Astros 2023: Crisis mode?

On the drive into work Tuesday morning, there was quite a bit of discussion on the Astros’ starting pitching situation based on Lance McCullers Jr.’s wonky elbow and Hunter Brown and his healthy elbow playing the role of the Pitching Stud Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight. Sean Pendergast on 610 AM had apparently tweeted something on this subject that it was a bit of a crisis situation for the Astros. Undoubtedly, it was a problem, but his broadcasting partner Seth Payne said maybe it was a hurdle rather than a crisis.

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Astros’ Renaissance Men: Part 1

After the disastrous seasons of 2011-2014, when the Astros averaged a record of 58 wins and 104 losses, the sun broke through in 2015 and has stayed shining on up through their second World Championship in 2022. This period of 2015 to 2022 has been a Renaissance of sorts for the team and the fans as the team has had an average record of 97-65, won two World Series, made it to two others and reached the ALCS 6 times in a row.

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Since 2015: Who is the best?

Today’s post is a bit of self-subscribed homework for your loyal servant. Which team has been the best in baseball since 2015? Choosing 2015 coincides with the Astros Renaissance, so if you don’t like that cut-off….please read elsewhere. I chose to chart the teams that were the most consistently good during this period, even if they have fallen on hard times (e.g. Nats).

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