By Josh Sippie @sippenator101 on April 30, 2014
It's been an up-and-down season for the Houston Astros thus far. They've shown some very positive signs while still maintaining some of the key frustrations from last year. However, they've been quick to make moves such as the call-up of George Springer, which is unlike last year. That being said, there are still plenty of obvious moves that have to be made immediately, and here they are.
Robbie Grossman and Austin Wates are tearing up Triple-A pitching. Both are outfielders, and conveniently enough, the Houston Astros' outfield is populated by the likes of Marc Krauss, L.J. Hoes and Jesus Guzman, none of whom are hitting effectively at all. Whatever roster moves need to be made, a quick switch would be desirable at the current juncture.
Obviously, this isn't a 'change' per se, but it's a necessity nonetheless. With Scott Feldman set to make a weekend return, someone has to make room. While McHugh would have been the likely candidate, he has gone 15.1 innings, struck out 19 and won both games he's started. If anyone should make room, it would have to be Brad Peacock.
There are some mighty big holes in the Astros' lineup. Chris Carter is actually not the biggest of those holes. Jesus Guzman and Marc Krauss are hitting in the middle of the order on a regular basis and neither one can hit .200. With so many Triple-A talents waiting, it only makes sense to makes some moves.
Nothing else matters if you can't close out a game. Josh Fields is clearly not a closer. He's given up 11 earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched, and that right there is all the proof that's needed. The Astros need to give someone else a chance -- literally anyone. They can't do any worse than they're doing now. The Astros have a 10.89 ERA in the 9th inning. Need I say more?
Why this hasn't happened yet still baffles me, but apparently GM Jeff Luhnow wants to see Singleton do even more in Triple-A. Nine home runs and 27 RBIs in less than 100 at-bats apparently isn't enough. Calling him up would fix the void at first and help the Astros stop starting dead weight. It just has to happen.
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