It seems like it has been a while since there was a chance for everyone to catch up on how all the teams are doing. So I figured since the season is a month old it is a great time for everyone to do a team evaluation for your favorite ML Team. I will do an Astro evaluation.
Astros(overall): 16-8 Lost their first series this year against the surging Reds over the weekend. They have won games with great starting pitching and suprising hitting. They are 8-1 in one run games in spite of one of the worst bullpens in the league. They have only lost one game that they really should have won, but you know those things happen, while they have stolen at least two games they should have lost. They have done very well in a division that is playing like it will be real tough.
Who's hot: The entire starting pitching staff is hot with the exception of Pettite for 2 games. They are a combined 12-5 with Andy accounting for 4 losses. The Astros are 10-0 in games started by Wandy, Taylor, and Nieve. The Astros again have 3 of the best starters this year in Wandy,Taylor,and Roy. The starters have the best ERA in baseball.
The guys that are doing it at the plate are Berkman, Ensberg, Biggio, Ausmus, and Burke. Even though Lane's avg is low his OBP is almost 400 since he already has over 62% of his BB total from a year ago. The Astros are in the top 4 in runs,HR,OBP,avg,OPS, and basically every offensive catagory in the NL.
Who's not hot: The entire bullpen besides Wheeler and Borkowski. They have been the absolute pitts. Luckily every time they have given up 4 or 5 runs the Stros were up by 5 or 6 runs. That is where the 1 run games is misleading, most of those games were blowouts and became close.
The bench has not hit at all. With Bruntlett and Burke getting regular PT I don't consider them really bench players as much as subs. Bruntlett mostly as a def sub or mop-up duty. But Munson,Lamb, and Orlando have not done very well. Also taveras and Wilson have been streaky at best with low OBP. Burke could find himself subbing for them as well.
Outlook: Obviously things will even out. The SP will not be this good and the bullpen can't stay that bad. The hitters have shown enough skills that they will all not be hot, but they will all not be cold all the time either. The hitting should be better than the league(around 4-5 in the NL all year). In a very tough division it will be hard to keep up this pace. I am still keeping my previous playoff predictions.
I am also creating a poll. Do an evaluation of the team you know about. I think it is very enjoyable to read these kind of evaluations from knowledgable fans.