All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Oh, and was it you that projected the Astros would lead the league in strikeouts this season? Oh wait, that probably was you!
Frankly, few of our predictions, wishes and projections — yes, yours, mine and others — have come true for Houston this season. It’s been a strange season to be sure.
But, still, with 35 games to go down the stretch, do the Astros have a chance to pull it out? Well, let’s take a look.
As of this writing, here’s what we know. The Astros:
Questions abound with the lineup and especially the rotation. The team has clearly underperformed this season. Injuries continue to throw curves to A.J. Hinch.
Making the playoffs may not require a miracle run or a Philadelphia 1964-like collapse, but the odds are against Houston at this point. It’s really too late to sell off, but it’s not too early to start to plan for the off-season.
Can they make that stretch run? Will they be a relevant player down the stretch? Basically, the answer is yes. But it will require younger players to play beyond their years, veterans to step up to the plate above their season-to-date performances and some magic, luck and even a little wizadry.
So, with that background, here are your questions: