The Houston Astros fell short of their second World Series title on Tuesday to the Atlanta Braves, but how does their past success make up for their NFL counterpart Texans’ struggles?
The Astros if anything has been consistent, having made the American League Championship Series (ALCS) five straight years. Giving their fans something to cheer for knowing how good this team is. They’ve also made the World Series three times in the last five years, which in the game of baseball, is very difficult to do.
As for the Texans, every year seems to be the same thing, a sluggish start, then midseason greatness that will fizzle out towards the end of the season. The Texans have never made it past the second round of the NFL playoffs, and with the way they play, don’t expect them to anytime soon.
The Astros success has been mostly been due to the success of front office personnel like general manager James Click, and owner Jim Crane, who have shown that they’re not afraid to do what’s nessacarry to set their team up for success. This past tradeline was evident as they addressed the bullpen issue and traded for great arms that were nearly impossible to score on in the postseason.
The Texans on the other hand, do not have good front office personnel. This is the team that two years ago had their head coach also serve as the general manager and it didn’t go well. Bill O’ Brein made some very bad trades that screwed over the Texans for years to come. Thankfully, Texans owner Cal McNair came to his senses and fired O’ Brein and signed new general manager Nick Caserio who has done nothing but try to improve the team since his hiring. However, they did make a questionable hire in David Culley who has never been more than a wide receiver coach in his time in the NFL.
The city of Houston is a baseball town, with the Astros being the only successful professional sports team in Houston, it’s obvious. The Astros give the city something to cheer about, 2017 was evident when they won their first-ever championship after Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston.
The Texans however, struggle to fill seats as of late, with all the turmoil and incompetency of the front office, no one is willing to watch the Texans. I firmly believe that 90% of the Texans’ struggles since becoming a franchise in 2002 have been the front office, with questionable draft picks, horrible trades, and unwillingness to try and make the team better. The Texans have a talent for letting fans down, 2018 and 2019 are big examples after good seasons that ended embarrassingly in the playoffs.
It’s clear that the Astros do what the Texans don’t, they can contend each year. Although I think the Texans will be right up there given time.
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