Saturday, August 5, 2017
Don't Stop Now
How Will the Astros Be Without Carlos Correa and George Springer? Well, this month we sure are finding out.
No doubt that those two players were responsible for a great deal of the momentum, but it's easy to get worried when both of them are on the DL. Yes, this is an amazing team with a ton of depth, but even the best of teams can be hopeless without its core stars.
Luckily Jose Altuve is still having a career year (I swear, if he doesn't get his MVP this year, the game's flawed), and Dallas Keuchel is back to absolutely MURDERING batters on the mound. Alex Bregman has FINALLY come around and is having a great season. The trio of new blood, including Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick and Brian McCann, isn't doing half bad, with an emphasis on the revitalization of Josh Reddick. When even Mike Fiers and Charlie Morton are doing well for you, you know the momentum's on fire. Plus, the arrival of people like Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher into the fold, guys that can play multiple positions and still hit well, bode well for this period of time without Springer and Correa.
This season's heading to a quick endgame, and someone's going to have to combat the inevitability of the Dodgers winning. In a perfect world, the Astros can do that. I know it's never likely that the top two teams will make it all the way to the end, but the Astros aren't giving me many reasons why not right now.
Coming Tomorrow- They may be in third place, but they're hugging the NL Wild Card like nobody else in baseball. Unfortunately, 'somebody else in baseball' is in 2nd place in their division.