One of the occupational hazards of being a baseball fan is a general inability to smell the roses; to live in the moment. If a team is going well, there is angst and focus on the calamities that are bound to appear during the rest of the season. If the team has stunk up to this point, there is angst and focus on all the calamities that have brought them to this sad state. If the team is pretty good, everyone obsesses on the injuries, the bullpen collapses, the missed opportunities, etc. that have prevented the team from being the monster it could be.
So today is a day to appreciate the terrific start that the Houston 25 have gifted to their fans. Here then is a list of ten reasons for every Astro fan to be happy.
- Top Shelf – After Wednesday afternoon’s win the Astros had a 23-11 record and a 6 game lead in their division over the Mariners and 9 games over the South Denton Rangers.
- Consistently Competitive – The Astros are almost always in their games – they have only lost two of what are defined as blowouts (losing by 5 or more runs) in the first 32 games.
- Never Say Never – The Astros cannot be counted out of games. They have now come from behind to win fifteen times, including three times when down 5-0
- Dallas Keuchel – the April AL pitcher of the month has set the pace for the team with a 5-0 record and a great imitation of Cy Keuchel from 2015.
- Many Hands Make Light Work – Despite really not having individual players topping the hitting categories, their deep and solid lineup is 1st in BA, 2nd in OBP and OPS and 3rd in runs scored.
- The Sharpest Blade in the Drawer – Swiss Army Knife Marwin Gonzalez leads the team in HRs, RBIs and OPS while playing 5 different positions.
- Belt Buckle Bestowal – RF Josh Reddick has brought his solid bat, solid glove and WWE sensibilities to the clubhouse and has begun awarding a fancy belt buckle that he purchased and designed to a player after every Astros win.
- Pop-Pop Fizz-Fizz – Relief has come in varying quantities, and qualities, led by the change-up zen master Chris Devenski.
- Why Stop at Nine – The Astros are a perfect 4-0 in extra inning games this season.
- The Best is Yet to Come – Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran have just started warming up lately, Alex Bregman has not connected for his first dinger, James Hoyt has pitched only 5.2 innings (but struck out 13 of those 17 outs) and Collin McHugh is just starting to throw a little. There is some room for improvement.
So…..what makes you happy about our little hometown club?