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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

That Pence Kid Does Not Suck

After a nice break, H-Town Sports is back. And what better time to return, now that the 'Stros have begun spring training in earnest? Seriously, we are less than a month away from Opening Day. I'm beginning to get giddy. Well, as giddy as I can get, anyway.

And the Astros seem to be doing everything they can to temper my excitement. By all indications, Hunter Pence will not be making the big league club. That's right, the same Hunter Pence who is hitting .750 in spring training. Now, I know spring training at-bats are not necessarily indicative of immediate major league success (see, e.g., Luke Scott tearing up Kissimmee in 2005), but wow.

Nevertheless, T-Poo & Co. want Pence to play everyday, which is something they don't think he can do with the 'Stros. I'll grant you that the starting outfield is probably set with Carlos Lee in LF, Chris Burke in CF, and (probably) Luke Scott in RF. But don't you want your best players on the major league roster? Can't Garner figure out a way to give Pence a couple of starts each week by keeping Burke and/or Scott fresh? Why sentence the kid to face minor league pitching if you don't have to? It doesn't make any sense to me.

Free Pence!


Blogger Bouj said...

Haw can it not make sense? Because it's the Astros. How did they handle Lane, Burke, Hirsh, Albers, etc? Bring them along as slowly as possible.

I agree he might need to be in the bigs, but why not as the 3rd OF? If he's supposed to be the starter in CF in 2008 (and that's the plan), then why not go ahead, go Lee-Burke-Pence, and make Luke Scott the fourth OF?

Wed Mar 07, 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Totally agreed, Bouj. I'd give the benefit of the doubt to Scott based on his numbers last year and make him the starting RF, but I wouldn't hesitate very long (read: certainly quicker than it took to pull Lane last year) if I had Pence on the bench.

Fri Mar 09, 01:14:00 PM  

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