Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/16/14
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams. 2013 was supposed to be part of a full-scale rebuilding project for the Houston Astros. The team was supposed to lose 105 games (at least) and seemed to be a lock to clinch the first overall pick in the MLB Draft for the third straight year. But then, something funny happened. Houston kept their heads above water in April, playing a schedule loaded with new AL West rivals. In May and June, they survived against 2012 contenders, and fared surprisingly well against their former rivals in the NL Central. Going into the All-Star Break, the Astros were playing some inspired baseball. As the midsummer classic passed the league by, Houston caught fire, and the rest of the division couldn't kick their games into a second gear. The Angels struggled as Mike Trout experienced a sophomore slump, Albert Pujols' injured elbow caused him to miss substantial time, and their revamped starting rotation couldn't keep the ball in the park. The A's young pitching regressed all at once, and their surprising 2012 offense couldn't recapture that magic. The Rangers looked like an uninspired team after Josh Hamilton's departure, and their rotation was disappointing past Yu Darvish. Finally, the Mariners couldn't get any offense going despite moving the fences in at Safeco Field, and their pitching staff collapsed when Felix Hernandez got injured for the first time in his career. Houston played the best, most consistent baseball out of any team in the division, and their 84 wins were enough to take the crown. The Astros pitching staff held up surprisingly well in 2013, and their shocking amount of depth helped fill in gaps when Philip Humber and Erik Bedard missed time with injury. When each of those players went down, Brad Peacock and Alex White performed admirably well in the interim and didn't let the staff collapse. The no-name bullpen performed extremely well, and Rule 5 pick Josh Fields put a deathgrip on the closer's role early in the season that he refused to release as he tired late in the season. Offensively, Houston performed better than anyone could have expected. Chris Carter blossomed in the middle of Houston's order, and turned into a power hitting superstar in Minute Maid Park. Carlos Pena was reborn in the hitter's park as well, and looked like the breakout star he was during his prime with the Rays instead of the player who struggled to clear the Mendoza line over the last few seasons. Finally given opportunities to play every day in the majors, former touted prospects Fernando Martinez and Matt Dominguez tapped their potential and looked like franchise building blocks. Once reaching the playoffs, the Astros were given 30:1 odds to win the World Series, an outrageous line given the randomness of the MLB playoffs. In the ALDS, the Astros stunned the 96 win defending AL champion Tigers in six games in a series that saw Bud Norris outduel Justin Verlander not once, but twice. In the ALCS, Houston overwhelmed the 99 win Blue Jays in five games in a series that saw Carter smash six homers, including four in two games at Rogers Centre. Finally in the World Series, the Astros won a thrilling seven game series against their former division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds, scoring six runs in the first two innings of game seven against Aroldis Chapman. The 2013 Houston Astros season was the most unexpected championship run of any team in sports. Coming into the year, Houston was a 200:1 underdog to win the World Series. Anyone who put money on them is a very happy person right now, because the Astros are the 2013 champions of baseball...something that even the most optimistic of Houston fans would tell you was a pipe dream going into Spring Training. Astros on TOC End of Season Post-Mortem Hope for the Hopeless 2013 Season Preview You May Say I'm A Dreamer 2013 Burning Question (12:45 PM) Nightmare Scenario (2:00 PM) X-Factor (3:15 PM) Top Ten Prospects (4:30 PM) [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments


Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young rips ESPN anchor over Iggy Azalea insult

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

Could Holly Holm be a worthy challenger for Ronda Rousey?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.