The Houston Astros seem to have come into every season post-scandal with a lot to prove, and every year so far, they have delivered. They’ve done so in 2022 to an even greater extent. The team has arguably the most well-rounded pitching staff in baseball and they haven’t even reached their full offensive potential, so this is a very confident organization and fanbase heading into the 2nd half.
Quite frankly, they’ve earned the right to be confident. Again, only the Yankees and Dodgers can also claim to be World Series favorites. The few injury problems they have should be resolved immediately after the All-Star break. Expectations are sky-high once again in H-town, and they have shown us that the golden era of sustained playoff success doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.