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Veteran Carlos Pena takes on prospect reliever Chia Jen-Lo
TCB's Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training 64 players will spend the next several weeks facing off in a head to head public vote to determine who advances to the next round and who will eventually be crowned the communities favorite Astros player. For more details click here for the introductory post.
The rules are simple determine which player you want to advance to the next by voting for that player. Any excellent arguments made for an advancing player in the comments below may be used in the players description for the next round. Vote subjectively, objectively or by using your trusty magic eight ball. Votes will last exactly 24 hours.
In this match-up:
1 - Carlos Pena
Carlos Pena in 12 big league seasons has accumulated 20.9 FanGraphs WAR (fWAR) which is almost four times more than the next Astros on the 40-man roster (Bud Norris 5.2 fWAR). He's expected to be the Astros first ever designated hitter, as they move to the American League. If Pena can regain his hitting form he'll surpass 300 homeruns. He is only 23 bombs from reaching that milestone.
64 - Chia Jen-Lo
Chia-Jen Lo has struggled with injuries since starting his career with the Astros in 2009. Signed out of Taiwan, when Lo's been healthy he's been effective posting a 1.94 ERA in 111.1 minor league innings. During the Arizona Fall League this past offseason Lo posted a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings.
Who should advance to the second round?
Carlos Pena (44 votes)
Chia Jen-Lo (55 votes)
99 total votes