All Things Astros and a whole lot more
If 2015 was a snapshot of things to come and 2017 is the Year of the World Series, what in the heck is 2016?
I’ll tell ya! It’s The Perfect Storm!
Could — or even should — Jeff Luhnow and/or A.J. Hinch have seen this coming? I mean, if they’re rocket scientists and magicians with a splash of soothsayer, palm reader and Kreskin. Heck, maybe even part Carnac (that will send some of you to Google rather quickly)!
The Perfect Storm?
Perhaps. The perfect storm is a meteorological term, but it’s also transferable to other situations and circumstances. A la the 2016 Houston Astros. Here’s the definition:
“…a particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors…”
Does that define the Astros in 2016? Sure it does. About the only things that are living up — or down — to expectations this season is that Jose Altuve (and maybe George Springer) continues to play at an MVP level and ticket prices continue to rise.
Here’s a short list of things that have contributed to the 2016 Perfect Storm Season.
Yes, those are only a few of the elements involved in the Astros’ 2016 Perfect Storm season. You can add your own, but these are the things that general managers and managers are fired over, players are released over, youngsters are rushed over and trades are made for.
Now, before you shout me down — and some of those among us may have started typing before getting this far — this is not intended to absolve management at any level. Yes, there are some horrible trades, though many of the players traded away aren’t performing with their new teams either. The GM is always responsible. He gets the blame when the team fails and rarely gets the credit with the team wins.
But there are many factors in the Astros’ failures of 2016 and time is running out to right the ship.