The 2018 season is no different than last year: the Houston Astros are stacked. Their offense can't be stopped and they have the best starting rotation in all of baseball.
But the one hole -- if you can call it that -- on their team is the bullpen. As a result, it looks as though the Astros may be looking to address it at the trade deadline.
Top American League bullpen ERAs entering Sunday:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 4, 2018
1. Astros 3.04
2. Red Sox 3.23
3. Yankees 3.32
15. Indians 5.92
However, those numbers are a tad deceiving, because the bullpen has cost them some games of late.
MLB insider Olney has suggested that the Astros will go in on a guy like Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, who has 13 saves, a 0.79 ERA and has yet to walk anyone this year. Even someone like Brad Hand from San Diego would be a great way to fill that hole and put Ken Giles out of his misery.
Sunday Notes Column: https://t.co/1HY6GJTPJ8 The problems that the Astros might need to fix before the July 31 trade deadline, as they work to go back-to-back.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 3, 2018
Jon Heyman even went as far to predict a possible trade with the Royals:
Jon Heyman just floated a Royals-Astros trade:— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) June 3, 2018
Kelvin Herrera and Jon Jay for JD Davis and David Paulino.
If the Astros get one or two solid bullpen guys, that's it. Game over. This team will officially be unstoppable. To be honest, they have a great chance to repeat now as they are.
But if they shore up the one "weakness" they have on their team, everyone else might as well just give up now.