May 16, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first basemanChris Carter
(23) is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 6 to 5. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Astros now have the best record in the American League with a 24-13 record. This record is good considering the Astros were predicted to finish last in the league in 2015. While the Astros did show signs of improving last year, no one predicted the Astros would be where they are right now. The season is not over, but most experts predicted the Astros finish around .500 in 2015, then make a big jump in 2016-2017.
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I thought it was time to look at each offseason moves, remind you what Jeff Luhnow’s ideas were, and how these moves have impacted the Astros success in 2015. The original post can be found here, but I will use many of the quotes from that post. I was able to take part in a Bloggers Roundtable, in which we were able to sit down with Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, and A.J. Hinch. We were able to ask questions about the offseason moves and the future of the Astros.
Here was Jeff Luhnow’s opening statement at the roundtable.
Jeff Luhnow stated “it’s been a fairly active offseason so far and definitely my busiest since joining the Astros.” Here are the Astros offseason transactions that Luhnow summarized in his offseason State of the Union recap.
- Hank Conger
- Will Harris
- Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek
- Jed Lowrie
- Evan Gattis and James Hoyt
- Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily
- Colby Rasmus
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