What I Fear About the Houston Astros

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 3:  Chairman and CEO Drayton McLane of the Houston Astros speaks to the crowd before the Opening Day game against the Florida Marlins at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The Astros won 1-0.  (Photo by Bill Baptist/Getty Images)

Houston is currently 11-15 and in last place in the N.L. Central division. Their losses have resulted from two primary causes: great pitching, but terrible hitting and terrible pitching.

It must frustrate starting left hander Wandy Rodriguez, who, despite a 2.19 ERA (striking out twice as many batters as he walks and allowing opponents to hit .216 off of him), is only 2-2 this season; he could easily be 5-0, considering he's received some no decisions.

What do I fear? That at the end of the season, Astros owner Drayton McLane will, once again, decide the team needs to trim its payroll and part with the talented players like Lance Berkman, Rodriguez, Roy Oswalt, or others. You see, McLane is becoming more and more like his predecessor, the late John McMullen.

McLane thinks the solution to the team's finances is to get rid of expensive talent and bring in cheaper players. Wrong. That will only result in a lousier team and, in turn, smaller revenues since nobody's going to the games. Let's face it: McLane is no Billy Bean, a man whose acute ability to assess baseball talent allows him to sign players at cheap prices. "Drayton McMullen", please sell the team if you're not going to invest in it.

On a side note, I really wish McLane would abandon his disastrous 10 year experiment with the railroad look and return to the blue and orange look. I'd love to see Houston bring back their 1960s shooting star uniforms and give them a modern twist. After all, the team is called the "Astros" (which is short for Astronaut and reflects Houston's space-exploration industry).


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