Legends On Deck

Astros Are Back On Track


The Houston Astros led the American League West for most of the summer until a six game losing streak leading up to the All-Star game knocked them out of first and behind the surging Los Angeles Angels.

But since the break, the ‘Stros are 7-3 in their last ten games and as of Wednesday, find themselves tied for first with the Halos after a wild 10-5 slug fest on Tuesday behind Jose Altuve‘s five RBIs and Carlos Correa and Chris Carter home runs.

It has been a season full of great surprises for this young bunch, especially watching the emergence of their top prospect Correa, who is batting .299, 14 doubles, nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 42 games.  Altuve, the 2014 AL Batting Champ, has played more than double the games and is batting .305, with nine homes runs and 48 RBIs which in comparison shows just how much of an impact Correa has had on the team.

Both pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have done their part in keeping the team in games and both have posted a 12-5 record so far in 2015. The Astros also added an extra punch to their rotation when they acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland A’s for RHP Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham.

In his first start for the Astros, Kazmir tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits, a walk, and three strikeouts to earn his first victory with his new club. On the season, the lefty is 6-5, with a 2.24 ERA and 104 strike outs in 116.2 innings.

With the Trade Deadline set for Friday, there isn’t any indication that the Astros will make any other deals, but as they sit right now, they are poised at a run at the Division Title, especially if they continue to dominate the Halos.

The second half of Astros’ baseball is gearing up to be a thrill ride to the finish.

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