Houston Astros: Constructing a Champion
Putting It All Together
Now you have the team you want to roll out for the season plus the analytics on pretty much everything including sleeping patterns, so how do you make it work? That’s what the front office filled with analysts and scientist are for. Talent evaluators scouted these guys for years and measured everything. Furthermore, through acquisitions, payroll and a few trades you now have a roster capable of creating a 101 win season and the first World Series championship for the franchise.
This year was a special season. Even if the Astros didn’t win the World Series, this season is a vindication to sabermetrics, scouting, player development, and passion.
Can the Astros sustain this method with this group of guys for many years to come? Isn’t that the multi-million dollar question? Currently, we have this team intact for next year barring trades and injuries. Beginning 2019 we will have some free agents and some important decisions to make including Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Marwin Gonzalez and George Springer along with some arbitration deals. Essentially, this team as an organization that finally has a great front office to make this machine be a contender for years to come.
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Lastly, they’ve proved this year that they can win despite the middle of the pack payroll and with the right group of guys on the field and in the front office they are on the right track to a dynasty.
**Statistics and information courtesy of Fangraphs, MLB.com, ESPN and Spotrac**