After taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets in NY (a road series win??), it is clear what the Astros need to do:
SIGN JOSH PHELPS!
The former Baseball Prospectus cover boy has had a rough few years, and was released a few days ago by the Devil Rays (from great prospect to being released by the D-Rays....ouch). However, he was hitting .266 / .328 / .424, which isn't all that bad, and he has a career 857 OPS against lefties. My preference would be to move Berkman back to LF (his natural position), and platoon Todd Self and Phelps at 1B (their natural positions). This makes Chris Burke a backup again, but I'm sure Garner can give Berkman, Lane, Biggio, and our 1B platoon the occasional day off to play Burke. Heck, I wouldn't mind seeing a Burke / Lane / Berkman OF, though it would be rough defensively. It's looking more and more to me that Taveras is overmatched my major-league pitching.
Anyway, Phelps is only 27, he's cheap, and he can rake against lefties. What's not to like?