Writing this post on a sunny Monday afternoon is a struggle, almost as large a struggle as the Astros have experienced over the first 19 games and a 6-13 record. It is hard to believe that this team has only one series win to date and has a long winning streak of one in a row, accomplished six times in 2016.
Is it time to panic, or time to adjust for the Astros?
Looking back on 2015, the five eventual AL playoff teams had started off like this:
- KC Royals 13-6
- Houston Astros 12-7
- NY Yankees 11-8
- Toronto Blue Jays 9-10
- Texas Rangers 7-12
The Rangers, who eventually overtook the Astros for the AL West title and whose pounding of the good guys almost kept them out of the playoffs struggled mightily and for a long time in 2015. A few times they bobbed up to the surface during the season, but they did not rise above .500 for good until August 15.
The only major move the Rangers made in the early season was one they would probably not repeat if given a Mulligan, the April 27 trade for Josh Hamilton. The reaction to this trade was a continued fall to a 7-15 record.
The Rangers eventually improved by allowing most of their players to snap out of it and then making some trades at the July deadline. But does this even matter when looking at the Astros’ situation?
The problem the Astros have is two-fold. They must decide whether to do anything and once past that gate, what they need to do.
Here are questions to ponder:
- Do they need to let things shake out a little more to see what the true level of the club is? How much longer?
- Do they need to jump in right now and make changes to the team itself? If so, what?
- Do they need to jump in right now and make changes to the coaching staff? The front office? If so, what?
- Would a four 0r five game winning streak change things for you or would you think it was a band-aid on a gangrene limb?