How Astros can open roster opportunities with some unconventional tweaks
Throughout the course of the season, Dusty Baker hasn't been given his full complement of players to manage, with the Astros bitten so hard by the injury bug.
Much has been made of Baker's sometimes head-scratching lineup decisions. But how fair is the criticism, considering the team is 13 games above .500 and Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve have only played in 13 games together this season?
With the trade deadline quickly approaching, many are expecting the Astros to make a splash and upgrade the roster for the playoff push. However, considering Houston's lack of top-end talent in their minor league system to deal away, finding a trade partner could be a challenge.
Perhaps the best plan of action is for the Astros to promote a player or two from Triple-A and see how they perform. Pedro Leon is a name Astros fans have been hearing about for quite a while. Should general manager Dana Brown be looking for some minor league players that can outperform the likes of Jake Meyers, David Hensley, and Bligh Madris?
And does Dusty currently have the best players in the Astros system at his disposal on a daily basis?
Plus, it's worth noting that it's not Baker's fault that Jeremy Pena and Jose Abreu have not played up to expectations.
Be sure to watch the video above as we examine several possibilities to upgrade the roster without looking outside the organization.
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