Ten Reasons to Keep Watching the Astros
The Astros, post-All-Star break, have been much like the Astros pre-All-Star break. They're still losing -- they were swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend. The offense is still awful. They're decimated by injuries. And management is still making tons of head-scratching decisions. So you're probably wondering why you should pay attention to the team. Don't worry, I have a few reasons why you should still be watching.
10. There's the philosophical stylings of resident PED abuser, pothead, lackadaisical outfielder, no-hit strike-out machine, leadoff batter Jordan Schafer. Take Friday, for instance, when Schafer decided to come to the defense of Joe Paterno. Apparently, donating millions of dollars to a school and winning football games means more than covering up the actions of a child rapist. (And people wonder why the Braves were so willing to give up on Schafer.)
9. What happens first: The Rockets win a playoff series or the Astros finally reach double digits in road wins?
8. Are you a young player trying to learn the fundamentals of baseball? Then you definitely want to watch the Astros because this team couldn't spell fundamental if you spotted them the "undamental." Block pitches in the dirt? Nope. Throw to the right base? Nope. Run the bases correctly? Nope. Just watch what the Astros do and then do the exact opposite when you play.
7. Watching the death march of Brad Mills. No person with any intelligence thinks that Mills is returning as manager next season. But Jim Crane said on Friday that Jeff Luhnow won't make a decision regarding Mills until the off-season. So, if you want to continue watching a manager use six pitchers an inning and push the wrong button every time a button needs to be pushed, then this may be your last, best chance to watch.
6. The Astros had never lost 100 games in their history until last season. This year, they're on the verge of doing it again, so pull up a chair and see if they can beat last season's mark of ineptitude.