The Astros have finally climbed and clawed back from the miserable season that was starting to take place. The Astros are 16-8 since the break and are currently riding a 5 game win streak where thay have outscore their opponents by a combined score of 47-23. During the past two series we have Lost Carlos Lee but Lance Berkman has rekindled his torrid start to the season, with a homer Sunday and a Grand Slam last night. Even with the current success of the 'Stros, what can we truly hope for? Their dismal middle part of the season buried them behind the Cubs, Cards and Brewers. They currently stand eight games back of the boys in Milwaukee and 11 1/2 behind the Cubs. With 43 games left to play, what can we expect the Astros? Can we expect them to post an 85-90 win season?
It can be done. Even if the Astros play just above .500 ball the rest of the way you're going to get 21-22 more wins this year, giving them a record of 82-80 or somewhere in that range. If they can manage just a few more wins that 85-90 win season is not all that unlikely. Although it would be nice to finish strong, the recent Carlos Lee injury let's us have an opportunity to put some things into perspective.
Forget the September call ups ... these guys need to finish the season playing everyday in the field with the big club:
1. Mark Saccamano ... 3B ... good power numbers (25 HR, 75 RBI) so far with Round Rock, and a good OPS (.870) to go with it.
2. JR Towles ... C ... we are not going to re-sign Ausmus and Quintero is not a long term answer ... let the kid finish it out with the big club
3. Val Majewski ... OF ... .328 AVG and .419 OBP and 1.081 OPS during his stint at the AAA club
The Astos organization has been stripped because of recent trades and we need to begin the process of seeing what we have left in the tank.