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Dis-Astros Put Their Backs Against The Wall


Houston (+110) at M’s 

Wow. What a disaster unfolding in Houston. Was it arrogance that sunk the champs?

12 games ago, the Astros had swept Texas in Arlington with a run barrage reminiscent of the 1927 New York Yankees.

They leapt to a 2.5 game in the A.L. West with a powder-puff schedule: nine of the next 12 games against the two worst teams in baseball – the Royals and A’s.

The race for the pennant was supposed to be a joke.

But then the champs realized they actually had to play the games to win.

They proceeded to lose 10 of their next 13 games, culminating in a humbling sweep at home at the hands of Kansas City, who came in with 103 losses.

That left their home record for the season at a shocking 39-42. They have lost 17 games at homes that were sellouts.

I guess the good news is the Astros go on the road, where they are 20 games over .500.

This is really a doctrine on baseball arrogance. No one told Oakland and KC about the coronation.

Now the Dis-Astros are a series from being eliminated from the playoffs altogether. Let that sink in.

Houston is a desperate ball-club. They turn to their ace, Justin Verlander tonight at Seattle in a must-win game.

It’s now or never. I like Verlander when the whole world rests on his shoulders.

Seattle has owned Houston this season. I’m going counter trend.

Pick: Houston (+110) 


  • John Fredericks, Publisher

    John Fredericks, the Godzilla of Truth, has spent more than 40 years in the media, previously working as a journalist, newspaper editor, and television host. Fredericks is an avid sports fan, journalist, and handicapper. He brings his unique voice and style, crafted by years of political commentary broadcast on the airwaves, to the world of sports. He cut his teeth on the radio announcing high school football, basketball and baseball games. His weekly column, You Can't Buy Culture, follows ebbs and flows of a diehard fan at the whims of his favorite teams.

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