By now, the Astros are no longer a surprise. Sure, their a surprising contender in the AL West, an unlikely presence in the American League postseason picture. But as the second half kicks in tonight, they’re not going to sneak up on anybody. ESPN profiled their second-half hopes, so it must be legit, right? To be honest, I’m feeling kind of 50-50 regarding the Astros’ hopes for the rest of the season. Obviously, they’ve put together a team with some talent and a group of players who produced pretty well over the first half … except for the six-game losing streak right before the All-Star break. The were in first … Continue reading →
Ever since the news broke that Bruce Jenner was planning to “transition into a woman,” I’ve had a very difficult time getting my brain to really understand the situation. Remember, in 1976, when Bruce Jenner won the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics, I was 13. He was “the greatest athlete in the world,” as decathlon gold medalists are often called. He was on the front of the Wheaties box. He was everywhere. Sure, the time since his gold medal has been a long and winding road. And though I’ve never watched a second of that Kardashian show crap, I’ve heard enough about the train wreck he’s been living among over … Continue reading →
The sun was high in a clear blue sky without a single cloud in it. It was on a the warm side, about 85 degrees, and everyone was sweating only five minutes after getting out of the car. The kids on the Little League baseball team were straggling in, some on bikes and others driven […]
Geez. 35-69 after 108 games. It’s almost impossible to remember my last look at the train wreck we call the 2012 Houston Astros, when I recalled how they were so close to .500 at 22-23. They stumbled to finish the first 54 games at 23-31.
Since then, they have just been pathetic. There is no positive spin here, other than the “rebuilding phase” cop out. They went 12-38 over the second third of the season. But they have been worse than the record reflects.
They have the potential to be one of the worst teams in major league history. Their run differential is already one of the largest ever, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t finish the season below .300.
Plain and simple, the Astros are awful.
Astros fans, there is no silver lining to Wednesday night’s loss.
The Astros slide to 10 games below .500.
The Astros get no-hit, perfect game style, by the Giants and Matt Cain.
Worst of all though, the morning-after comments are a mixture of praise for Cain’s achievement and this zinger … “But it was only the Astros.”
Wow. No hits AND no respect.
On May 26, the Astros were 22-23 and they were in a 6-6 tie with the Dodgers in LA. I had predicted 25 wins for the Astros over the first 54 games of the season, and my prediction looked like a lock.
Then A.J. Ellis goes deep for a three-run walk-off, and the Astros drop eight in a row.
With a sweep-avoiding win Sunday over the Reds, the Astros finish the Beginning of the season at 23-31.
On the bright side, they are on pace to exceed the 63-win over/under mark set by Vegas handicappers. Jose Altuve has been a positive, batting .316 out of the gate. Jed Lowrie has been a pleasant surprise with 9 homers and a .291 average.
The Astros are a respectable 8th in the NL in team batting, and the team ERA of 3.99 is a not-so-horrible 10th in the league.
Prior to this most recent skid, with the .500 mark in sight, there were even whispers of words like “competitive” and “relevant” in connection with this team.
But now, it’s going to be hard to get on any Astros bandwagon. This group has proven that the bottom can drop out at any time, and when it does the Astros go from scrappy to crappy in a hurry.
My 75-win prediction is still within reason. Barring an extended collapse, the Astros won’t be the worst team in baseball. Thanks to the Cubs, they have a good chance not to be the worst team in their division.
However, nothing we’ve seen over the first 54 games should have any Astros fans looking at the Reds’ 7.5-game lead over Houston and thinking “Hmmm, seven and a half games isn’t that big a lead.”
I love this promotion. The folks at Valero have a success on their hands.
The day after a Spurs playoff victory, it’s free coffee at any San Antonio area Valero location. Last year, with the Spurs getting knocked out in the first round, there wasn’t much time for this promotion to get any momentum.
But this time around, the Spurs are 10-0 in the playoffs, and you can see the lines on mornings after a win.
Even though we have free coffee every day in our office, I HAVE to stop by Valero and take advantage of the offer.
Besides, how much do we spend on gas at Valero?
How do you put it nicely … I don't expect the 2012 Houston Astros to be nearly the colossal train wreck that many people are predicting.So, that's a positive outlook, relatively speaking.Vegas set the over/under on Astros wins at 63. So if …
My morning commute was ruined by a quote that came from Texas head football coach Mack Brown. Sure, I don't think anyone has ever held Brown in high regard as a great thinker or scholar, but this is something he needs to get straight.He mentioned …
56-106. Worst record in baseball. Seven games worse than the Minnesota Twins.Their records by thirds? 20-34, 15-39, 21-33.So, they played "better" over the final 54 games. Yippee, that's a real run toward excitement.What do we have to lo…