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Did you hear that the Cubs have suggested that the Cardinals aren't trying to beat the Astros? That is one of the dumbest things I've heard all year. The Cubs don't need to be worrying about how other teams are playing. They just need to make sure that quit losing 2 of 3 to teams like the Mets down the stretch. The Mets!! After hearing about this, and since they lost to the Reds, I'm not worried about the Cubs. They are imploding. What was all that talk about Dusty Baker being a great manager? And the Giants have a tough schedule the rest of the way, but they have the X factor in Bonds. It is no longer a wise move to always walk him. The guys behind him have finally been driving him in, which they weren't doing enough of earlier in the season. I still like the Astros chances, though, especially if they can get win number 19 for the Rocket tonight. They just need to get him a couple more runs than he's had in his last two starts.

Even if Houston misses out on the postseason, who would have thought we would even be talking like this a month or so ago? You can't fault them for giving it their all down the stretch, even though they underachieved during the middle of the season. And how nice is it to see Carlos Beltran play? He's throwing guys out at third, at home, hitting triples, doing somersaults and should soon be only the third or fourth guy to be part of the 40/40 club. He's a complete player and is probably the smoothest runner I've seen in baseball. He barely looks like he's trying, but he's actually flying. Watching him leg out a triple is an absolute joy to watch. I just hope he's seen enough of Houston and likes the Astros enough to stay for a few more years.
 

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Troutbuster said:
I have to admit there are alot of people that know baseball very well on this site. Jeff Kent is a pretty good ball player but his stats have been diminishing the last few years. You would think for the money the STROS are paying him and also playing at Minute Maid park he would hit 50 homers and drive in 130 RBI's. I still think he is a good player but way over payed for the stats he produced lately and let's face it, he's not too bad defensively and he's not great either.
I say we drop Kent and use Viscaino at second full time next year and pick up a young skilled back up infielder capable of playing short or second. This would free up some money. Adam Everett is going to be back strong next year and do a great job. We absolutely need to do everything possible to resign Beltran. All of us can see the difference speed makes, just ask the Marlins. Everett and Beltran in the top of the line up sounds very scary to opposing pitchers. I sure wish Bagwell would renegociate his contract and give up some money to do what ever it takes to get Beltran and Clemens back. Imagine Clemens, Oswalt, Backe, Pettite, and Miller all healthy next year and the team chemistry if finally coming along.
Don't forget about Carlos Hernandez. Most of this year he has been building arm strength after shoulder surgery last year. I see him as being a very good pitcher in the next couple of years.
 
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