Buckle up Houston Astros fans. This year is going to be another tough one for your Astros. I believe the AL West to be one of the best divisions in all of baseball. You know about the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels, but now that the Oakland Athletics came out of nowhere last season, that is going to make things tougher not just on the Astros, but on every team in that division. The Astros have been becoming a better team within the organization, but this move may slow their progress down a bit at the Major League level.
Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that the Astros are a better team than they were a year ago. With new manager Bo Porter at helm, this team is only going to trend upwards on the field of play. Not to mention, the front office has really made this team turn 180 degrees. With the help of Jeff Luhnow, this team went from having one of the worst farm systems in baseball to having a top 10 farm system in all of baseball. That is a dramatic change in this organization.
This season is the year I believe we will see the Astros starting to trend upward. Not only the morale of the team, but also in the win column. I’m not saying this team is going to surprise anyone this season. By no means am I saying that. But a 65 win season is more than feasible with this team. I truly believe the 2013 Astros are much improved from the 2012 Astros.
With all that said, it is still going to be a tough year for the Astros and their fans. As of March 6, the Astros and Comcast Houston have still not made a deal with any major TV providers. That is only making it tougher on the fans.
Don’t fret Astros fans. Though this year isn’t going to be pretty, the future is looking brighter than ever. Good things are coming for Houston, and when they do it will be a beautiful thing for the fans who have suffered through 213 losses in the last two seasons.