The Astros are still losing, but now they're interrupting their losses with a win here and there. Win one, lose two.
And believe it or not, that's improvement.
I like what the Cardinals are saying right now: It doesn't matter where you are on the list right now. What matters is where you are when the postseason starts. Are you in it, or not? And right now, no one is out of it.
The Astros have got to be seeing it like that, after their near-historic ten-game losing streak, which only ended with a win against the Cincinatti Reds in Houston on 31 May. But since then, we've dropped four out of six, which hardly looks like the way back. But ya gotta start somewhere, and we here at the vaunted Tengu House Sports Department are looking forward to seeing where the Astros are when the postseason starts.
In other news, the Astros are heading for Chicago to play both the Pale Hose and the Cubbies, and MLB.com is reporting that Carlos Lee and Craig Biggio will be the designated hitters in the Hose's house.
I know it may sound strange, since they swept us in the World Series a couple years back, but I love the White Sox, and I look forward to every opportunity the Astros have in their house. It looks to us here at Tengu House like Scrap Iron is looking forward to it, too. And the Cubbies are the official second team of Tengu House (Braves are third).
Incidentally, this is going to be the first time any baseball team ever goes to Chicago to play the Sox and Cubs back-to-back. We'll see how it goes. Personally, I'm expecting to take one game but lose the series against the Sox, but take the make-up game from the Cubs. Just my hunch - but you'all know how baseball is. We could sweep or be swept, in any given series. Either way, it's still an improvement over a ten-game losing streak. We're coming back, everyone. Mark my words. But it's a long road, so don't expect to see us at the top of the NL Central until late in the season.
But when that last week or two comes around, check out where the Astros are - we'll be in there, battling away like our lives are on the line, and taking either the Division or the Wild Card. You watch. And when it happens, you can say, "Wow, Smootchie was right!"
Smootchie, shown here in her David Carr #8 jersey, is a regular sports reporter for Tengu House.
Time for a BLUE UPDATE:
Looks like Smootchie was right (I edited her post to predict that the Astros would take one out of three from the White Sox). In fact, the Astros took two out of three and the series from the Sox, and now head for the Friendly Confines looking strong. Just as Smootchie originally predicted. She also predicted a win against the Cubbies, which is also my prediction. Lookin purdy good right now. ~scruff