Your humble writer is not so humbly borrowing the title from another Dan …. Rather. And my big interview is with me.
Question. Are you spoiled by this run of successful seasons by the Astros?
Answer. I’ve been a fan of this team for many, many years. As the TV announcers mentioned the other night, even with the big run of winning seasons since 2015, the team is still under .500 in its history – sitting at 4806 wins and 4810 losses heading into Saturday’s game. Only those fans or the Colt .45’s in 1962 have ever seen the team above .500 as they swept the Cubs in their first three games as a franchise and held it above .500 until they fell to 6-6 and then 6-7 in their twelfth and thirteenth games of the season.
Bottom line, like most fans, I’ve sat through so many seasons of bad or mediocre that I deserve to be spoiled a bit. So, yes, I’m a bit spoiled. I’ve earned it.
Question. The Astros have the best record in the American League yet have some obvious holes, health issues, and questions as they head towards the playoffs for the 6th time in a row. Can they break through and win a championship that can put the trash can era in the rearview mirror?
Answer. Too easy a question….any team that makes the playoffs has a shot at winning it all. But, this team does have the type of starting pitching depth they did not have the last two seasons, so they may have a better shot at winning it all this time.
Question. Pick out two reasons the team can win it all and two reasons to be concerned.
Answer. Reasons for …. 1) The starting pitching depth as discussed above. They have 6 pitchers that would likely be accepted on 90% of the rotations in the majors. 2) Been there, done that. This team knows how to win. By losing a ton of fine players, they have made it to the ALCS and/or the World Series for the last five seasons. That is pretty impressive.
Reasons for concern …. 1) Their overachieving bullpen seems to be gravitating downward towards their norm. Nothing derails a team faster than a bullpen that can’t hold a lead. 2) Their offense has a bad tendency to just disappear for games at a time. Their only championship came behind an offense that carried them in a big chunk of the playoffs.
Question. Where would you rank this team vs. 2015 thru 2021 teams?
Answer. This would make a great post all by itself, but here is my simplified ranking….
#1 – 2019
#2 – 2017
#3 – 2022
#4 – 2021
#5 – 2015
#6 – 2020
I truly thought the 2019 team was the best of the bunch, but when you get into the playoffs, a play here or there can make the difference.
How would you answer these questions?