We’ll start this with a caveat: The baseball season is long, and where things stand after 20 games is no indication of where they will be after 162. But still, if you’re an Astros fan, you have to be feeling pretty good about the team for the first time in a good while.
Right now, the Houston Astros sit alone atop the American League West, 3 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, and 5 games above .500, with a 12–7 record. They’ve won 8 of their last 10 and possess Major League Baseball’s longest winning streak at press time. Rather than just being the leader in a bad division, the Astros actually have the league’s fifth-best record at the moment. We may be only an eighth of the way through the season, but it’s an unexpectedly hot start for the ‘Stros.