WEST PALM BEACH (KXAN) — Life is pretty good for the Houston Astros right now, but somehow there’s little satisfaction for a club that’s won 200 plus games and a World Series title over the past two seasons.
“We didn’t get to our goal last year now we’ve got to get back to where we were in ’17 and bring a championship back to Houston. That’s as simple as we can put it,” Astros outfielder Josh Reddick said.
The Astros organization has a farm system stacked with talent, and a big league lineup that is one of the most productive in the game.
“It starts with the guys that get drafted, the Astros know what they’re doing with the guys that they’re bringing in and it all starts with the front office and guys that they draft,” utilityman Tony Kemp said.
“You come in here wanting to win, we’re a team that wants to win and if you come in here wanting to win then we’re going to love you,” Reddick said.
Like most successful ballclubs, the Astros place high expectations on themselves, however, they are determined to not let expectations from outsiders wear them down.
“It’s kind of not about anything else besides the guys that are in this clubhouse, if our team goes out and does what our team knows how to do and controls what we can control, than we’re the best team in the game,” centerfielder George Springer said.
Even with those expectations internally and externally, the Astros still long to be the top dog once again.
“Obviously, with Boston winning the World Series last year, so it’s pretty easy to put a target on your back but it’s better them than us,” Springer said.
“It’s not like we’re really going to sneak up on anybody, but not having to defend a title is not having to defend a title so we’re now hunting as opposed to being hunted,” starting pitcher Gerrit Cole said.