Prior to the beginning of the season, in my usual optimistic spirit, I wrote an article attempting to forecast the outcome of the Houston Astros' 2015 season. If I recall correctly, the outcome was a few games above five hundred with a little bit of luck. Shows what I knew.
Success is relative to expectations. We watched the Astros play October ball, we watched the Astros brush aside the Yankees in the wild card game, and we watched the Astros go to game five with the reigning American League champions. But, more importantly, we watched an Astros team, who nobody expected much from, play a remarkable season of baseball.
Incredibly so, the Astros were actually a little unlucky. If you're into base runs, or cluster luck, or anything of the sort, the Astros were by far the best team in the West. The Rangers shouldn't even have been close, never mind ahead. Yet, I'm not annoyed in the slightest.
This, somehow, unlucky Astros team was more than any of us could have hoped for. Once the laughing stock of baseball, now a formidable force out West. This season was great, one to remember, in fact, but next season will be even better. The year after that? Better yet.
It's an exciting time to be an Astros fan, that's for sure. I guess I'm just here to say: the World Series this year, especially with our big, all in, trades, would've been lovely. But, reaching the Division Series and going five games, toe to toe with the best in the game, is incredible.
Before our very eyes, Dallas Keuchel grew into a Cy Young calibre ace; Carlos Correa is everything we hoped for, and probably, a little more; the bullpen, yes the bullpen, was one of the best in baseball. And that's just to name a few. Looking at the bigger picture, before our very eyes, the Houston Astros grew into a playoff baseball team.
The Houston Astros grew into the team we had been waiting for.