Prediction #8 of my 40 Fearless Predictions was that Oswalt would be pitching in the World Series for another ballclub.
To me, there is no reason for that prediction to NOT come true.
"But Sully" you exclaim, "The Astros are only 4 games out."
Come on. Is there anyone on this Earth who thinks this Astros team is going to leap frog the Cubs, Reds, Cardinals and Brewers and make the post season.
And before you say "But the Rockies did it in 2007!" remember that was a huge fluke and that team was filled with young over achievers.
This Astros team is not a young team. Besides Bourn and Pence, the entire lineup consists of veterans 33 years or older. Read today's CNNSI about the perils of being 33 years old.
Oswalt is 31 years old and has given the Astros 8 1/2 wonderful seasons. But he's had an up and down season. The fact that he had last night's masterpiece yet still has a .500 record and an ERA north of 4.00 shows that.
Aces are wonderful but they can also breakdown and become damaged goods before you can say "Brandon Webb."
Oswalt could be the most valuable commodity on the trade market. Almost every team in the pennant race (with the exception of the Red Sox and Giants) are looking for another starting pitcher.
Cliff Lee is out there... and then who? It looks like the Red Sox are holding onto Brad Penny. And if the Mariners continue to contend, Jarrod Washburn won't be available. Jake Peavy is hurt (should have made the deal in the off season, Padres!)
Think the Phillies or Mets wouldn't offer up some valuable prospects for a pitcher of Oswalt's talents?
Add Oswalt to Detroit's rotation and they might be one of the teams to beat in October.
The Angels could use another arm to put them over the top.
And there are always the Yankees.
The Astros need to put some newer and younger bodies in the line up and on the roster and they are sitting on potentially the most valuable trade chip in baseball.
Or you can sit on him and wait for Oswalt to turn 33 on your watch.
It's your call.