Life is great because of all the wonderful human beings we interact with each day. Unless you are someone who thinks that life would be great if not for all the annoying human beings we interact with each day.
And so it is with our dear Astros. Some fans see the child who bought us the perfect birthday gift last year. Others see the child who we just know is going to either forget our next birthday or is bound to revert to re-gifting us chintzy kitchen gadgets they got as a door prize at a Tupperware party.
So, to make all our loyal readers happy, here are two versions of the same story and it is up to you which one you want to make your own.
Rejoice. The Astros are in the top three in clubs favored to win it all.
Despair. Even with that, they have only about an 18% chance to win it all according to the oddsmakers.
Rejoice. The Astros are only 2 games behind their pace of last season and the 2017 Astros went through an August slump.
Despair. The 2017 Astros were 17 games up after 97 games and this year’s version are only 4 games up.
Despair. Cole and Verlander have 18 wins as of the 12th of July, but the team has wasted 10 or more fine starts from the duo.
Rejoice. The team is on a pace to win 105 games without playing their best ball yet.
Despair. The team is only 14-16 in one-run games.
Rejoice. The Astros beat the A’s 8 straight times this year.
Despair. The Astros lost the last 3 of 4 games against the A’s.
Rejoice. The Astros are 2nd in the AL in runs scored.
Despair. They were first in all of baseball last season.
Rejoice. The Astros starters are first in all of baseball in ERA, WHIP and Innings Pitched.
Despair. They are only 2nd in wins
Rejoice. The Astros bullpen is second in all of baseball in ERA and second in WHIP.
Despair. What have they done lately?
Rejoice. With Charlie Morton‘s addition, the Astros have six players named to the All Star game.
Despair. Big deal – they did that last season.
Rejoice. The Astros know what it takes to win it all.
Despair. Why don’t they win every game if they are such a great team?
Despair But we are likely to lose Morton and Keuchel after this season and McCullers has Ken Giles meltdown potential.
Rejoice. The Astros have strong minor league teams with talent aplenty.
Despair. See Fisher, Reed and White above.
Rejoice. In Jim Crane, Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch the Astros have three strong leaders who have built a behemoth and are not letting egos get in the way of sharing credit.
Despair. They lost 3 out of 4 to the A’s.
Have at it, dear bloggers. Are you in the Rejoice or Despair category and why. I’m in the Rejoice category. They may not win it this year, but they won it last year and have given themselves a great shot to do it again.