Forget the 5-9 overall record; the Houston Astros are on fire, having won four straight and five of their last six games after a dismal start to the season.
People may have called me crazy when the season was first beginning and I made on-air statements about how the Astros would contend this year in the National League Central.
Though those same people may still think I’m crazy for having such faith in a club that seems to yearly disappoint, I truly believe Houston’s baseball team has begun turning things around in the right direction.
So, call me insane for remaining optimistic, but I believe the Houston Astros can and will be back in the race for the NL Central by mid-May.
What has it taken for the slow-starting, suddenly surging ‘Stros to get back in the swing of things?
Amazingly, Lance Berkman’s bat has been fairly quiet since his return—but maybe his presence alone has uplifted this squad, because since Puma has rejoined the club, Houston has rattled off two straight wins (with the team taking four in a row overall).
Clutch hitting, pinch-hit RBIs, the speedy legs of Michal Bourn, and premier pitching are all major factors in the Astros' current streak.
Narrowing that list down to five, let’s take a quick look at how Houston’s baseball team is beginning to make some major noise in the majors...