The last few years have been rough no matter which way you slice it. After a busy offseason that has seen some thump added to the lineup, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Astros have an owner that is talking about spending more money in coming seasons, and more importantly is talking about the playoffs for Houston in 2015 as their goal. Yes Herm Edwards, we’re talking about playoffs.
We could recount the additions that have been made this offseason, but my guess is that you’ve already heard about Colby Rasmus, Evan Gattis, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek, Luis Valbuena, Jed Lowrie, Dan Straily and Hank Conger. Wait I just recounted them, didn’t I? Anyway, the Astros have revamped their bullpen, and upgraded their offense, not just as a whole, but also in key areas. A year ago the bullpen, third base and shortstop were problem areas. This year, the bullpen looks much deeper and has some veteran talent. Valbuena and Lowrie are solid placeholders, but can be bumped if another player has the hot hand. The Astros haven’t had that depth in recent years.
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While the original goal was to make it to .500, Crane’s comments last week have turned up the intensity a bit. When the owner is making public statements about winning, that’s generally good for the team in this regard. Crane is showing he wants the Astros to win, and may offer some financial flexibility to do just that. If Jeff Luhnow needs to make a trade for another piece, he certainly has one heck of a talent pool in the minors to choose from.
With Crane talking about the playoffs, we can take that as a good sign for the team not only this season, but in the coming two or three years as well. If players like Jon Singleton and George Springer develop like we think they will, Crane will likely offer the financial flexibility needed to add a missing piece as the season goes on.
Find yourself a water cooler this summer Astros fans. Not only will it be blisteringly hot in Houston, but the Astros will be the talk of the town.