I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a week – family problems.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t really been any Astros news. Which, I suppose yall might could say is good/bad. Good because we haven’t done anything really stupid. Bad because we haven’t done anything at ALL except to not offer much of a contract to Wade Miller, arm status unknown at this time, who went to the Red Sox. It is, of course possible, that the team has some information that hasn’t been released, and they “know” that the probability that he can pitch well without major surgery is very low.
Where are they gonna get 2 more starting pitchers? Why haven’t they at least contacted Odalis Perez, who no one seems to want? I’m sure as shootin not betting on Roger coming back…
I don’t know if it’s true that they offered Carlos Beltran 96 mill for 6 years. But even if he accepted it, is McLane gonna cry that he doesn’t have any more money to buy the pitchers and outfielders we need? Why would Carlos want to join a team that won’t spend to get the pieces we need when he CAN go to one of the NY teams that will spend more?!
And speaking of Mohr, (Dustan) he accepted a 950K one year deal with the Rockies. He’s a decent hitter and good fielder – certainly better than Biggio, and the Stros, who are supposed to be a better team than Colorado, couldn’t even offer him THAT much? He’s certainly not gonna play full time there, either. So who’s left? Burnitz? Magglio Ordonez (yeah, sure, with that bad knee and Boras?) Juan Gonzalez (God, no, PLEASE??!!)
Yall have any ideas? Cuz I’m clean out.
What about the rest of the NL central?
-Pirates? Well, let’s just say that I feel almost sorrier for their fans than I do for us.
-Brewers? Well, Melvin didn’t do anything really stupid that I can think of, except maybe getting rid of Podsednik’s glove and Ginter’s bat. They’re gonna be at least .500, especially with 2 good starting pitchers.
-Reds? Well, Lindner FINALLY decides to spend a little something on pitching and he gets Eric Milton, 8 mill a year or so for 3 years based on all those wins (who cares about high ERA or lots of HR, right?) Maybe as high as 500??
-Cubs? All wrapped up in the Sammy Saga full of breathless drama. Basically done nothing except lose Matt Clement and not get a closer. But their pitching is good (duh) and they’re replacing Moises Alou and his lead glove/RBIs with Todd Hollandsworth. So, still a dangerous team.
- Cards – replaced Woody Williams with Mark Mulder (upgrade if he’s healthy) and Renteria with David Eckstein (short guys ROOL and Eckstein has a better glove than you think. Dumped Tony Womack (no great loss) for ??? Don’t have ANY idea how we’re gonna beat these guys. Sighhhhhhhhh…
I just wish I could get SOME idea of what Purpura is up to – HOW he is gonna get a winning team.
12/29/04 – by the way, Michael Hurta, who blogs on Home Plate in Space wrote a nice review on Wade Miller. Check it out.