The Houston Astros have made some great deals this year to help make a run for the postseason. They acquired left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir from the Oakland A’s, who has already shined bright in his first two starts for the Astros. He pitched a scoreless, 3 hit game to help the Astros sweep the Angels. They also received an amazing outfielder in Carlos Gomez from the Milwaukee Brewers along with right-handed starting pitcher Mike Fiers from Milwaukee.
Scott Kazmir came to the Astros with a career 3.91 ERA with 97 wins and 84 losses. He is pitching better this year with an ERA of only 2.10 over 20 games with 6 wins and 5 losses.
Carlos Gomez joins the team and will play in center field. He is a two-time all-star and has won the Golden Glove Award. His career batting average is a .260 and is just one homerun shy from 100 career homeruns, as he sits with 99 homeruns. This season he has a .262 batting average and has 8 homeruns, as well as 43 RBIs.
Mike Fiers joins the astros with a career 3.66 ERA with 21 wins and 28 losses and should be like a 6th man in the starting rotation to give the other starters extra rest. This year he has a 3.89 ERA with 5 wins and 9 losses over 21 starts.
Do these new additions have what it takes to add fuel to the flame that is the Houston Astros? The best part of baseball is the unpredictability of it, and the Astros have went from the team whose existence seemed questionable, to a team that is atop of the AL West that has great playoff potential.