We will see the window closing on the Houston Astros playoff probabilities. No, not this yr, however within the close to future. The Astros are properly on their strategy to a fifth straight postseason and so they wished to shore up an space of weak spot. To take action, they had been pressured to commerce from an space of energy.
Houston did quite a bit to rectify their bullpen points on the buying and selling deadline this yr. They acquired Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero from the Seattle Mariners. They acquired Yimi Garcia from the Miami Marlins. They acquired Phil Maton from the Cleveland Indians. All relievers will slot in properly to a bullpen which has been overworked and underwhelming this yr.
Within the Maton commerce, the Astros needed to half with beginning centerfielder, Myles Straw. The sunshine hitting Straw, was not tearing the quilt off the ball, however he was beginning to come into his personal. On an explosive offense which options Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, and Carlos Correa (to not point out Alex Bregman who’s coming back from the Injured Listing, quickly), the Astros had been pleased with the manufacturing they obtained from Straw.
Straw led the staff in stolen bases, was fourth in walks, and batted a good .262. They might have been simply superb working him on the market within the playoffs with these numbers. If solely the bullpen wasn’t atrocious and there weren’t a couple of guys behind Straw on the depth chart, making him expendable.
Myles Straw was traded from the Houston Astros as a result of they’ve organizational depth within the outfield.
Chas McCormick will slide into the beginning centerfield place and brings extra energy to the dish than Straw. Jake Meyers was hitting .343 with an OPS over 1.000 at Triple-A when he was recalled. Meyers is 25 and able to present he can contribute on the massive league stage. Jose Siri and Ronnie Dawson await their flip at Triple-A, and both of them might discover themselves as a fourth outfielder earlier than lengthy.
Bryan De La Cruz was one other outfielder the Astros had stashed at Triple-A, that they were able to move as a part of the Garcia trade earlier within the week.
As for Straw, he’ll get a chance to showcase his abilities in Cleveland, on a lesser stage. He would have been simply superb batting seventh and enjoying heart for the Astros come playoff time, however the ‘Stros had different ideas.
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