Perhaps future not so dim for Astros

The Astros are knocking on the door of third place and could be pushing the Cardinals at season’s end if they keep playing like they have been in recent weeks. Say what you will about these youngsters, but they’re growing up before our very eyes.

J.A. Happ, one year removed from being a rookie, threw a two-hit shutout on Monday, and rookie first baseman Brett Wallace went 3-for-3. Angel Sanchez isn’t a long-term option at starter, but he makes gritty plays night after night. And Tommy Manzella continues to make strides offensively and defensively.

Carlos Lee and Hunter Pence have had good second halves, Michael Bourn is coming on strong, but the key to the Astros’ run has been pitching. Pure and simple. Astros starters have posted a 2.27 ERA in the club’s last 21 games (13-8).

It’s just enough to give you hope next year will be better. Hope that the pitching staff could be pretty good, and hope there is something good on the near horizon.


Hello Brian,

I?m curious; you wrote Sanchez isn?t a long term solution. I think we all agree he?s no SS due to his weak arm, but he appears to be a decent solution at 2nd base. Who do you think gets the job next season: Keppinger, someone from the minors, or him?

I’ll echo renaudtn ‘s question. I’m very curious to see what the Astros do with Sanchez next season. Kepp’s a nice player, and I’m sure the Astros like him as the starter going into 2011, but do they consider him a long-term solution?

I think this might be one of the most interesting off seasons in a long time because management has clearly changed their strategy with the major league club. For the first time in many years, I don’t think anyone outside of the organization knows what kind of strategy they will take to continue rebuilding this team.

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