By Josh Sippie @sippenator101 on April 25, 2014
It's been another rough start to a season for the Houston Astros. Despite all the spring training optimism, the team is sinking fast. While it's obviously still a work in progress, there is some room for disappointment, and the five players on this list are the tops of that class. While the entire offense is scuffling, some people had to be singled out. These five have just plain fallen short of expectations.
I really didn't want to put him on the list, but we have to face the facts. George Springer was expected to come to the majors and put up monster offensive numbers. So far, he just hasn't. A .171 average with zero home runs and one RBI in 35 at-bats is not what was expected. Obviously he'll get it all sorted out; it's probably just a case of expectations being too high.
I had to single someone out in the bullpen, and this was the guy. Chad Qualls was one of the established veteran arms who was expected to bring some consistency to a terrible bullpen. So far he's given up five earned runs in just 7.0 innings pitched. In all likelihood he'll get it sorted out as well, but so far this season he's been just like the Astros 'pen of last year -- just plain bad.
Again, this is probably another guy who will get it all figured out later on down the road, but as of now, he's hitting a measly .222 and had to be dropped out of the leadoff spot due to ineffectiveness. Fowler was supposed to be the Scott Feldman of the lineup, a veteran to bring some consistency, but despite his great start to the season, he's fizzled in that regard.
I was always a little skeptical of this signing, and it's proving to be a dubious one. Jesus Guzman was the Astros' answer at first base, but his .190 average with just two HRs and three RBIs prove that there are more questions than answers. He may force Jon Singleton to hop on the fast track to the Majors, and I don't think very many would be opposed to that.
"Oh, but the potential is there," we're told. Chris Carter is hitting to the tune of .149 with 30 strikeouts in 67 at-bats. While he's done well of late, it'll take three more months of doing well to extricate himself off this list. He's just a strikeout machine, and a well-oiled machine at that. This promised potential appears to be a long way off, and the wait may not be worth it.
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