The Houston Astros will have a decision to make after the season ends next month. Depending on how September goes, the Astros will finish in the bottom five of the league and will receive another good pick in next year’s draft to go along with the No. 2 overall pick as compensation for not signing Brady Aiken. The Astros have shown some signs of life during the second half of the season and look to be a better team than the one that started season. The decision the Astros have to make is whether or not to keep Bo Porter on as manager next year.
During Porter’s first season with the Astros last season, he finished with 51 wins and 111 losses. The Astros just looked bad. The team was filled with players that were clearly not major league caliber starters. Other than two or three players, it looked to be a team full of career minor leaguers.
His second season, so far, has shown improvement. The team already has 53 wins this season, which surpassed the win totals of last season still with a month left to play. If the pace continues, the Astros could win 10 mores games than last year. Does that warrant Porter to keep his job?
With the young talent added to the roster this season, Porter has shown an ability to get the most out of his players. George Springer improved after his initial slump at the major league level, and Jon Singleton is showing much improvement after struggling for most of his time with the Astros. He is going to the opposite field more and has a shorter swing. They play hard, even when they are struggling themselves or as a team.
It is clear that the players enjoy playing for their young manager. Porter looks to have energized the clubhouse with a loose atmosphere. Since the team has improved in his two seasons as manager, the Astros would be wise to let Porter manage one more season. It is hard for a manager to prove his real worth with a roster like the Astros have had the last couple seasons. With more of the younger players on the way next season, the Astros should give Porter a chance to see what he can do.