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5 Things That Went Wrong For The Houston Astros In 2014

5 Things That Went Wrong For Houston Astros In 2014

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As expected, it has been another tough season for the Houston Astros in 2014. Sports Illustrated had the bold prediction that the Astros will be World Series champions in 2017, but that seems like a long ways away from the product on the field right now. Here are five things that have gone wrong for the Astros in 2014.

5. Struggling to Close Games

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5. Struggling to Close Games

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With not winning many games comes the lack of chances to save games, but when given the chance, the Astros have struggled to finish. Closer Chad Qualls has had a disappointing season in a role that he shouldn’t be in. This season, Qualls has 15 saves in 19 opportunities, and a high ERA for a closer at 3.55.

4. George Springer Missing Time

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4. George Springer Missing Time

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One of the better power-hitting prospects in the majors this season had a quadriceps injury that has held him out for quite a bit of time in his rookie season. In 78 games this season, Springer has hit 20 home runs, which is very good for a rookie. Springer is expected to be back this season, but he could have had a truly special rookie season if not for the injury.

3. Carlos Correa Getting Hurt

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3. Carlos Correa Getting Hurt

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One of the Astros’ top prospects, Carlos Correa, suffered a setback in his quest to get into the majors as he fractured his fibula. Correa needed surgery to repair the injury and will be out for the rest of the season.

2. Lack of Development From Mark Appel

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2. Lack of Development From Mark Appel

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The first overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, Mark Appel hasn’t seen the success yet the Astros have been hoping for. This season in the minor leagues, he has a 3-7 record with an ERA of 6.86 in 18 starts. Appel is currently in Double-A right now, and the Astros surely wish he would start pitching better so they can give him a shot in the majors sometime next season.

1. Not Signing Brady Aiken

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1. Not Signing Brady Aiken

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The Astros have been a lock for the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft over the past few seasons, and this year they selected pitcher Brady Aiken. The two sides have yet to come to an agreement, and in fact have already missed one signing deadline. Apparently the two sides have been allowed to negotiate, but a deal seems unlikely at this point, which is a major failure on the part of the Astros.

Nick Ziegler is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ziggy26x and add him to your network on Google.