Although it is nearly impossible to predict regular season results from spring training standings, the Houston Astros are not showing any signs of a major turnaround 14 games into spring training.
The 6-8 Astros are ahead of just two teams in the American League and in the same spot in the Grapefruit League. The good news is that the team is close to a .500 record and the six wins could be much worse.
The most promising aspect of the Astros this year has to be their new manager, Bo Porter. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that not only does Porter portray incredible respect for the game of baseball, but he doesn’t hesitate to stand up for his team and what he believes to be right. The intensity and heart that Porter brings to the organization is something that players will rally around when the season begins.
With about three weeks remaining until opening day, Houston looks to start the regular season hot to show the entire league that they are not a pushover team. If Porter can use his intensity to connect with his young, talented players, the Astros may find themselves in contention when the all-star break rolls around . From there it’s a sprint to the finish.