Bring on the second half
Jose Valverde is boarding my flight to Los Angeles as I sit at the airport Thursday morning. At least we know the Astros didn’t trade him. Valverde is going to be a key piece to the Astros’ second-half chances if they’re to make a run to the playoffs.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Astros’ season comes down to the final days of the season as it has so many times in the past. I think we’ll know in the next three weeks whether we have contenders on our hands. The schedule to start the second half is brutal, beginning with this week’s series at Los Angeles.
The Astros also play road trips at St. Louis and Chicago in the coming weeks and play host to St. Louis and the Mets. Entering Thursday, 30 of the Astros’ next 33 games are teams that currently have a winning record. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be interesting.