Coming in to the 2013 season the Houston Astros had a different feel about them then in years past. They still were not expected to be very good but to say the least they were expected to be a little better. Here we are at the end of the season and they are the worst team in baseball as far as records go and on pace for yet another 100 loss season. So are they not better? Actually I think in a strange way they are a lot better. They probably will lose 100 games again this year but this will be their last such year.
The first best thing is manager Bo Porter. Some say his job is on the chopping block but I really cannot allow myself to believe that. In the era where a world class manager like Charlie Manual gets fired in place of his team being changed for the better, anything is possible. Still, the way the Astros do business in baseball, I have to believe that they will stick with Porter who has done a ton of good things this year.
Their pitching staff has been worked out to where they can go into next season with a good idea of what they want their staff to look like. From there they can fill in the pieces with the right people. Defensively they know a few key areas where they are solid and want to stick like that for a long while like second base with Jose Altuve and third with Matt Dominguez. The outfield also is taking shape at least with the kind of outfield they want to have. Chris Carter is the team’s big bopper and has transitioned well into whatever role they have had for him.
All of these guys did great this year and all I’m certain will be expected to fare much better next year. They might lose 100 games this year but I could almost guarantee you this will be the last year it happens. Look for them to maybe not win 100 next year but at least threaten the wildcard teams through early August. They are making progress and it will show down the stretch and especially next season.