The Houston Astros currently have a record of 26-35 and sit in fifth place of a weak NL Central. The three powerhouse teams of the division—the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and defending World Series champions St. Louis Cardinals—have all played below expectations in 2012. The division is up for the taking, and a surprise team could end up winning the whole thing this year.
Unfortunately for Astros fans, the Pirates seem to be the one seizing the opportunity. This isn't to say Houston hasn't had opportunities. I have pinpointed five games that the Astros should have won, but due to late-inning troubles they fell into the loss column.
Here is some food for thought: If Houston won these five games, they would be 31-30 and within a game of the division lead.