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Houston Astros’ First-Half Report Card

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Houston Astros' First-Half Report Card

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The development of the Houston Astros has been a breath of fresh air. They are no longer in the basement of baseball, and are only excelling upward. Check out the Astros' first-half report card of 2014.

Offense

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Offense

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The Astros are getting a lot of offense out of George Springer and Jose Altuve. Altuve leads the majors in hits, while Springer has pumped 19 home runs in his rookie season. The Astros do hit a lot of home runs, but other than that, the team is near the bottom in the offensive categories. They need more from their lineup the rest of the way.

First-Half Grade: B-

Defense

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Defense

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The Astros' defense is subpar as well. They rank near the bottom in fielding percentage and defensive efficiency ratio, and in the top 10 in errors committed. It is something everyone should work on everyday to get better.

First-Half Grade: D

Starting Pitching

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Starting Pitching

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Although Scott Feldman has not pitched that great this season, the Astros are getting a lot of help from Dallas Keuchel and Jared Cosart. Both pitchers are stepping into their own and starting to realize their own potential. Cosart and Keuchel could be near the 15-win mark by the end of the season.

First-Half Grade: B

Relief Pitching

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Relief Pitching

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Chad Qualls has not gotten a lot of opportunity to close the door for the Astros, but is 10-for-12 in save situations. Tony Sipp has also posted a nice 2.77 ERA in 28 appearances, but other than that, the bullpen is really non-existent. It is one of the team's weaker spots.

First-Half Grade: C

Coaching

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Coaching

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Bo Porter already has 40 wins this season, and is on his way to eclipsing last year's 51-win mark. Behind him, the Astros are only getting better and Porter is doing a good job progressing the young potential stars the team has. It is only getting better for Porter.

First-Half Grade: B+

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.