All Things Astros and a whole lot more
We’re living in kooky, wacky, insane times. Don’t believe me, just turn on the TV, check your favorite Internet site or stop by the water cooler at the office tomorrow. It’s crazy. Teams that are supposed to win are losing. Players that should be on the field are not. Expectations are topsy-turvy.
Yes, we live in kooky, wacky, insane times!
Besides that, there is Irma, Jose, Harvey, fires in the west, earthquakes to the south and more. Yes, it seems that the world is in stormy, turbulent upheaval.
But let’s stay focused here. The Astros are at the crossroads. Something has to give. Someone has to take charge. Now is the time. Indeed, Jeff Luhnow may have earned himself the Executive of the Year awards with piecing together a should-be winning roster. But to what end?
Frankly, a division title is little victory if the Astros aren’t playing in late October.
Now, the focus is clearly on the field. The pennant is in the hands of A.J. Hinch and the 25-30 players who will take the field over the next few weeks. This time next month, we’ll gather on these pages to lament what could have been or celebrate the next season of baseball.
The Astros, once at the head of the class of the American League, relinquished that seat weeks ago. You wanted a race? You got it! Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully. Stay tuned.
Injuries aside, here are a few things the Astros must do to regain their swagger.
To be sure, most of these players are in a pennant race for the first time. Many have taken on roles in recent weeks they have never had to take on before. And some are dealing with the adversity of slumps and/or injuries, at the wrong time of the pennant race.
And, yes, injuries have played a part. Some players probably missed time they didn’t have to because of the huge lead. Now, there is not that luxury. Hinch needs to find the players who can win now, not in October.
Make no mistake: If the Astros can’t put it together now, they won’t have a prayer in October. Yes, we live in kooky, wacky, insane times. But the playoffs are underway.
Luhnow is in line for his post-season award. Now, Hinch and a few players need to push their way back to the front of the line for theirs!
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