The Pittsburgh Pirates look like one of the best teams in baseball. I guess they should since they are battling for the top of a major league baseball division.
The Astros look like... uh, they look like... I can't make myself say it. To be tactful they just don't look very good right now. Nothing goes right for them. If the pitching is good the hitting takes the night off. If the hitting is good the pitching finds a way to stumble. If the starting pitching is good the bullpen isn't.
That is how they find themselves with a 32 and 49 record exactly at the half way point of the 2012 season. If they can duplicate that mark in the second half they would finish 64-98 and as bad as that sounds it would still be eight games better than last year.
But can they do it? The trend has hardly been inspiring. Since climbing within one game of .500 at 22-23 back on May 25th they have won ten and lost 26. Those numbers are eerily close to the teams overall road record of nine wins and 30 losses...