While the losing streak climbs to four, the Astros still sit nicely in the standings.
The art of losing and winning is like no other in baseball. As much as you expect the players with the better number to win, they will come up short due to human error and preparation. From a sweep in Arlington to a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, the Houston Astros are on a four game losing streak, but it came at the right time.
After grabbing two of three in Oakland, the boys in orange have slumped at the plate and mostly in the bullpen. The Astros have played in two less games than the A’s this season, but they sit only one game back of first place at 26-22. The A’s are currently 4-6 in their last 10 and sit at a comfortable 28-22, while the three other AL West teams are 4.5 and 6 games behind the league leaders.
This might feel like a standings watch in only May, but it’s helpful to know that the A’s aren’t pulling away in a rough patch for the Astros. We have seen players like Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve pick up their numbers even more once the Dog Days roll around, but as run support hasn’t been stellar, the bullpen isn’t keeping games close either.
From Jose Altuve losing his 17-game hitting streak to Zack Greinke reaching 3,000 career innings, this losing streak has seen two different sides of future Hall of Famers. Yet, the case stands that the Astros aren’t dipping down the standings two months in, but the next six games are housing the San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox. This will make the circumstances enthralling.