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Podcast: Houston, We Have a Big Problem

August 8, 2011 | By Tim McLeod | comment on this post
Mark Melancon isn't exactly racking up the saves on a lousy Houston Astros team.
Will Mark Melancon even get five more saves for the sucky Astros this year?

Sunday night brought us another quality hour of bonding time with my good friends Rich Wilson and Tony Cincotta on the Fantasypros911 Show on Blogtalkradio. The first topic of discussion this week was the on-going debate as to whether the Houston Astros are currently fielding what could possibly be the sorriest everyday roster in the history — yes the history — of MLB. It’s going to be a very long couple of years for ‘Stros fans.

Moving on, it was time to play one of my favourite games: the over/under for the balance of the year. Will Wandy Rodriguez win three games? Can Mark Melancon amass five saves? Is Jacoby Ellsbury a top five pick in next year’s drafts? Can Ryan Vogelsong generate five quality starts? Is Dee Gordon poised to run wild and can he steal 15 bags? We got out the old crystal ball and had some fun with prognostications.

We then took a few minutes to review some of the prospects that got the call last week and Brett Lawrie has to be at that top of the list. The young phenom got off to a great start in Baltimore over the weekend and now brings that amazing skill set home to Toronto in what will be a media circus the likes of which we haven’t seen since the departure of Roy “Doc” Halladay. How will Trayvon Robinson fare in Seattle? Should that high strikeout rate be a concern? Kansas City promoted another of its many prospects last week with Johnny Giavotella taking over for Chris Getz at second base. Royals fans have to be ecstatic as they watch this young group of prospects develop into what should be a very exciting and competitive squad.

Lawrie, Dustin Ackley, Freddie Freeman, Eric Hosmer, and Desmond Jennings are five of the best young players in the game today. How do we rank these youngsters looking at both the balance of 2011 and five years down the road?

Last week, Tony and I gave Rich a hard time for jumping all over the Jason Kipnis bandwagon. Not that we make it a point to pick on Rich, but, okay… maybe we do. At any rate, Kipnis proceeds to bail Rich out by going on a tear and slugging an incredible five homers last week. Revenge is mine, says Mr. Wilson.

It just wouldn’t be a Sunday without our two-start pitcher segment and this week our focus was on Dan Haren, Rich Harden, Tim Wakefield (the ageless wonder), and Dontrelle Willis. Haren has a very tough week ahead in which he faces both the Yankees and Toronto on the road. Is benching Haren an option that owners should consider this week?

As always a good time was had by all and the full show can be heard by clicking on the play button below. 

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