Just as the Brewers did back in 1998, the Astros will be making, in my opinion, what must be one of the toughest transitions to make in baseball- switching leagues. They’ll join a very lopsided AL West division, which includes the Angels and Rangers, who could be two of the best teams in the AL. On the other end of the spectrum are the Mariners, who hope to rebound from two horrible offensive seasons, and the Athletics, who continue to destroy their team as we speak. My guess is the Astros won’t be much of a match for the Angels or Rangers, at least for their first few years in the league, especially if they could only win 56 games in the NL Central, which is considered by some to be one of the easier divisions in baseball.
Anyway, since 2012 is going to be the last year the Astros are in the NL Central, Climbing Tal’s Hill is in the midst of a series of interviews with each NL Central FanSided site. I offered to be the representative of Reviewing the Brew for this collaborative project, so I answered a few questions for Climbing Tal’s Hill the other day (link to article here). Some of the topics I covered were Braun’s possible suspension, some promising prospects, what to expect from Norichika Aoki, and much more. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I’d like to think Climbing Tal’s Hill for giving me the opportunity.
So good luck to the Astros in 2013 and the years to follow. Like I said earlier, odds are it’s going to be a rough go at first, but if they can somehow get it turned around before too long, the AL West could make for a very interesting division in the future.
If you’ve read my personal blog before, you’d probably know that I don’t always have the kindest words for other teams in the NL Central. But, I have to admit that I’m going to kind of miss the Astros. Not because they went 56-106 in 2011, and not because the Brewers had a fairly easy time with them last year. It’s just not going to be the same being like every other five-team division.
But again, best of luck to the Astros in the future. See you in Interleague play sometime in a few years.