The Astros have the Royals right where they want them. Right? If the bullpen had shown up Friday, Houston would be in the cat bird’s seat.
But with Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. prepared to pitch at home after today’s day off, the Astros couldn’t ask for much more. Right?
At this point, most people would feel the Astros are in Lagniappe Territory. In other words, another win — even in losing two more and the series — would be solid, good improvement for the 2015 season. Go home happy, savor the moments and start to re-tool for an exciting 2016.
It’s just not the case. Astros’ fans have now been spoiled. Astros’ fans want more.
Is it 2017 already? To be sure, there is a smell in the air of victory. There is an awareness this team may have the goods to make a run. There are enough pieces to create late-inning excitement if the game is close. And there is a rotation that can change a game through seven innings.
Forget the plans for next season. Forget if Chris Carter or Carlos Gomez will be jettisoned this winter. The time is now. After all, the Astros are in Lagniappe Territory and it just may be 2017.