Astros now have youthful hope

Updated: August 15, 2010, 1:59 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Roy Oswalt is gone, and so is Lance Berkman, and there is no hope for the Houston Astros to become a contender in 2010.

But there is hope in Houston in a way there hasn't been the past couple of seasons, when an aging team was dragged down by enormous contractual obligations. There is hope in the collection of young players whom Oswalt and Berkman left behind.