It's Astros' time of year
It’s that time of year again.
The Houston Astros’ time of year.
Forget what happened before the All-Star break. Watch what happens the rest of the way.
The Astros under Phil Garner EXPECT to win after the All-Star break.
Houston took two of three games from the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers before winning two of the first three (in a four-game series) from the San Diego Padres, who top the NL Wild Card standings.
The Astros have won six of their last nine.
Sure, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are gone. But the pitching staff is tied for No. 3 with Chicago and Atlanta in the National League with 54 quality starts. The Astros have more quality starts than Milwaukee (48) and St. Louis (40) – two teams ahead of them in the NL Central.
And someone will unexpectedly emerge in Hunter Pence’s absence to help Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman carry the offensive load.
Remember this: The Astros will win the NL Central this year. (The Cubs will overtake the Brewers in the wild-card race.)
I guarantee it.
Jason and Roy, my good friends, we’ll have a good time in Houston this October.