The Houston Astros carried a 14 game losing streak into the final game of the season against the New York Yankees. Along with that they carried a 51 – 110 record into the season’s final day. Needless to say, a lot of things went wrong this season as far as wins and losses are concerned. However, there is optimism in the front office and on a few faces of the dugout day in and day out. How is that possible with such a losing season? The answer is that this is a well run organization and a well run team.
They didn’t win many games this season and it isn’t only because their schedule was tough for the last couple of weeks of the season. They really are not that good of a team on the field. What they are doing however is building a winning franchise from the ground up. That unfortunately begins with MLB teams that aren’t very good. The good young players are too little experienced to succeed every single game and a lot of the veterans are not the cream of the crop.
But the Astros were well represented in minor league postseasons. That shows the level of talent that has already been built in the Astros system and they are continuing to build it. They do not have a winning legacy right now but they are not really the same team that had a couple of decades of play in the National League. This is a brand new franchise that just happens to have the same name as an old N.L. team.
Considering things from that perspective, no one could have expected this team to win the division or something this year. It has been about teaching the young guys how to play the game the right way and most importantly teach them how to win. Winning is not magic in MLB, it takes time. Sure they could buy enough free agents to compete but that would be empty and would not result in a decade of success the way their current path should. It will take a few years but this season, as bad as the record was, shows exactly the type of things a franchise should do in the first few seasons. I say they should look at it as a success.