March 05, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Houston Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez (14) at bat during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. Washington defeated Houston 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Blasting Off: Outfielder Options Galore

In the third edition of Blasting Off, Andy Pondillo and Ray Kuhn debate on which Astros players will be in the outfield at the start of the season. In addition the Astros new play by play announcer Robert Ford joins Andy to talk about joining the Astros family.



The Astros are less than three weeks to the start of the 2013 regular season, and a lot of moves are still to be made. Here are the highlights from episode three of Blasting Off:



- George Springer and Delino Deshields Jr. were cut, how much longer until we see them with the big club?
- Can we officially say Jordan Lyles is overhyped?
- Who are the outfielders for the Astros in 2013?
- Robert Ford of SportsTalk 790 joins Andy.
- The World Baseball Classic, is this the end of it?

Listen to all of this and more on the player below. Stay tuned for our new episode next week, and feel free to tweet us questions at @astrosCTH.

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  • Matthew Thomas Wilson

    I think Lyles’ spring number will in no way reflect how he pitches during the regular season.

    • strosdude9

      I agree. Especially if he really is working on a few specific things during each start. Eventually he is going to have to start getting some results though. Getting shelled each start cannot be a positive for a young pitcher’s confidence.

      I agree with Ray and Andy in that it looks like his upside is a mid to back of the rotation starter. That’s pretty unfortunate.

      • Ray_Kuhn_28

        I do agree that there is not a clear correlation between Lyles spring numbers and the regular season, but it just has to be something in the back of your mind.

        • Andy Pondillo

          His results have not been satisfactory, while age is still on his side. I’m just not a fan of his stuff. I feel like it is just enough to get by at the MLB level. He would have to master precise control to ever find dominance with his stuff. Lyles will find success at the MLB level in my opinion, but success I don’t think will be any better than just “solid.”