I took a double take, too. Steve Berthiaume has been high on the Astros for quite some time. In September of 2010, Berthiaume explained his "crazy" prediction; but you know what, he kind of makes sense. Now, a lot, a whole lot, will have to go right for the 'Stros to make some noise in 2011, but Berthiaume is particularly high on Chris Johnson and this pitching staff:â†µ
“The Houston Astros will win the NL Central in 2011. I'm calling it right now — Astros '11 division champs.” — ESPN baseball analyst Steve Berthiaume, September 20, 2010â†µ
The season has yet to start, and the team is already dealing with injuries to Clint Barmes and J.A. Happ. Oh, and uber-prospect Jason Castro is also out for the year. But I like the ballsy-ness of Berthiaume.â†µ
Can the Astros be last year's Padres? Who knows. But we'll find out soon enough.