Eric Seidman at FanGraphs Baseball heard something about how Cecil Cooper said the Astros would win 90 games and executed a takedown. I already agreed with him that the Astros won’t win that many, but … this is just something Cecil does.
A couple of years ago in Milwaukee, late in the game with the Astros trailing, Lance Berkman bunted to get on base against a shift. It was a good play, putting a runner on base when the team needed a runner on base. Someone asked Cooper about it after the game, and Cooper just went over-effusive, saying it was better than a home run. Well, no. But it was a good play.
So, I just read this as Cooper saying, in a not terribly artful way, that the team has a chance to be good.