Maybe you like to hurt yourself. Maybe that's how you roll. If that is the case, besides perhaps seeking professional help, you might want to watch our Houston Astros this year because you would just about have to be a masochist to follow them. After a surprising run of wins last month, the 'Stros began another nosedive that provides some hint of what is to come, another 100-loss season in what is a now historic run of disasters.
The good news is that the minor league system is bustling with talent. Not only are the teams good, but the players are promising. No more 30-year-old journeymen filling the ranks of September call-ups. The bad news is that none of those guys are playing at the major league level -- including 24-year-old George Springer, who appears to be killing it at AAA Oklahoma City.
It's why I have come to the conclusion that you must be masochistic to follow the Astros this season. Even the most diehard of fans understand the Astros are a future product, not a present pleasure. Here are five examples of what I mean.
Two games, 0 runs, 6 hits, 20 runs allowed.
The absolute disgrace of the last two games against the Rays cannot be understated. Losing to a decent team is understandable. Getting shut out, it happens. But the games Monday and Tuesday were they held at little league level, would have been called after about the fifth inning to save the losing team the embarrassment of finishing. It's tough when you get shelled a couple games in a row, but to do so while not generating a run and only one hit every three innings is stunningly awful.
The worst record in baseball...again.
Rooting for your team is all well and good, but when your team has been the worst in its entire sport three years running, it might be time to give it a rest, I mean, just for your health, unless you are getting naps during games, in which case, maybe watching them is not such a bad idea, except...
Most people can't see them on TV.
Sixty percent of Houstonians are blacked out of Astros games thanks to the ongoing CSN Houston-versus-the-world-of-cable-providers saga. Maybe it's good that you can't witness the devastation at Minute Maid Park, but if you are one of those people watching on some crummy Internet feed, it might be time for an intervention.
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Their best players don't play in Houston.
If you are searching for Internet feeds of games, instead of looking for the Astros, perhaps you should be checking out the Corpus Christi Hooks or the Oklahoma City Redhawks. That's where the vast majority of the Astros talent is at the moment, future talent anyway. Not only are the teams competing, but the players are showing real promise, unlike their parent ball club.
Few of the players on the current roster will be here in the future.
This is perhaps the most damning of the list. If you are rooting for Erik Bedard or Carlos Corporon or Jimmy Perades, what are you doing to yourself? I'm sure they are good guys, but they are not the long-term future of the Astros. As I mentioned, those kids are in the minors. If you want to just enjoy some baseball, then great, go to Minute Maid and catch a game. But don't torture yourself over the team. This is not your team. They may eventually be again, but not right now.