Anyone who has paid attention to the way Bo Porter manages his Houston Astros roster would not be surprised at all that they seem to be playing above their talent level against the various playoff teams they are facing at the end of the 2013 MLB season. No self-respecting team would enjoy being the “easy out” for a playoff team heading into the postseason and Porter is making sure his team is not that at all.
They have so far faced the Cincinnati Reds for three games and the Cleveland Indians for two. The first two games against the Reds weren’t close but the last three were each decided by one run. Scores of 6 – 5, 2 – 1 and 2 – 1 tell you all you need to know. This team is competing just the way you would expect a Porter team to do if you have watched his managing style.
This team plays the game of baseball the right way. When they are doing things the way Porter wants them to, they do everything the unwritten correct way to play says they should. That includes playing their hearts out against the playoff-bound teams that are much better than they are. The Indians got a second straight win off of them on Friday but the Astros can look at themselves proud for making them work for it as they should.