Friend of the blog, Becky, was asking us before Sunday’s game, do we remember what we were doing at 11:59 PM on August 31st two years ago. Not sure what everyone else was doing, but I’m pretty sure I was sleeping. But most of us awoke to a glorious September 1st, that brought us one of the best pitchers ever and one who would be the catalyst for the Astros first World Series run.
This is one of those “hurry up and write something” posts that are crammed into an ever-shrinking lunch hour break. But your not-so-humble writer wants to nourish you with something to fill your days with deep Astro thoughts pulled from my nether regions. Without further ramblings here are 5 questions for your long Labor Day weekend.
People are attracted to round numbers in life and in sports. The number 100 is one of those that naturally holds a lot of value in our brains and hearts. 100% means everything, means perfection. In school we strove to make a 100 on our tests and quizzes. In American football 100 yards is goal line to goal line. In baseball, we love to see that pitcher who hits triple digits with their stinky, nasty cheese. (Note 100 mph seems much sexier than 161 km/hr). 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs both signal top notch seasons for players. And for our baseball teams, 100 wins is a noble goal.
The Astros enter Monday’s off day with an 85-47 record and a 9.5 game lead in the AL West. They are tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the AL and they are trailing the L.A. Dodgers by one game for the best record in the majors. The team has held it together during a stretch where they have not had a true day off since August 8th. (Technically they had August 12th off due to a rainout, but that just caused additional use of their bullpen and disruption to their starting rotation with a double header tossed in there).
The 2019 baseball season is a bit different than the previous seasons in that there has been only one trade deadline on July 31 and no separate waiver trade deadline at the end of August.
Friend of the blog Old Pro wrote about how the Astros are one of the best offensive teams around until …….there are people in scoring position, where they are very middle of the road. Which is unfortunate, since they have people in scoring position more often than any team around.
Take a good hard look at the September call-ups for the Astros because what you see in 2019 will not match what will happen next year and at least for the near future.
Astro fans are struggling with something this season they never had five seasons ago. Great expectations.