Houston Astros Still in Last, Prepare for Texas Rangers, Get Good Draft News

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 14:  Jason Michaels #4 of the Houston Astros at bat during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks  at Chase Field on June 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.   The Astros defeated the Diamondbacks 8-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Note: As I type this, I'm wearing a hat I found in a recent move—a replica 1999 season Houston Astros Sunday home hat—you know, the dark blue hat with the moving star and yellow bill. I wear it in hopes Houston will ditch their ugly uniforms and return to a classic look. We'll see.

...For the moment, the Astros are still in last place—well, sort of. They and the Pittsburgh Pirates are both 4.5 games out of the NL Central's first place while the Pirates' record at 30-33 (a winning percentage of .476) is a one-thousandth of a point better than Houston, who's at 29-32 and sits at .475.

In June, the Astros are 9-4 after taking two games in their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks...

...Now, the Astros face in-state rival Texas Rangers in their battle for the silver boot. The Rangers won all three games in their initial matchup last month. Now, Houston will go on the road to Arlington and try to extract revenge. We'll see...

...So far, the Astros have signed 22 of the players they selected in the recent MLB draft. That's great news. I see about seven right-handed pitchers but only two lefties so far.

If Houston's going to become a great team and win a World Series, it'll start at the farm system.

Granted, the Atlanta Braves won only one Fall Classic in 1995 during their Bobby Cox Dynasty, but they went to the World Series several times and were always in the post season. How'd they do it? Lots and lots of depth at pitching, for one.