Astros Could Make a Little Run

The Astros are about to wrap-up the month of June tomorrow and they’re certain to finish it far below .500 for the month and on the season (currently 9-16 in June and 39-43 overall). June was a rough month. Although the starting pitching continued bouncing along in the manner to which we’ve become accustomed this season, the offense took a hit when Miguel Tejada and Hunter Pence decided to simultaneously take a nosedive. Both have been hitting in the neighborhood of .200 for the past several weeks.

But things could be looking up. While Pence still seems to be struggling, Tejada may be beginning to pickup a little. Over the past few games he’s had some solidly hit outs and for the month, statistics suggest he’s hit into a bit more than his fair share of bad luck. In the four series that remain before the All Star Game, the teams the Astros play are the Dodges, Braves, Pirates and Nationals. The past week they’ve won three series, including series wins against both the Red Sox and Rays, the two teams that happen to sit atop the powerhouse AL East. Our last surge, in May, coincided with a stretch of games against weaker teams and an incredible month by Lance Berkman.

It won’t be a playoff push, but perhaps we can get a few games over .500 before the inevitable dropoff occurs again. Winning each series until the break with a record of 8-4 would bring us right to .500.

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