Astros Schedule: The main ingredient that is tremendously lacking

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

MLB has released their 60-game schedule for the Astros and it’s lacking one main ingredient. What could that be? Let’s take a look and find out.

We finally know the “when” and “where” of the Houston Astros’ schedule that will take place over the next few months for a total of 60 games.  The narrative that has been set by the MLBPA when negotiations were ongoing still rings true for us all — now that we know there’s a season, when will they play?

That’s all addressed in MLB’s ballyhooed schedule release with the league having full intentions on getting things started on time this month.    The first games will take place July 23-24 for all teams and the Houston Astros will be able to take advantage of getting started July 24.

They will take on the Seattle Mariners in a four-game set (July 24-27) at Minute Maid Park and at least for now, there will be no fans at our beloved ballpark.  It will make for an eerie, quiet experience that would be likened to batting practice before the fans are allowed to enter the stadium.

I certainly hope that our full squad will be able to participate because with all of the positive COVID-19 tests as of late league-wide, it’s going to be tough to see who teams will be pulling from their taxi squads if some guys aren’t ready to go.  Let’s hope for the best in that regard.

But I’m banking on us being able to see our core — Jose Altuve, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke out on the diamond.

But right after that series, the team already gets a date with the Los Angeles Dodgers (July 28-29) which will be one of the more interesting sets this series before rematching them at Dodger Stadium Sept. 12-13.

Do you know what?

This schedule is completely lacking the most important ingredient for us all — a healthy matchup against the New York Yankees.

With all of the animosity, the dirty accusations and just the plain great rivalry with these two teams, it’s an enigma as to why these guys don’t have a time slot against each other.  Plus, the Yankees are involved in what I refer to as a glorified cover-up with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for some sign-stealing they did a few seasons back! Wouldn’t you know?  The Yankees and the Commissioner in bed with each other — no drinks, no dinner, just straight to the bedroom!

Do not pass go, do not collect $200!

It’s an absolute crime that they’re not playing each other during this upcoming season.

Do you know why?

The league knows it could be an intense situation.  They know the tight rules that they’ve set to ensure that altercations and bench clearings don’t happen which would certainly be the case between both teams.

Regardless of the stringent public health measures that are in place, emotions will boil over and I’m afraid the MLB thinks that it would be a bad look if both teams got into a fiery spat between each other.  It would make the league look like their restart was inflexible, harried, unprepared and unequipped situations that are outside the norm if that’s not the image they were already projecting during their embarrassing contract negotiations.

Let me tell you — I’m like Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn in that outstanding scene of Major League II

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when he asks Jake Taylor to walk a batter so he can directly face Jack Parkman, the other antagonist outside of team owner Rachel Phelps in that movie, because of all the crap he talked about him.  He didn’t care about Jake’s apprehensiveness or what he had to say, he just firmly kept reiterating “I want Parkman.”

And so I say, “I WANT THE YANKEES…NOW!”  Even though that’s not going to happen, I can’t wait to face them in the postseason because these Houston Astros are about to give them all of the business and they won’t be able to handle it either!

Shame on MLB for not giving us at least one series against the Yankees — I’m positive that one would’ve commanded HUGE ratings because I don’t know any Houston Astros’ fan in Houston who wouldn’t be glued to television for a potential series!

In fact, the ratings from the ALCS series last year were UP from 2017 so you all can take that how you want it!

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Even though the MLB has screwed up the schedule, I guess I’ll just have settle for some solid to great matchups outside of the Yankees, just itching for the postseason.

It also wouldn’t have hurt to get a quick series against the Cincinnati Reds to shutdown loudmouth pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has been flapping his gums as of late about my team.

Let’s go Houston Astros!