Welcome to the first installment of Across The Diamond, where I will be providing a periodic analysis of players across all levels of professional baseball. The goal here is to track current statistical trends to see how players may perform in the following weeks and how to best take advantage of this in your fantasy baseball leagues.
In total, 20 baseball players will earn more in 2013 than the rebuilding Astros. After Monday’s trade that sent Jed Lowrie to Oakland, Houston‘s 2013 payroll will be less than $25 million. That number is the lowest since the 2006 Florida Marlins had a payroll just below $15 million.
If you subtract the $5 million Houston is paying the Pirates Wandy Rodriguez, then the actual Astros roster will be paid less than $20 million.
Here’s the full list of baseball stars in 2013 who are scheduled to make more than $20m next season. Read more...(187 words, 1 image, estimated 45 secs reading time)
I realize we are not even to the All-Star break but there are several teams that should already be thinking about next year. For these teams, this year is probably already lost not even halfway through the season.
In the American League, the season is probably all but lost for the Red Sox, the Twins and the Mariners. These teams are all more than 7 games out in the respective divisions. The Red Sox are 7.5 games back in the AL East. That might not seem like a lot but in that division it’s like an ocean of space. The top three teams in the AL East are separated by 3.5 games. They are all playing well. The Red Sox 7.5 games in this division look like some other teams 11 games back. They just don’t have the team to compete with the Rays or Yankees this year and they are not going to anytime this season most likely. Read more...(541 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
The first day of the 2012 MLB draft has drawn to a close, and the Houston Astros shocked everyone with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Instead of going with pitcher Mark Appel, the hard-throwing righty who most pundits believed would be taken first overall, the Astros selected Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa.
Here are the other 30 picks from the first round of the 2012 MLB draft.
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Houston Astros - Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
The National League is a very different story from the American League in the early going. While the American League has one team that seems to be far and away better than all the others, in the National League several teams are keeping pace at or near the top of the standings.
There are three teams that are leading the way in the National League with almost the same records to start the season. The Washington Nationals are 11-4, the St. Louis Cardinals are 10-4 and the red hot Dodgers are 11-3. These teams are a combined 25-7 over their last 10 games. They are all well over .500 to start the season. The wealth of winning is spread over all three NL divisions as well. Read more...(400 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)
With two of baseball’s biggest names leaving the division, National League Central fans have begun to wonder what this means for the 2012 season. With Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis and Prince Fielder’s departure from Milwaukee, a glimmer of hope is sprouting for the remaining teams in the NL Central. But can the departure of these two players really cause a shift of power within the division?
The Brewers and the Cardinals were technically the National League’s two best teams in 2011, as they battled each other in a rigorous six game National League Championship Series. St. Louis then went on to beat the Texas Rangers in an exciting World Series, gaining their 11th title. Do opposing fans actually think these two teams were only able to succeed because of Pujols and Fielder? Read more...(1042 words, 1 image, estimated 4:10 mins reading time)
A lot has changed since then, and none of it really for the better. In fact, they haven’t qualified for the posteason since they were swept in the 2005 World Series by the Chicago White Sox. And after last season’s disastrous 56-106 campaign, it’s hard to see things getting any better for the Astros.
The pitching was lousy in 2011. Houston starters combined for just 80 quality starts and posted an ERA of 4.52. That was the third-highest mark in the National League. The bullpen wasn’t much better. By the end of the season, they had a 4.49 ERA, the worst such mark in the National League. Astros relievers simply put too many runners on base, compiling a major league-worst WHIP of 1.48. Read more...(445 words, 1 image, estimated 1:47 mins reading time)
A continuation of our series of taking to bloggers for around the county to get their perspective on the biggest stories surrounding their team heading into spring training and the 2012 season.
Today we are talking to James from the Astros County. My gratitude to James for taking the time to answer my questions:
1. What do you think is the team’s biggest story heading into spring training?
The biggest story doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the on-field product. It’s more about the Astros transitioning into a full-blown rebuilding project, and bidding adieu to the National League. If you’re looking for on-field story lines they can be summed up as follows: Will Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Brandon Lyon, and Carlos Lee play well enough to get traded to further the rebuilding effort? Will Brett Wallace actually get his crap together? Who in the world is going to play third base (and it might be Brett Wallace)? Will the Astros win 50 games? Those are the things we Astros fans are worried about. Read more...(656 words, 1 image, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)