There are only 15 days left in 2013, so what better time to start throwing out predictions for next year. We like to talk about many Astros-related things here on TCB, but rarely do we (meaning: me) go out on a limb. Well, that changes today.
Oh, and don't worry. I'll be 100 percent wrong on most of this list. I'm just hoping to hit on one or two of these.
- The Astros will not sign Choo, unless the contract is for less than six years and less than $100 million.
- George Springer will get at least 450 plate appearances in the majors.
- Mark Appel will make at least one big league start.
- Chris Carter will lead the American League in home runs.
- Jeff Luhnow will not make any veteran-for-prospect swaps during the season, unless said veteran is blocking a prospect.
- Ryan Jackson will become the everyday shortstop by June.
- Two Astros starting pitchers will post above-average seasons.
- Jonathan Singleton will be installed as the Astros first baseman some time in April.
- Jose Altuve will enjoy a bounce-back season and hit close to .300.
- The Astros and Mariners will develop a feud that's better than the faux-rivalry with the Rangers.
- Astros games will be on TV by April.
- An Astro will finish in the Top 3 for AL Rookie of the Year.
- Alex White will make the rotation out of spring training and will have a surprisingly effective season.
Those are mine. What are yours? Give us one prediction in the comments for 2014. As you can see, it could be about anything.