An Off Day Comes At the Perfect Time for the Houston Astros

By Lee White
Houston Astros
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Houston Astros have certainly had their highs and their lows in this season. The team has just completed a stretch where they played 20 games in a row without a single off day.

Both their highest moments and their lowest moments came during this stretch if you ask me. This team is tired, and they have shown it. In fact, if it wasn’t for the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game, the Astros would have been shut out in back-to-back games by has-beens like Jeremy Bonderman and Aaron Harang.

For any club, 20 straight games is a tough task, but for a club that is rebuilding and as inconsistent as the Astros, 20 games in a row could only end badly. To be honest, it had to be some of the worst baseball I have seen the Astros play in quite some time. The defense was all over the place as they made six errors in three games. The offense couldn’t get a single thing started for those 17 innings, and if they did, it seemed like it was sure to end as quick as it started.

The most frustrating thing about the whole ordeal was the fact that every starting pitcher for the Astros pitched well enough to get the win. Unfortunately, none of them got the wins they deserved. Sure, the defense had a lot to do with this, but the offense couldn’t score runs to save their lives until the ninth inning of Wednesday’s win.

For the Astros, this off day couldn’t come at a better time. The Astros scored six runs in the ninth to snap their six-game losing streak. It was great for the Astros to get off the schnide, but for tomorrow, they need to rest because they’ll be right back at it come Friday.

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