In case you stepped away from the game of baseball after the Astros' 0-8 start...or off of a cliff, it now appears safe to return to your homes and places of business. It's impossible to give an honest assessment of a team after just six games, but the Astros have played solid baseball over the "second half" of their 2010 season. The 0-8 start is quickly becoming a fading memory. After tonight's 5-4 win against the Marlins, the Astros have indeed turned things around...at least for the time being.
Damn me for my tempered optimism, but I don't want to wake up tomorrow and find that this has all been some sort of dream. A dream where my favorite baseball team plays competently. A dream where Cudly Budly shows why the team is so high on his future. True, he only pitched five innings while giving up three runs, but Norris pitched four innings of no hit baseball to start the game. He attacked hitters much like he did against the Cardinals in his last start. A 49-37 Strike:Ball ratio doesn't tell the whole story. When Bud missed, he missed with a purpose, unlike in his first start against the Phillies: