The Houston Astros enter July leading the American League West with a 48-33 record. That mark is good enough for the third-best record in Major League Baseball and trails only the Boston Red Sox in the AL. The Astros have played well. But have also struggled with certain clubs. They were just swept at home by the Baltimore Orioles and were also swept at home in early April by the Detroit Tigers when former skipper AJ Hinch made his return to Minute Maid Park. The Colorado Rockies also took a two-game series from the Astros in April. The Texas Rangers also swept 3 games from the Astros in late May at Globe Life Field.
Yet despite all this, the Astros have played some good baseball. They recently had an 11 game winning streak which included a 4 game sweep of the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox. The Astros have also played well against the Red Sox as they are 5-2 against them taking 2 series. They also won a series against the Tampa Bay Rays taking two of three games. In the division, they have taken the first two series against the Oakland Athletics which included a 4 game sweep in Oakland to open the 2021 season. The Astros currently have a 1 ½ game lead over the A’s in the West and it looks like they will be battling for the division the rest of the season.
At the almost halfway point of the season, the Astros look like they are one of the top teams in MLB. They have an offense that can score runs and a pretty good rotation. The bullpen has been shaky and will need to be addressed before the trade deadline. Of course, the Astros could make some other moves as well to improve an already good team. What those possible moves could be is something to keep an eye on. But as of now the Astros lead the AL West and are on track to make another postseason run in October.