Catcher Jason Castro, starting pitcher Bud Norris and All Star second baseman Jose Altuve all have a shot at being the Astros representative. Considering how bad the Astros have been this season, none of the three guys will get enough votes to get in, and the pitchers are only selected by that league’s manager. As we’re nearing the All Star Selection show, it’s time I give you my selection of the Astros representative.
First off, let me tell you who it isn’t. If you asked me who their All Star would have been during the offseason, without a doubt, I would have said Jose Altuve. Right now though, he has been slumping for a while and hasn’t been able to get out of it. He is chasing balls and trying to make something happen, but is always just tapping it to a middle infielder. It has been extremely discouraging to watch, but I have no doubt that he can, and will turn it around. At this moment right now, however, Altuve isn’t an All Star like he was last season.
When the Astros have been good on the offensive side of the game, a lot of it has to do with Jason Castro, who looks to be having a breakout season this year. I said he would be an All Star at the beginning of the year, and he would be, if he were on a different team. So far this year, Castro is second among AL catchers in WAR (wins above replacement). He is also second among every MLB catcher in doubles. The only catcher ahead of him is Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. But, if it weren’t for a fantastic year by a starting pitcher, he would be my representative for the Astros
As it stands right now, Bud Norris should be the representative of the Houston Astros at the All Star Game. He has been absolutely awesome this year, and if it weren’t for one start, he would have an ERA below three. Norris has traded his strikeouts for ground balls, and has become more of a pitcher and less of a thrower. He has really had an outstanding season so far, and it is looking like it will be the best of his career to this point.
Norris was given the Opening Night starter’s job, and has just ran with it. I’ve always thought Norris was better suited for the National League, but he has really progressed as a pitcher, and is now one of the most sought after pitchers on the trade market today.