This past weekend's sweep at the hands of the surging Diamondbacks aside, things are looking up for the Astros. Houston's late inning heroics at the plate are becoming commonplace. Just look at their recent 3 game sweep of the NL Central Cubs. In the final 3 innings of each game, the Astros tallied a combined 13 runs, highlighted by Tuesday night's six run ninth inning explosion, securing Houston's 7-3 victory.
The Houston pitching staff is improving as well. Jordan Lyles, in his Major League debut, looked like a crafty veteran, instead of the 20 year-old rookie. While he did not get the win, he shut out the Cubs line-up at bay, until finally getting tagged for a couple of runs in the 8th. Wednesday afternoon, ace Brett Myers lived up to that title, holding Chicago to just a single run, as Houston won 3-1.
The big challenge lies ahead for the Astros. A west coast swing, which begins in San Diego tomorrow night, will prove the true worth of this improving squad. But for now, sit back and enjoy this team of over-achievers that may very well get back into the NL Central race by the All-Star Break.