Astros Report Card: Grading the outfielders’ 2019 season
By Brian Murray
The Astros just barely missed out on a World Series Trophy, but they still had a record-breaking season. Let’s pass out the players’ report cards.
The 2019 season has come to a close and the hearts of the fans and players of the Houston Astros are broken. But let’s not wallow in sorrow, we need to look back on what a great season this team and its players had.
Houston had the best record in the Major Leagues and their season record of 107-55 was the best in franchise history. They’ll hoist the American League Championship Pennant for the second time in three years.
The Nationals may have won the World Series and congratulations to them for a hard-fought battle, but I feel deep in my heart that the Astros were still the best team of the year. The Trophy may be in Washington, but this team knows who they are and what they’ve accomplished. And trust me, they aren’t done yet. The Astros are actually already favored to win it all in 2020.
New feats were accomplished, records were broken, and a few players will be taking home some hardware recognizing their accomplishments. Some players had the best season of their career and some not so much. The season is done and it’s report card time, let’s look back over the year and pass out some grades.
This will be a five-part series covering the outfielders, infielders, starting rotation, catchers/DH, and finally the bullpen. The grading of the outfielders will be the first installment.