in the transitional state that all franchises go through before getting back on top, see the 1991 Astros for reference. In the coming posts, we will discuss aspects of Ed Wade, Bobby Heck and Jim Crane or Drayton McLane along with the impending move to the AL but for now let’s not get into those subjects. Ed Wade has helped the farm system go from horrific to average. I’ve never been so happy to be average, though at the cost of the major league team. But I think most fans would agree it was the right move.

So where do the Astros go from here? They have both youth and excitement on their side, which should provide them with at least a 2-year get out of jail free card. They now have impact prospects, that the franchise needed badly, while the major league product has a ton of young guys whom the city can rally behind like J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve and Jimmy Paredes along with Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles on the pitching staff. Club veterans like Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee could and should be moved sometime during the season, adding more youth to the farm system and major league product.

I remember watching the 1991 Astros, being frustrated by their play one minute and ecstatic by a Ken Caminiti diving stop the next. Should we expect the future Cammy, Baggy or Biggio to come from this group, probably not, but the possibility alone is worth tuning into the 2012 Houston Astros.

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  • Stroscrow

    Probably a very good chance that Wandy is moved this offseason or at least shopped aggressively. Wade, assuming its still Wade’s call, should ask for a hefty bounty for Wandy and ideally also throw in salary relief to increase the value of prospects received. Wandy is not a great starter, but is valuable. I would like to see Wade ask for something similar to what the Blue Jays received for Shawn Marcum who is an equally good but not great pitcher.

    At this point I am torn on Brett Myers. I wouldn’t mind seeing him traded in the offseason, but I’m not for sure how much value he has. He did provide as much WAR as Wandy did this season, but the perception is that he had a down year. I’m afraid that if he was traded it would be a salary dump, and with guys like Lucas Harrell, Henry Sosa, and Aneury Rodriguez to fill his shoes I would be okay with that, but it may make more sense to wait and see with him. Since he is not an overpowering pitcher alot of his success depends on luck, and if he has a good first half then he may possess more value at the trade deadline.

    Carlos Lee, sigh, its not going to happen. Maybe if he has a great year, wants to compete in the playoffs and waives his full no trade clause, the Astros choose to eat all or most of his salary, and don’t demand much in the way of prospects in return then maybe. It seems like we are stuck with Carlos for one more year, which given the uncertainty of the offense that’s probably not a bad thing.

  • Stroscrow

    Probably a very good chance that Wandy is moved this offseason or at least shopped aggressively. Wade, assuming its still Wade’s call, should ask for a hefty bounty for Wandy and ideally also throw in salary relief to increase the value of prospects received. Wandy is not a great starter, but is valuable. I would like to see Wade ask for something similar to what the Blue Jays received for Shawn Marcum who is an equally good but not great pitcher.

    At this point I am torn on Brett Myers. I wouldn’t mind seeing him traded in the offseason, but I’m not for sure how much value he has. He did provide as much WAR as Wandy did this season, but the perception is that he had a down year. I’m afraid that if he was traded it would be a salary dump, and with guys like Lucas Harrell, Henry Sosa, and Aneury Rodriguez to fill his shoes I would be okay with that, but it may make more sense to wait and see with him. Since he is not an overpowering pitcher alot of his success depends on luck, and if he has a good first half then he may possess more value at the trade deadline.

    Carlos Lee, sigh, its not going to happen. Maybe if he has a great year, wants to compete in the playoffs and waives his full no trade clause, the Astros choose to eat all or most of his salary, and don’t demand much in the way of prospects in return then maybe. It seems like we are stuck with Carlos for one more year, which given the uncertainty of the offense that’s probably not a bad thing.