AL West leader
Overall record (through Sunday): 72-45
Last week: 1-5
This week: At Arizona Diamondbacks (Mon.-Tue); vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Wed.-Thu.); vs. Oakland Athletics (Fri.-Sun.)
Is it time to panic in Houston?
Well, that depends.
This team still has a commanding lead in the West Division. It’s grasp on home-field advantage through the ALCS is less secure than it once was, but the Astros are still in the driver’s seat.
The problem is that this team just doesn’t look like a World Series contender right now. Emphasis on the “right now” part.
A solid, if unspectacular, performance from Dallas Keuchel on Sunday gives Houston hope its ace is rounding in to form.
Bottom line, though, is the Astros stayed pat at the trade deadline when they could have solidified themselves as the AL’s best chance to win the World Series.
We’ll have to wait and see if it leads to an early postseason exit.