The Houston Astros are in free fall, having lost nine of their last 10 games, and some fans don’t know how to cope with the slump.
Just two weeks ago, Houston Astros fans had reason to feel great about the 2021 season.
Since April 8, things have gone terribly, horribly, very, very bad for Houston.
Houston is the only team to be swept by Colorado since August of 2020.
It’s not like either of those games were close either. Colorado won 6-2 and 6-3 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Houston collectively batted .161 in the series.
Astros fans are wondering if its time to hit the panic button
Reactions from Astros fans after Wednesday’s loss varied between frustration, despair and disappointment.
Me watching the Astros lose 9 out of their last 10 games. pic.twitter.com/x283B76AmB
— Chris Reyes (@LaCroink) April 21, 2021
“Guess I’ll check how the Astros did toda—“ pic.twitter.com/ajomFTt6n2
— Mitch (@houbeerbum) April 21, 2021
Maybe it’s the weather that has Houston in the dumps?
The Astros have been playing through some crummy weather the last couple of days, so naturally their fans now think that God is out to get them, too.
— W.W. McClyde (@WWMcClyde) April 21, 2021
It was like a snow globe at Coors Field on Wednesday.
— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) April 21, 2021
If not now, when can the panic begin? Inquiring minds want to know.
I’m not normally one to hit the panic button this early, but now the Astros only have about a 50% chance to make the playoffs per Fangraphs.
— Matt ‘15, #GoStros ⚾️⚾️ (@Astro_Aggie15) April 21, 2021
Nobody wants Astros fans to panic because it's April. When will I be allowed to panic?
— Yuli's Back Pocket (@AstrosFree) April 21, 2021
There were some reasonable explanations for the slump.
The Astros have had just 4 games (out of 17) in which a starter has gone 6+ innings. Three of those are by Zack Greinke.
Not to say the bullpen has been good — because it hasn’t save for a few. But it makes things much more difficult when you’re having to cover so many innings.
— Landan Kuhlmann (@LandanKuhlmann) April 21, 2021
Rationalizations and context also followed.
Just for some perspective on the #Astros. The following teams expected to contend this year have worse records than the Astros: Yankees, Twins, Blue Jays, Braves, and Nationals.
— SFA has never lost to Duke in men's basketball (@RoundRockTim) April 21, 2021
Forget panic, some Astros fans have just accepted their lot in life.
every day I wake up and I watch the Astros lose. this is my life now.
— Kyle Hagerty (@ClutchCityKyle) April 21, 2021
It’s a long season, but Houston has dug themselves a sizable hole to climb out of. They’re 7-10 and last in the AL West. Fortunately, they started 6-1. Otherwise, that record would look a whole lot worse.
Just before the free fall began, the Astros split a two-game series with the Angels in Los Angeles. They’ll hope to get their groove back against the Halos in Houston this time. This time, a four-game series awaits.
The pitching staff hasn’t exactly gotten the job done lately, but Zack Greinke will pitch again on Friday. He’s the only starter in this stretch to manage a win. The last one didn’t spark a revival, but the next one might.