The Astros have been a considerable puzzlement during the 2021 season. They score a run per game more than the second-place Seattle Mariners and 3/4 of a run per game more than the third-place Oakland A’s. Oh, they also score the most runs in the majors per game.
They also give up .15 runs less than the A’s and 0.6 runs less than the M’s and are second best in the AL in runs allowed per game.
That should have put them in a great position to win the division easily, but nah. The A’s fell out of the division race yesterday, no thanks to the Astros, who couldn’t put them away with just one win over the weekend. Their magic number over the M’s is two, but the Mariners have been as hot as the Astros have been cold, winning eight of their last nine. The Astros have lost four in a row when winning a couple would have ended this race, and that included three one-run games and two walk-offs.
But that is the past. All that matters is tonight’s game and every game until the Astro put this thing away or go home for the offseason with their tails between their legs.
Now is the time…
- For Dusty Baker to motivate this bunch of talented players to play up to their talent
- For Jose Altuve to get on base like a leadoff guy should and not twist himself into a pretzel trying to be George Springer Jr.
- For Alex Bregman to rise to the level that a former MVP candidate needs to reach
- For Yordan Alvarez to lay off the out of strike zone stuff even if he is afraid they will ring him up.
- For Carlos Correa to nail down that $300 MM contract
- For Yuli Gurriel to push through and win that hitting title (while helping the team win)
- For Kyle Tucker to continue to square up those pitches like he has been doing for the last five months
- For Jake Meyers and Chas McCormick to give some of that spark that made them so valuable a few weeks ago
- For Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro to guide those pitchers through a challenging last 6 games
- For Aledmys Diaz to pretend he just got off the IL again with the hottest bat in the universe
- For Marwin Gonzalez to channel some of that 2017 specialness from his best season ever
- For Michael Brantley – please, please, please get better soon
- For Zack Greinke work on transplanting your great attitude (I’ll be glad to help out of the bullpen) on to Jake Odorizzi
- For Jake Odorizzi, while there are two I’s in Odorizzi, there are none in Team. Act accordingly
- For Lance McCullers Jr. to quit the snowflake melting every time, there is adversity
- For Framber Valdez to continue the excellent ace pitching, he showed last time out
- For Jose Urquidy and Luis Garcia to step up and stretch out in their next starts
- For Ryan Pressly to shake off the problems of his previous two outings and stop failing when there is no save in sight
- For Kendall Graveman (after he returns from maternity leave) to find the stuff he showed in Seattle.
- For Ryne Stanek to avoid the long balls that plague him off and on
- For Cristian Javier to bring that great stuff every time out
- For Brooks Raley and Blake Taylor to take advantage of every opportunity vs. lefties or righties
- For Yimi Garcia or Phil Maton to bring some value rather than a gas can to the mound
Oh and maybe for the fans, it is time to have a little faith. I know, I know, you have as little faith as possible.