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Astros Blast: A Week’s Worth of Losses

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Apr 14, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) reacts after Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) reacts after Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Astros now have a week’s worth of losses to their credit.

Poor pitching, no hitting at times, and questionable decision making on the field has left the Astros with a 3-7 record. It is what it is. The Astros have played a bad baseball team for the majority of their first ten games. Nothing more, nothing less.

However, there is reason for hope as the team is only one game off their record in 2015, and we all know how that season played out. It is just too early to be in extreme panic mode. But there are causes of concern.

Last night’s 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals, and the series loss in general, will hopefully serve as a wake up call for the Astros. As it stands now, this team cannot compete with the likes of the top teams in baseball. But the talent is there for that to change, and in relatively quick order.

For instance, the offense still remains one of the more potent in the game. Sooner or later, Carlos Gomez will start hitting again. Or at least that is the hope. George Springer will start showing more consistency at the plate, and Jose Altuve is already demonstrating signs of improved play. And the pitching staff should be more consistent once Lance McCullers returns and Ken Giles overcomes his early season struggles.

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Now the Astros will face the Detroit Tigers in a three-game set this weekend that could help turn this whole thing around if the team takes care of business. We better hope that is the case as the team does take off for a quick three-game road series with the Texas Rangers.

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