Houston’s Recent Pitching Acquisitions Suggest a Big Gamble

Posted: 10th December 2009 by Richard Zowie in MLB
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LaTroy Hawkins is gone, having left the Houston Astros for the Milwaukee Brewers. Jose Valverde's all but gone; any day now, I expect to hear of some other team signing him. He won't be back in Houston, simply because the Astros feel he's too expensive and too much of an investment. So to replace these two pitchers, the Astros have acquired to new pitchers. The first is right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who came over from the Florida Marlins. He's 29 and throws gas, with a fastball that's around 100 mph. One positive that Lindstrom brings is that he converted 13 of 15 save opportunities last year. The negative is that last season his ERA was a whopping 5.89 and he dealt with elbow problems. Despite his occasional struggles of a year ago, some think he may be the team's next closer. Memo to Lin ...

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