While the Astros have been 2-8 in their last 10 games, the Rangers have been 7-3 and expanding their 2 1/2 game division lead to a 7 1/2 game lead over the local team (seven games over the Mariners). At the end of the night, they will be either four games behind the Tigers or 4.5 games behind the Red Sox for the second wild card spot.
There is a feeling that this latest free fall has doomed the team. The offense is sputtering on only a couple cylinders. The bullpen looks worn around the edges and seems to be giving up runs every time out, led by Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Ken Giles. Chris Devenski who had been fairly untouchable lost Sunday after being used a couple days in a row. There are injuries and illnesses and players missing like Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus, Luke Gregerson and Carlos Gomez.
A lot of fans are throwing in the towel. But wouldn’t the fans lose it, if they thought the team was throwing in the towel?
There are a lot of negatives to be said about the Astro’s recent failures. But giving up is not one of them. Sunday they overcame a three-run lead in the eighth and ninth innings by scratching back and never giving up in a game where their offense was again lacking. There are many times this season when they could have folded, but they have not folded.
They are 57-54 with 51 games to go in the season. During the 51 games starting on May 24 the team was 35-16. Yeah, they aren’t likely to repeat that streak and end up 92-70 on the season, but it is not impossible.
So the questions for you dear readers today are:
- Have you given up and thrown in the towel on this team?
- Do you want this team to throw in the towel?
- Does throwing in the towel mean playing all the youngsters and sitting the under performing vets?
- Do you think this team can get it back together and start hitting in support of a starting pitching staff that deserves better?
- Are you thinking about 2017 or still holding out for 2016?