Back within 4 games

I’m still not sure what to make of this streak of recent good play by the Astros, who have won 10 out of 14 and pulled within four games of the division lead. They were nine games behind at the end of May 31.

There is reason to be skeptical. The Astros have scored 57 runs and allowed 53 in those 14 games, which is more likely to generate a 8-6 record than 10-4. Nine of the games were at home. Three of the victories were 2-1. There were two big losses. The opponents were not great, although the Rockies have played well since leaving Houston.

People who haven’t been missed: Kaz Matsui. Man’s batted leadoff in 32 games; his OBP is under .300. The Astros are 11-7 without him.

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