The Houston Astros are an improving ball club. Since May 15th, their starting pitchers have the second lowest ERA in the American League, but you wouldn’t know that if I hadn’t just told you. Why? Because the offense has just shut it down recently. Since their six game winning streak, the Astros have lost five in a row and six out of their last seven. Their one win came because the offense just went nuts. Since that game, the offense has been terrible. Not to mention, they are playing bad defense too.
As bad as their offense has been, the execution has been the worst. Last night, the Astros had two runners on with no outs trying to at least tie the game, but Jimmy Paredes, who has been absolutely frustrating to watch, couldn’t lay down a successful bunt which led to Matt Dominguez grounding into a double play to end the inning. It was one of the more frustrating games to watch.
I don’t know what needs to be done, but something needs to happen. This offense needs a shot of life, and a call to the minor leagues may be in store. Now that the deadline for Super Two status has passed – June 8th if I’m not mistaken – the Astros need to call up some young prospects and give them a chance. I don’t mean like Jonathan Singleton, he’s not ready yet. He will, however, be ready in a few weeks. A few guys the Astros should look into calling up would be Jake Elmore, Jonathan Villar, Marc Krauss, as well as others. Those guys have earned their chance, and may provide this team with a much needed shot in the arm.
Something has to be done to get this offense on a roll so they can back up the awesome performances from the starting pitchers. I don’t know if this would help, but I certainly believe it could.