While the All Star break has always been considered the mid-point of the baseball season, in truth the 81 game mark occurs about 10 days sooner most years. The Astros have 11 games to go before the halfway mark (about 20 games to the ASB), which includes two series with the relatively lowly LA Angels of Disney Land, one series with the World Champion KC Royals and the first two games of a series with the similarly mediocre Chisox.
While anything can happen in baseball, it is probable that the Astros need to be at or above .500 by the halfway mark to be thought of as possible contenders and not pretenders. Their 17-8 record over the last 25 games (16-5 against teams from someplace other than Arlington) has shown that they are playing their best ball of the season right now.
The starting pitching has been on a stead rise since clocking in with the worst ERA in the league early on and is now the ninth best in the AL. The bullpen is again in an excellent spot sporting the third best ERA in the AL after again, being near the bottom of the AL to begin the season. The hitting has been it’s usual hot mess of inconsistency. The lack of consistent run scoring, lack of situational hitting and lack of hitting with RISP has been the biggest reason that 17-8 record in the last 25 is not about 21-4.
So, the questions for you dear readers are these:
- After 11 more games what will the 34-36 Astros record be? (Or simply – how many of the 11 will they win?)
- At what point will this front office decide if they are buyers or sellers?
- If they are buyers, who is on your no trade list from the minors? From the majors?
- Who would you like to see them trade whether they are buyers or sellers?
- Who do you think they will bring up in the next month if anyone to help this team?