Hey! We've gone a few days without having a TCB writer reaction to something. Let's get this going for the Colby Rasmus trade.
Despite happening so late in the
For the Fowler trade, I seemed to be a little more in love with it than the majority of the other writers. This time, I seem to be the one who isn't so hot about it. That isn't to say I disagree with the move, only that I'm not overly excited about it. Rasmus is an inconsistent hitter, to say the least, and his
My only concern is his defense. Assuming he'll be the everyday center fielder (why not Springer in center and Rasmus
My initial reaction was some version of 'Huh??' Then I remembered that old baseball cliche: You can never have too many
Seriously, who is our CF? It could be Marisnick, Springer or Rasmus. Will Marisnick be the 4th OF or sent down or move to
Other than those questions, Rasmus adds value to the team and is one more signal that The Rebuild is over.
I would have predicted prior to the off-season that the Astros would try to sign Rasmus. But the timing now surprised me. We didn't have any hints or warnings that this would happen. Just goes to show that the front office really keeps a lid on what it's doing. I think this is a good price for taking a decent risk that Rasmus rebounds from a disappointing 2014. As I recall, at the end of last season, Rasmus said that he was hurt by the defensive shifts in 2014, and that he actually hit the ball harder in 2014 than 2013. I don't know if his perception is accurate, but the Astros' analytics group probably knows. It will be interesting to find out if there are adjustments in his approach which will counter the shifts.
As I was not the biggest fan of the Fowler deal, I have to say that this Colby Rasmus signing makes me feel much better. Ultimately, I think Rasmus and Fowler can provide similar, solid value as everyday
The front office essentially turned Dexter Fowler into Luis Valbuena, Dan Straily, and Colby Rasmus. The newly acquired trio hopefully represents an upgrade at 3B, another potential solid arm to add to the mix, and a lateral move in the OF. Additionally, we added depth across the board, which is always nice. There should also be a healthy amount of competition (i.e. Matty D vs. Valbuena, Lowrie vs.
I'm pretty excited by this addition. I think a change of scenery and a healthy hamstring will allow Rasmus to get back to his 2013 form or at least close to it. He and
The Astros are trending up, and if we do add a BOR starter I fully expect to reach
Most of how I feel about this has been said by others. I was not excited by the Fowler deal, but I understood. Now that the Rasmus deal is done, I feel better about it. All in all it looks like an even swap between Rasmus and Fowler, plus we added a starting 3B and a BOR pitcher. Now we just need to see if Rasmus can get over his injury from the 2014 season. If he can bounce back, then an outfield with Rasmus, Springer and Marisnick will be fun to watch. Let's take all these guys to Florida and see how everything shakes out.
I've thought Rasmus would be a great fit for the Astros for a while. I've read some snarky observations (Hi, Greg Lucas) that people who are always positive about the Astros are not objective. So I'll throw in some negative to give the appearance of objectivity. There is no chance of the Astros acquiring an ideal player. There never was. There hasn't been that chance for a decade. With flawed assets and a small budget, they can only acquire other flawed assets. But what the Astros
Apparently the new market inefficiency is low BA, high SLG/ISO power guys. I suspect the Astros will lead all of baseball in both strikeouts and Homers. While my gut tells me contact and putting the ball in play is still the way to go, this seems to be where the bargains are right now. So, we will be a TTO team at the plate (OK, maybe 2 1/2 true options, we won't walk THAT much), with a LOT of solo homers and outstanding outfield defense. If we do nothing else of significance, this will be a much more fun team to watch, and
FWIW, the Cubs led the majors in K% last season, and project to have more this season. The Astros were 2nd and project to have fewer, especially if Gattis plays 1B instead of Singleton. So it's pretty unlikely that the Astros lead the leagues in
Chris, maybe you haven't looked at the internet recently, but the Cubs are OMGWORLDSERIES and the Astros are
I am a little worried with the strikeouts. I'd prefer this lineup have a little more balance overall, but I guess you take what you can get and all the additions the Astros have made this
Worried about strikeouts?
You will no longer be worried about the strikeouts.
"If he's bad, well, lots of Astros have been bad, and Rasmus alone won't stop the Astros from getting where they're trying to go. "
That quote made the article for me less than a paragraph in.
Too much of one
Teams with the lowest K% last year were: Tigers, Royals, Rangers, Giants, and Cardinals. Four of the five teams made the playoffs. Yes, this is one year and yes K% isn't the only factor and
Well, here is what I took away from Sullivan's piece:
"High-strikeout teams have under-performed; high-strikeout teams have over-performed. Low-strikeout teams have under-performed; low-strikeout teams have over-performed. There is no observable relationship."
Which is interesting. I still think, putting the ball
Right. Just because the team will strike out more than the average guarantees nothing.
For all the problems it might cause, having more balance to the lineup, with a couple lefty bats added to the mix, could help most of all.
I certainly wholeheartedly agree with this. Rasmus being a lefty is a real bonus.
My reaction. You want my reaction to Colby Rasmus.
It's positive. I'm often the wet blanket on these moves, but simply put, I'm ecstatic. Where does he fit? Don't know, don't care. What does this mean for the rest of the players on the Astros? Don't know, don't care.
Colby Rasmus is a star. Oh sure, he hasn't always played like a star. But if he had, he wouldn't be a Houston Astro.
There's a maddening lack of consistency. Yes. But he's capable of putting it all together, and no one has seen that more clearly than the man who drafted and developed him: Jeff Luhnow. Everything about Rasmus and the Astros makes sense. Nothing about Rasmus and the Astros makes sense.
But he's a star. And the Astros can always use another star.
The one thing I don't like about Sullivan's piece is that he reaches back to 2005. 2014 and 2005 are two very different offense environments. I would be curious to see the results
Timothy, Sullivan divides team K rates into league K rates for each year, which should address changes in run environment to some extent.
So to go back to what David and I talked about a week ago...
I think it's a safe projection to say we should have no less than 6 guys with greater than a 100 wRC+... We could have 8?!
And if Castro finds 2013 again...
Seth, I looked this up earlier today. The Astros have four position players currently projected for 2 or more
The last Astros team to have at least seven position players with 2 or more
A lot of TCB commenters probably view me as an
The concerns about moving runners, etc.