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Astros' Cooper: 'We should win 90'

Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:20 am
Edited on: March 23, 2009 1:38 pm
 

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Astros have been one of the least impressive teams in Florida this spring. They haven't won (4-16-3, even after three straight wins), and they haven't looked good, either.

You wouldn't know it by talking to manager Cecil Cooper.

"We should win 90 games, without question," Cooper said this morning. "We have a terrific bullpen. We have one of the best closers in the game. We've got the ace in the National League. We've got three of the best offensive players at their position. We've got, if not the best, then one of the top catchers in baseball.

"I mean, c'mon. We've got what it takes. You're telling me we're not going to win that many games?"

The Astros do have a top closer in Jose Valverde. They have Roy Oswalt atop their rotation. They have Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee. Miguel Tejada can still hit, even if he's starting to look slow at shortstop. The Pudge Rodriguez signing can't hurt.

But 90 wins?

"He's not looking at the same pitching staff I am," said one scout who has followed the Astros this spring.

No one outside the Astros clubhouse is predicting 90 wins for this team. More people are predicting 90 losses.

"I've heard," Cooper said. "I don't care what they say. I've been with them everyday. I believe in what we have here. I do believe we'll win 90-plus."

Cooper's players agree with him.

"At least 90 games," first baseman Lance Berkman said. "We know what kind of team we have. I mean, why shouldn't we [win 90]? We won 86 last year, and we have a better team. This is the Houston Astros. We play better than we look on paper."

 

 

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Astros' Cooper: 'We should win 90'




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Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:30 pm
 

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 90 wins by the Astros...  Yes, they pulled off season ending victories again last year, but not against great teams.  The division is a lot better this year and I do not see where the Houston Astros got any better.  I think like a majority of their local fans here in Houst, it's gonna be a long season.  And I did not say all of their fans because they love their Stros here, but some realist have their minds right.  A .500 season will be a good season for them!




Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2009 12:27 pm
 

Astros' Cooper: 'We should win 90'

Yes; it is too early to predict 90 wins BUT...Give it time.  Everyone knocks the Astros because of their starting rotation.  Let's see how the Ivan Rodriguez signing plays out.  A key element of any pitching (starting, relief or closing) is how the catcher handles the staff.  And yes; the Astros spring training record sucks!!!  However; Ivan Rodriguez returned from the World Baseball Classic to join the Astros this past Friday.  The Astros are 4-0 since Rodriguez joined the team.    



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