Baseball is in a weird state right now. With the lockout underway, the MLB site has never been so dull. Don’t fret too much. By the middle of January, both sides will eventually agree to a deal and baseball will be back in action.
The Houston Astros are one of those teams that always seem to make the playoffs and compete for championships. It seems like Mattress Mack is always betting on the Astros year after year with record-setting profits. In the previous season, the Astros lost out on George Springer after he signed a huge deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.
This season, the Astros will lose out on Carlos Correa, who intends to sign a massive deal once the lockout is finished. Those two players were key contributors to Houston’s success but the reality is, Houston develops players at a fantastic rate.
They’ll still have Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman leading the way along with outfielders like Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker. Jose Siri, Jake Meyers, and Chas McCormick all have bright futures along with Yuli Gurriel, Aledmys Diaz, and Yordan Alvarez. The hitting for the Astros is still one of the best in baseball.
There were moments last year where Correa was batting in the bottom half of the order. It’s going to sting a bit losing a clubhouse player like Correa, but the Astros managed without Springer and can do the same without Correa. The pitching is still one of the best in the American League.
The Astros have so much young talent and found a way to keep Justin Verlander, who had been sidelined all of last season due to injury. With Verlander, there are ace pitchers like Lance McCullers and Framber Valdez. There’s also up-and-coming talent like Luis Garcia and Christian Javier. That’s an impressive rotation if all five guys can stay consistent and healthy throughout the season.
Plenty of teams are going to get better in the offseason. The Angels, Mariners, and Blue Jays, and Rangers have been extremely aggressive in their pursuit of talent this season.
Meanwhile, you can bet that the Red Sox, Yankees, and other bigger market teams like the White Sox will continue to add talent to their rosters.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays are always in the mix and a tough out every time they’re in the postseason. The players want a competitive league with a bunch of competing teams. Lately, it hasn’t gone like that, which is one of the reasons why we’re in a lockout right now.
Some owners aren’t paying even close to the amount that they should be to build their teams. But when this lockout is over, things will more than likely change.
The playing field will be a bit more even and baseball should be a bit more exciting for those who don’t enjoy it as much as other sports. If the playing field is leveled, it’ll be tough for the Astros to win the World Series.
With the Mariners, Angels and Rangers all getting better this season, the AL West is going to be an exciting division and one of the toughest divisions in baseball moving forward.
Therefore, I don’t believe the Astros will make the World Series next year. However, there’s no arguing that the Astros have the talent to compete for one.