Last April I predicted the Astros would deal Roy Oswalt.
Last summer I couldn't believe he was still in Houston.
THIS April I told the Astros they should deal him... and later said they had to do it before he got hurt and had his value plummet.
Now they have to trade him because it is the kindest thing to do.
Seriously, he clearly can pitch like a #1 starter. Yet he has a 2-4 record with the Astros... who seem to be hellbent to lose 100 games this year.
They are in the middle of their second 8 game losing streak of the year. It's not even Cinco De Mayo yet!
They've only won 8 games... so that means they have had a losing streak that matches their win total TWICE!
And poor Roy Oswalt is 32 years old... not an old man but will probably not be a #1 starter by the time the Astros turn this ship around.
Today, Oswalt struck out 8 in 7 innings and let up only a solo homer to Justin Upton... FOR THE LOSS!
He has thrown 7 innings in each of his last 4 starts to a 1.92 ERA... and a 2-2 record over those 4 starts.
Seriously, there are not a lot of pitchers of Oswalts talent... they can get 3, maybe even 4 pieces to help build this team back up.
But forget the Astros future... they should just give Oswalt his parole.
A pennant contender could skyrocket to front runner status by sticking Oswalt into their rotation the way the Brewers did in 2008 with CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee did in 2009 with the Phillies.
Just do it Astros. It is the humane thing to do.
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