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Trading Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence would take heart, soul from Houston Astros

Trading Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence would take heart, soul from Houston Astros

By Denton Ramsey

 

First, there were talks of Hunter Pence being traded before the deadline.

Next, we were informed Pence wasn’t on the trade market and would remain in Houston this season.

Now, Pence talks are once again heating up and the Phillies appear to be the front runners to land the coveted and speedy right fielder.

In addition, there are talks of Astros center fielder Michael Bourn to the Cincinnati Reds.

And all this trade talk with teams for Class A prospects in return?

Houston’s offense, as bad as it may be, centers around Bourn and Pence.

Without those two, the last-place Astros are certainly doomed not only now, but for a couple tough years to come.

Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time Houston teams have broken fans’ hearts.

In fact, I can think of four players on two teams just within the past year: Shane Battier (Rockets), Lance Berkman (Astros), Aaron Brooks (Rockets), and Roy Oswalt (Astros).

To a certain degree, my inner-coach is telling me to quit browsing the news stories online surrounding potential trades of guys like Bourn and Pence.

But at the same time, it’s infuriating to think the team is even CONSIDERING parting ways with those two; without them, the Astros are destined to lose 120 or more games.

That record in and of itself would make the record books for the most regular season losses by a Major League Baseball team in the past 40 years.

Houston, we have a problem…

 

 

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

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Houston Rockets Need Healthy Aaron Brooks to Truly Compete in NBA’s West

From injury-plagued players to defensive flaws, the Houston Rockets have received a bitter dose of all the negative what-ifs NBA managers can nightmarishly imagine.

And then some.

Yet amazingly, those same Rockets are 16-20 overall—despite dropping three straight games—with a legitimate chance of making postseason play.

Trust me when I say that no top seeded team in the Western Conference will want to face the Rockets in an opening round best-of-seven series.

I’m smelling upset already, and it’s only early January.

However, I digress.

We’re here to talk about Houston’s present predicament and what the future holds for this team.

After a 110-95 drubbing at Orlando on Friday night, one major piece of the Rockets’ puzzle remains courtside, nursing a re-injured ankle.

That missing and mandatory piece to Houston’s 2011 hopes and dreams?

Aaron Brooks.

Sure, losing Yao Ming for the season was a shot in the foot (no pun intended); but an NBA team lives and dies based on it’s point guard.

Without Brooks, the team appears nearly lifeless.

But thanks to guys such as Shane Battier, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola (just to name a few), the scrappy Rockets have managed to remain afloat in a highly-competitive Western Conference.

Houston has an extremely tough road ahead, as the Rockets’ January slate has got to be one of the toughest in the league—with battles against teams such as the Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs.

Regardless of the dangerous stretch of games that loom, Houston has plenty of time to make some major noise in the West before the playoffs begin.

First and foremost, though, the Rockets need a healthy and rejuvenated Brooks returning to the NBA hardwood…

Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com