Many forget that prior to their three-consecutive 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros were a dominant force in the MLB. They won the NL Central in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 as well as winning the Wild Card in 2004 and 2005 and making their first ever World Series in ’05.
So it’s not like Astros’ fans are used to seeing their team at the bottom of the league.
With that in mind, the team is facing arguably it’s biggest year in decades. They’ve finally completed gutting the team and loading up on prospects. Now, those prospects that they acquired in the process of sacrificing a handful of years to rebuilding are finally reaching the Majors. Guys like Jarred Cosart, George Springer and Jonathan Singleton have all been passing through the minor leagues as “future faces of the Astros.”
Well, the future is now. These guys are all expected to be on the major league roster come Opening Day. Will they be the ones to bring the Astros back to relevance?
The Astros cannot have another 100-loss season. They have all the pieces to put together a 75-win season, and anything less should be viewed as a disappointment. The only real question is whether or not all of these young players put it together for an entire season.
Guys like Robbie Grossman and Brett Oberholtzer essentially came out of nowhere with their surprising 2013 performances, so anything out of them is a bonus.
Not only that, but it’s a year for owner Jim Crane, GM Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter to prove that they are the proper people to run this developing squad.
No doubt 2014 is an exciting year for the Astros, now we just have to wait and see what they can do.