As we’ve discussed before, the baseball season is a marathon and the Astros are turning for the home stretch of the last couple miles of their race. The hope is they will be around for a couple extra miles after the regular race finishes.
The Astros are aiming to clinch in the next couple games and as we wait for that blessed event here are five questions to ponder.
1) Even if healthy is it too late to insert Lance McCullers Jr into the rotation?
At this point with about 15 games to go could he get it together enough to be a dependable option in the playoffs? Pitchers just don’t show up after injuries and turn the switch on as the M’s James Paxton showed Friday night. Does he make their rotation better or worse?
Yes, the Randy Johnson and Carlos Beltran trades were significant at the time, but they were both rentals. The answer to this may lie in whether the Astros are the last men standing in this or the next two seasons.
3) Would you rather be the Astros or the Indians?
In other words would you rather be the super red hot team, who may cool off in the last couple weeks entering the playoffs or the team that seems to be righting the ship after injury and performance adversity produced mediocre results?
4) Jose Altuve is the front runner for AL MVP. But is he the Astros MVP??
5) Often in the playoffs heroics come from unexpected places. Who under the radar player could be a critical cog in an Astros playoff run?
Anyway, here’s hoping the Astros clinch that title this weekend and surge back ahead of the Indians.