A 5-11 start to the season has injected the Astros with a bit of urgency after showing a lot of faith in the "long season" mantra of baseball in the early going.
They started with a 1-5 trip, and after a 4-6 homestand, now head back out on the road for three in New York against the Mets and three in Milwaukee.
"We do need to get on a roll," Bill Hall said. "It's all about winning series."
That last part has eluded the Astros so far with series losses to Philadelphia (0-3), Cincinnati (1-2), Florida (1-2) and Chicago (1-2) and a split of a four-game series against San Diego.
While winning a series would be a good start in the right direction, Hall has higher aspirations for the club he joined this offseason.
"Usually when you go on the road, you want to finish around .500," Hall said. "But with the way we've played so far, we definitely to get on a win streak and hopefully win four or five or maybe even six games on this road trip."
The 4-6 record on the homestand could have easily been flipped, were it not for some shaky play at the ends of games on offense and especially in the bullpen.
Manager Brad Mills doesn't see that as demoralizing, rather as a sign that a turnaround is within reach.
"There were a lot of games that we could have won that got away from us," Mills said. "I think they're seeing that now and they're seeing the way we're playing and they're seeing that it's right there."
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