The Astros just can’t seem to catch a break. Is it a string of bad luck or is their sin in the camp?
It’s hard to say when the streak started. Does it go back to the World Series 2005? Did Drayton McLane leave something buried at Minute Maid Park? Is there a common thread for the past 8-10 seasons? Did the luck turn worse when McLane handed over the keys to Jim Crane?
Steven Spielberg couldn’t write some of this stuff. I mean, you just can’t make this stuff up.
Drafting and signing the #1 draft pick should be a no-brainer, right? Virtually every team had Brady Aiken near the top of their draft lists. If the Astros had taken Tyler Kolek or Carlos Rodon, then Miami or the White Sox would likely have picked Aiken.
But the question is: Would there have been drama with Aiken, or would the curse have bitten the Astros regardless of who they selected?
Jesse Crain‘s situation is not a shocker. The Astros knew there was a risk when they signed him. Matt Albers, though, has pitched in 56 or more games per season since 2009. And he’s been out since April 22?
A case of bad luck or could it be the Astros are cursed?
Bad luck or cursed?
Look, we can debate all day and night whether Jeff Luhnow is a good GM or if Bo Porter should be managing at the major league level. But, there is no debate that the Astros have experienced a measure of bad luck.
Even Billy Beane or Walt Jocketty would have been stymied.
The problem with the bad luck or curse is that, at some point, the snowball rolls on and the train gets faster and faster. And people, the press, fans and other begin to pile on.
And that brings us to Aiken. Forget Mac Marshall, he’s headed to LSU. Heck, he’s already at LSU. Bite the bullet and sign Aiken. Get the deal done. And sign Jacob Nix. Some seem to be content not to sign Aiken and take the 1-2 pick in next year’s draft. But the ramifications of not signing Aiken are much more complicated.
It’s time to break the curse and stop the streak of bad luck. What will it take?