Astros’ fans have waited a long time for THE season to occur. In 1980, their team blew late leads to the Phillies in two straight extra inning losses to miss their first shot at the World Series. In 1986, they blew a 3 run ninth inning lead and lost a classic 16 inning heart breaker with Mike Scott waiting in the wings and again fell short of the WS. Between 1997 and 2001 they lost 4 first round series, including the 1998 (102 wins) and 1999 (97 wins) teams – two of their strongest teams ever. In 2004, they won the first playoff series in their 44 year history, but lost 2 games in a row to the Cardinals to miss the World Series again. They finally made the World Series in 2005 and then lost 4 excruciating games in a row.
The 2016 team has overcome an insanely bad start (but not quite as bad as the 2005 tombstone edition of the team) to climb quickly back in contention. They have some tremendous talent and a few holes. One of their most consistent problems has been a lineup that is great on top and crummy at the bottom. They have tried a number of players to help turn that lineup over, Preston Tucker, Tyler White and A.J. Reed.
Now on July 25, 2016 they will be bringing up the most anticipated prospect in the major leagues, Alex Bregman. Will he be the answer? Will he bring the offense that wunderkind Carlos Correa brought in 2015? Or that George Springer contributed, after a slow start to his freshman season?
Will this be the move that finally brings the team and its starving fans to the promised land?