For a couple of years now, I've been thinking that Ed Wade's "try to win now with a team full of lackluster vetrans" plan was going to backfire on the Astros. I'd say that 106 losses and a massive roster purge at the trade deadline counts as a backfire. The Astros are expected to have a new owner in 2012 and maybe a new league in 2013, which could obviously mean a new GM. So what will that new GM have on his hands?
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Astros gave up 796 runs this year, but in looking at their Baseball-Reference page, I thought to myself, "Well I think they had more pitchers have good years than hitters." So, uh, I guess we can say that Bud Norris and Wandy Rodriguez has pretty strong years, and those two thigns weren't entirely disastrous for them. They also got a pretty nice haul from the Phillies for Hunter Pence, and that was pretty important for them, all things considered.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Everything. Just everything. The Astros bes...