This answer to Astros recent struggles could be crazy enough to work

Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa celebrating in game one of the ALDS
If you've seen the movie Major League, you know where this is going. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.
For all of the Astros uncertainties, you are their biggest of all

The Astros are doing Astro things as of late. If you're a true fan of the team, you know exactly what I mean. For the uninformed, they've been beating the good teams and losing to the bad teams. Over their last 10 games, they're 4-6 with two of those four wins coming against the Mariners who are 10 games above .500 on the season. Five of those six losses came against teams that are a combined 14 games under .500 on the season! This is the source of so much frustration for Astros fans. For a team that has the potential to win a World Series, they sure don't play like one when facing subpar competition. It's time we find a solution, and I think I got one!

If any of you remember the movie Major League, you have to remember the character Pedro Cerrano. He was the Cuban slugger that had trouble hitting the curveball. When in trouble, Cerrano would turn to Jobu, his voodoo doll that helped him out of any jam. Cerrano would drink Jobu's rum in an attempt to recover from whatever type of slump he was in. I think it's high time the Astros find their version of Jobu's rum, so they can break out of the doldrums of losing to teams they should beat up on.

The only question is: who's going to be the Astro to bring forth Jobu's rum and break them out of this vicious cycle? Alex Bregman may be one of the answers. He's been on the injured list and popping up here and there on social media, as well as in varying reports speaking on his potential return to the Astros' lineup. And now we know his first game back is against the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Perhaps Justin Verlander is feeling good enough to start to travel with the team and that gives them enough motivation to snap out of it. Verlander is recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery and has been out since last season. What if the future Hall Of Famer decided to be there for his teammates in person? I can't imagine the effect it would have on his teammates and coaching staff! While it would be a shot in the arm, it isn't as realistic as we'd all hope.

One other guy who's been seen as the face of the team has been Carlos Correa. He's been the defiant face of the franchise following the cheating scandal. He also took a leadership role during their improbable run in the 2020 playoffs. His contract demands may price him out of Houston this coming offseason, but he still wears orange and blue until this season is over and done with!

The most likely source of Jobu's rum for this Astros team is from within. Each player, coach, exec, field worker, front office staff, server, etc. will all have to step their game up a notch or ten. There is no more waiver wire trade deadline. There are no guys in the minors who have superstar potential to call up. There aren't any future Hall of Fame free agents sitting on their sofas awaiting a call. Getting fully healthy and developing consistency is this team's hope moving forward. Each man will have to look in the mirror and pull something from deep inside, as well as aiding others with doing the same. The sip of Jobu's rum will have to come from within those four walls in downtown at Minute Maid Park. Who's going to step up and provide that spark?

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Braves beat Houston in extra innings, 5-4. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Marcell Ozuna hit his major league-leading eighth homer and Orlando Arcia’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

It completes a three-game sweep of the struggling Astros and is Atlanta’s fourth straight victory.

The Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning to tie it at 4-4. Michael Harris II started the 10th as the automatic runner on second and there was one out in the inning when Seth Martinez (1-1) intentionally walked Matt Olson.

Ozuna lined out to right field to send Harris to third base. Arcia then singled on a ground ball to left field to score Harris and put the Braves on top.

Pinch-runner Jake Meyers was on second when Kyle Tucker walked with no outs in the 10th. Meyers moved to third on a fly out by Yainer Diaz but Jeremy Peña grounded into a double play to end it.

A.J. Minter (3-1) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win and Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save.

Reigning NL MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. added his first homer of the season to help the Braves to the victory. Ozuna also leads the majors with 23 RBIs and he extended his hitting streak to 16 games, which ties his career best and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Yordan Alvarez and Mauricio Dubón both homered for the Astros, who fell to 6-14 and are last in the AL West.

There was one out in the first when Alvarez connected on his homer to the seats in left field to put Houston up 1-0.

Ozuna opened the second with his 432-foot shot to left field, which bounced off the wall and tied the game.

Acuña put the Braves up 2-1 when he sent the first pitch of the fifth inning to straightaway center field.

The Astros tied it on an RBI single by Alex Bregman in the fifth and Kyle Tucker’s RBI double came next to put the Astros up 3-2.

Dubón hit his first home run of the year off Jesse Chavez to start Houston’s sixth and push the lead to 4-2.

Harris singled to start the seventh before a ground-rule double by Austin Riley. Olson reached, and Harris scored on a fielding error by first baseman José Abreu when he couldn’t grab a routine ground ball.

There was one out in the inning when Riley scored on a sacrifice fly by Arcia to tie it at 4-all.

Houston starter J.P. France allowed four hits and two runs in five innings.

Max Fried gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings.


Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a series against Texas on Friday night with LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 4.58 ERA) on the mound.

Astros: Houston is also off Thursday before ace Justin Verlander will make his season debut Friday night against Washington. The three-time Cy Young Award winner opened the season on the injured list with inflammation in his right shoulder.

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