Do you have pennant fever?
The last week has seen the Astros play some incredible baseball, capped with the sweep of the first-place Cardinals. They split a series in L.A. with the Dodgers, who have the best record in baseball, and likely should have won three of four games. They swept a Cardinals team that manhandled them earlier in the year.
Since May 30, they Astros are 30-17 and they have gone 11-4 since getting shut out in back-to-back games in San Francisco July 3-4. What’s changed? The starting pitching, led by Wandy Rodriguez and Roy Oswalt, has been terrific, and they are finally getting some clutch hits.
Before you get too excited, just remember that are more than two months remaining and a long way to go. I’m not ready to say quite yet the Astros will be contenders into September. They open a huge road trip Monday with four games in Chicago and then three more in St. Louis. If they come out of that trip still within striking distance of first place, we might have ourselves a pennant race.