HOUSTON -- It was one three-game series bridging the close of April and the opening of May, so in a sense it's too early for unbridled enthusiasm.
But victories are validating. For franchises with rosters teeming with youngsters seeking to find their place in the majors, sweeps aren't casually disregarded. No one expects the Astros to harp on their whitewashing of the Mets, a three-game set capped by a crisp, 8-1 win on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. However, they do deserve to smile.
"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Astros manager Brad Mills said, exercising the proper amount of modesty. "But again, the biggest thing is these guys are realizing the things that they're doing wins games, and if they do these things then we can continue to win games. That's the biggest thing that I think we're getting from this.
"We want to make sure that we're keeping everything right here where it needs to be. We're going to enjoy it now and start thinking about the Cardinals an...