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A good example of how long the season feels: Remember when Tyler White was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise bad team? It seems ages ago. It was actually three months ago.
One of the most impressive players in the Futures Game was Alex Bregman, who we just may see in the bigs soon. The Astros could definitely use him at third and move Luis Valbuena to first.
After all they went through in April, they now sit just a half-game out of the second Wild Card spot.
On May 22, the Astros were 10 games out of first in the AL West. They've gone 24-9 since then -- the second-best record in the majors during that time to the Rangers -- and are still 10 games out. Damn, that's rough, but it shouldn't prevent the continued rise in The Official Power Rankings.
The Astros haven't been over .500 since winning on Opening Day, but they have battled back -- from 11 games under at the worst -- to even things up at 36-36. The division still seems out of the question, but they are a mere three games out of a wild card spot.
They've lost five of eight and the hot streak is officially over. Plus, Dallas Keuchel appears to be officially broken. On the bright side, they've won nine straight games started by uber-cheap offseason pickup Doug Fister.
0-8 against the Rangers, 28-24 against everyone else. Maybe it's time for Ken Giles to tell us which team is more talented? Oh wait, he already did that.
They won seven of their last eight to conclude a 17-12 May and that's what most of us thought we'd see from the get-go. They'd surely love a mulligan on April. My hunch is it costs them the playoffs. If you think this ranking is aggressive, what team behind the Astros here would beat them in a seven-game series right now? I've got zero.
Just when there was reason for optimism, they went out and lost four straight (until Tuesday's extra-inning win). Looks like a lost season by now in the #process.
The Astros are among the offensive leaders in home runs, walks, on-base percentage and strikeouts while posting a low team average. Good God, that's Adam Dunn's music! (Yes, they also steal lots of bases but did you know Dunn swiped 19 in a season once?).
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.357
HRGeorge Springer , RF22
RBICarlos Correa , SS65
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.423
SLGJose Altuve , 2B.565
RJose Altuve , 2B75
SBJose Altuve , 2B25
WDoug Fister , SP10
ERADoug Fister , SP3.73
WHIPDoug Fister , SP1.28
KDallas Keuchel , SP115
SVLuke Gregerson , RP14

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