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Houston Astros: Assessing pitching needs for the 2020 season

The old Game of Thrones saying of “Winter is Coming” applies greatly to the current state of the Houston Astros. The offseason presents many decisions and moves that will need to be made before the 2020 season. Namely, as it relates to the pitching needs for the team.

Although Houston Astros owner, Jim Crane, has gone on record to say he will make a push to retain Gerrit Cole, the likelihood of that happening is slim to nil. Frankly, it doesn’t provide a whole lot of confidence when Cole himself wrote a goodbye letter of sorts to the people of Houston:

It should go without saying that the Houston Astros need to address their starting pitching rotation.