Not only are the Astros winning, they are doing so convincingly. After Monday night’s four-run win, Houston has an eye-popping plus-106 run differential this season.
Authentic Youth Ronnie Lott Jersey The only small knock on the Astros thus far, and obviously it hasn’t really affected them, is a lack of rotational depth. Behind Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr., Houston has an inexperienced and underwhelming group of names that may need to be improved before the July 31 trade deadline.
Mike Fiers pitched Monday. He struck out four batters while allowing two runs in five innings to help Houston take a 14-game lead in the AL West, which is its largest divisional lead in club history.
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Steered by the exciting young core of Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman, with a mix of breakout performers and veterans, this Astros team is definitely for real and are one win shy of tying a club record with 12 straight wins.
Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers (No. 6) is the only other elite prospect who could see a near-term promotion. Although Pablo Sandoval (knee) could return soon from the disabled list, the likelihood of the Panda staying healthy and producing consistently is pretty low. With no other good options at third, the Sox could turn to the hot-hitting Devers (.300/.365/.514 with nine home runs at Double-A). Long-term, Devers has the bat speed and strength to hit 20-25 home runs while posting a solid batting average and on-base percentage.
There are a number of MLB clubs who could turn to rookies to fill the holes in their shaky rotations. Among the near-term beneficiaries could be the Rays Brent Honeywell (No. 16), Jose de Leon (23) and Jacob Faria (NR), the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez (19), the Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff (NR), and the Braves Lucas Sims (NR) and Sean Newcomb (NR).