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)