Let’s have a talk about the Houston Astros.
Remember, through early June they — not the out-of-control-good Dodgers — were the toast of baseball. With a 42-16 record, which is a pace of 117 wins, we were breaking out all the superlatives. There were stats floating around about teams that had started with such a good record. They had a Cy Young candidate and three MVP candidates. The division lead was 14 games and it was pretty much already over.
Fast-forward to right now and the latter point still holds. The rest, well, things look quite a bit different.
The Astros have only gone 31-30 since then. It’s not bad at all, but it’s not good. Going to a smaller sample, they are only 6-13 since July 25. The only team in that span with a worse record is the Braves. Their .