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Astros lack of power will hurt more in the AL

The Astros will have more serious concerns than 30+ 9:00pm CST start times if indeed the potential move to the AL West becomes a reality. This team is currently being built; not only for Minute Maid, but for the NL style game. There are many more close, low scoring, well pitched games in the NL than there are in the AL. Mostly (purely an opinion) due to deeper pitching in the NL and fewer power hitters. Pitching could be a potential advantage for the Astros if the young prospects and current starters continue there development. If Norris, Lyles and Cosart are who we hope they are then we could be in a better position in a few years than most AL teams. The elephant in the room could be lack of power. In the AL your top teams all have multiple power hitters. The Astros currently have one (JD Martinez....and there's no reason to pull one of your best outfielders off the field) who each time they come to the plate could send one deep. The Astros as a team hit 95 home runs in 2011. That should not come as a surprise realizing that they hit 106 home runs in 2010 (Pence, Lee and Berkman combined for 62 of those). Only San Diego hit fewer home run in 2011 and the lowest total in the AL was Minnesota at 103. The lowest number by an AL playoff team was 169 (Detroit). Oddly enough, the Astros 2000 team is the current record holder in the NL for team home runs in a single season (249). So we know it can be done by a Houston team. But where will it come from on this team. I know we have a lot of young players who's potential is far from known at this point. But it's hard to see a "light" at the end of this tunnel. The AL is a hitters league and the Astros are a team built on pitching. If you are a "good pitching beats good hitting any day" person; good luck with that. Those are the fans who keep forgetting your 3rd, 4th and 5th rated bullpen guy will be in a lot of games....thus out the window goes the "good pitching part". If Crane wants to build a winner; and if (whoever our GM will be) understands the AL game as they should, the first pick in the draft probably should be the best raw power guy in the draft.

If the move to the AL happens in 2013; here is a list of the potential DH's on an Astros roster today:

 

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