The Houston Astros have lost 10 of their 18 games in August and five of their last ten. While there’s no shame in playing at a .500 clip, the Astros are going to need to do more than that if they want to win the American League West, let alone secure themselves a playoff spot.
They sit just two games above the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. That doesn’t sound like that big of a problem except that the Astros offense, that was so strong for the majority of this season, appears to be fading with approximately 40 games left to play in the regular season.
As we all know, in baseball, anything can happen. In 2012, the Oakland Athletics were, while not mathematically eliminated, five games behind the first-place Texas Rangers with nine games left to play in the season. The A’s ended up defeating the Rangers in the final game of the season and won the AL Western Division Title. That was a rare occurrence; however, it shows how small a two-game margin is with so much of the season left.
The Astros started off the season strong. Stronger than anyone expected. The consensus around baseball was that the Astros were going to be good, but that they were not going to win a division title, let alone a World Series, until at least 2017.
The Astros changed some minds on that idea with their power numbers in the first half. Those numbers have since dwindled and could, in the end, end up costing them the playoffs …. For more on this story use the link below to go to Today’s Knuckleball: