The Houston Astros need to reunite with old friend Collin McHugh.
As we get closer and closer to Spring Training, teams’ offseason maneuverings are starting to wrap up. The Cheap Houston Astros Jerseys have made some solid additions, but there is still room for a few more. One thing they ought to do is bring Collin McHugh back as some much needed pitching depth.
McHugh is a familiar face to Houston fans and would be a welcome presence on the team. The Astros have a solid rotation set up with Cheap Zack Greinke Jersey, Lance McCullers, Cheap Framber Valdez Jersey, Cheap Jose Urquidy Jersey and Cheap Cristian Javier Jersey, but there’s not much depth behind them. They have a deeper crop of relievers, but even then, you can never have enough pitching.
McHugh has excelled in both roles for the Astros in the past, pitching to a 58-35 record with a 3.63 ERA from 2014-2019, making 110 starts and 85 relief appearances. He won 19 games as a starter in 2015 and also worked to a 1.99 ERA out of the bullpen in 2018. On a team flush with young arms, having a versatile veteran in the mix is always a good thing.
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After hitting free agency last winter, McHugh signed with the Red Sox but did not pitch in 2020, instead opting out when his elbow was not progressing sufficiently after surgery. But he recently got a clean bill of health and threw for teams last month in an effort to show he can contribute this year.
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At 33 years of age and coming off a lost season, it won’t cost much to sign McHugh. He took an incentive-laden one-year deal with Boston last year, so that’s certainly all it would take this time around. With that being the case, it would make perfect sense for the Astros to bring him to Spring Training and see how he fares.
With Cheap Austin Pruitt Jersey and Cheap Josh James Jersey likely not ready for the start of the season, McHugh could break camp as the team’s long reliever. If and when a rotation spot opens up, as it most certainly will at some point, he can step into the role and give the team some quality innings. Or, if he pitches as well as he did out of the bullpen in 2018, he could stay there and take a key late inning role.
Beyond the baseball side of it, McHugh and his family have strong ties to Houston from their time with the Astros, and fans would certainly welcome them back. With depth bring a real concern, this is exactly the type of signing this team needs to make, and it helps that there’s such a pitcher who would fit in seamlessly. Get it done, Astros.
Carlos Correa ranks 7th on MLB Network’s Top 10 Shortstops list. Did they get it right?
MLB Network has released their top 10 players at each position over the last couple weeks, and while a few Houston Astros made the lists, Cheap Carlos Correa Jersey stands 7th behind a star studded cast. Not much was discussed about Correa’s 2020 performance other than his outstanding postseason campaign, where he launched six long balls.
The Astros shortstop ranked 6th on the list coming into the 2020 season, and the bump back to 7th most likely comes from a regressed bat at the plate. In 221 plate appearances, the right-hander swung for .264/.326/.383 which brought his OPS to .709 (below league average). While shifting between the middle of the lineup, Correa wasn’t finding a steady rhythm in his swing. He also slammed five home runs and drove in 25 runs, as one of the only players to stay healthy all season. Correa hasn’t always been the man to swing for the fences, but it was obvious 2020 was an off year.
Correa was a finalist for a Gold Glove for shortstop, but the award was given to Seattle Mariner Cheap J.P. Crawford Jersey. With a fielding percentage of .995, Correa was a vacuum at short with his highest percentage in his career. His defense was the upside to a slouched performance at the plate, but the Astros have been known as a team of progression. In reality, Correa was taking longer to get used to the game again after battling an injury late in the ’19 season.
We saw this progression in the ’20 postseason. Through 13 games, Correa’s OPS was sky rocketing past 1.000 with five home runs and 17 RBI. This was the best way to evaluate the future of Correa, as his tenure in Houston is expiring. The right-hander looked healthy and is no doubt the captain of the clubhouse. As we reach the end of the season, it would behoove GM James Click to extend the All-Star shortstop before free agency. The 2021 shortstop free agency class is full of talent, as Correa, Trevor Story, Cheap Francisco Lindor Jersey, Corey Seager and Javier Báez headline the list.
The shredder calculates a projection for Correa to be 7th best shortstop, and while this seems a little underrated, there is a lot of talent before him. From first to sixth: Story, Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Lindor, Trea Turner, and Seager are on the list. All these players exhibited All-Star caliber numbers in 2020 which put them in front of Correa. The struggles were there, but if MLB Network is evaluating overall performance including the postseason, then Correa has the case to trade spots with someone in the top six. The future for Correa is unknown. As he negotiates an extension with the Astros, we can expect him to play at the same level he did in the ’20 postseason.