By: Ross Sutton
The Astros are dominating yet again, as they have now won eleven games in a row. The Astros fell out of first place in the AL West after a few tough series against the Indians, Yankees, Red Sox, and Mariners, but now Houston is back in full force. The Astros are doing exactly what a championship team needs to do, beat the bad teams. In their last ten games, the Astros have played the Rangers, A’s, and Royals, three of the weaker teams in the American League. To make matters worse for the rest of the American League, Houston could have a scary-good record by the time the All-Star break rolls around, as the rest of their series until the break are against the Rays, Royals, Blue Jays, Rays, Rangers, White Sox, A’s, and Tigers. All of these teams are not strong at all and the Astros should have a great chance to win every one of those series.
Not only are the Astros riding an impressive eleven-game win streak, but they are leading the league in a bunch of team statistics. The Astros currently lead all teams in batting average, RBIs, runs, hits, ERA, strikeouts, batting average against, and WHIP. Any opposing team should be terrified that the defending champs lead the league in runs and ERA. The Astros score a ton of runs, and the pitchers continuously keep them in games, so I’m not sure how the Astros can be beaten if they keep this up, and I think they will. The Astros dominance could very well lead to the other top tier teams in the AL like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Indians being extremely aggressive around the trade deadline in an attempt to put together a team that can beat Houston in the October. I really don’t know what’s going to happen at the trade deadline this year, but I think it will be super exciting as the top AL teams try to make themselves the favorites for the pennant.
All stats courtesy of mlb.com
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