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Dusty Baker Sheds Insight on Astros' Plans in Center Field

Larry Rupp
Dusty Baker shed some insight on the Houston Astros' plans in center field.
Dusty Baker shed some insight on the Houston Astros' plans in center field. / AP Photos/Jeff Chiu

The Houston Astros found a way to upgrade a few key positions at the MLB trade deadline, but center field was not one of them. It has left the team with a glaring roster hole down the stretch and into the playoffs. Manager Dusty Baker recently shed some insight on what the plan is moving forward.

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The biggest takeaway from Baker's comments is the fact that he wanted Jake Meyers to stay in Triple-A longer in order to get consistent playing time. Calling him back up too early to split time with Chas McCormick and Mauricio Dubon could've hurt his development as future outfield starter.

Meyers is slashing .217/.260/.330 across 36 major league games this season to go along with 6 doubles and 13 RBI. At the Triple-A level, he is slashing .250/.322/.442 across 14 games to go along with 10 runs scored and 3 home runs. Meyers has been dealing with an on-and-off elbow injury lately.

Baker went into detail about his strategy for the rest of the center fielders on the roster. For example, he is going to keep employing Dubon in center field whenever Justin Verlander is on the mound. That is because Dubon's arm gives Houston a better chance at keeping runners from advancing.

Despite the fact that McCormick owns a ridiculous .991 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, Baker was still noncommittal about playing him in every matchup. That is due to the current hot streak Aledmys Diaz has been on and how McCormick's defense pales in comparison to Dubon's.

No matter what, it's clear that Baker is going to take whatever he thinks is the best route on any given gameday. It's going to lead to a lot of headaches for Astros fans. For now, Houston owns the second-best odds to win the World Series at +390 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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