The American League West will be one of the most interesting divisions in the American League this season. Of course, the Oakland Athletics will somehow contend for the division title while the Texas Rangers will have to fight them, like it has for the past two years. The money hungry Los Angeles Angels will have to somehow find away to win with their big-contract players and the Seattle Mariners will rely on Robinson Cano to win ball games.
So, where does this leave the Houston Astros?
The Astros are under the radar as of this moment because of their young core of players. Houston is not the worst team in baseball, but another poor season could be expected because their prospects are not close to their potential quite yet. Key signings like Scott Feldman and Jerome Williams will bolster a young rotation, and Jarred Cosart is one of the young pitchers leading Houston this season.
Cosart will have his first full season with the Astros in 2014 and will be an important starter. The 23 year old posted a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts for Houston last year. This season, he will be the No. 2 starter and a lot will be riding on him to help win games. According to FanGraphs projections, he is expected to win between six to eight games with about a 6.5 K/9 and an ERA between 4.00 and 5.00.
The rotation will be a problem, but it is only progress for Cosart. Rome was not built in a day and neither will a Cy Young season. This will be a learning process for Cosart this season.
His learning starts now.