The Houston Astros had a non-season season in 2009 finishing 5th in the NL Central division with a 74-88 record. While the Astros didn’t have the worst record in the NL they were never in contention within the division. The Astros had the oldest roster in baseball – it will be time to get some fresh, new and young talent on the Astros for 2010.
The Astros did have some relative power in the starting line up with Carlos Lee – 26 HR, Lance Berkman – 25 HR and Hunter Pence – 25 HR. Carlos Lee was 10th in the NL with 102 RBI, Miguel Tejada was 2nd in the NL in hits with 199 and 1st in double in the NL with 46. The Astros also had the leading base stealer in the NL with Michael Bourn who stole 61 bags on the year.
Pitching for the Astros wasn’t very good all season long. The Astros only have one starting pitcher with more then 10 wins which was Wandy Rodriguez with 14. Rodriguez did have 193 strikeouts which was good for 8th in the NL. Brian Moehler was next on the Astros list with 8 wins but had 12 losses.
The hitting for the Astros would seem to be fine but the main concern is the starting pitching and bullpen. There will be many issues the Astros will have to address before opening day 2010. They must look for potential free-agents and acquire someone for the back end of the starting rotation – when you are nearly last in every major pitching category in the NL you need to make off-season moves. The quantity of pitchers may not be that great – those who are will cost a pretty penny.