The Astros have won 10 in a row

Monday’s Say Hey, Baseball looks at the recently unstoppable Astros, Albert Pujols’ 600th homer, and the start of the NCAA tourney.

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The Astros just completed their third consecutive sweep, and have won 10 games in a row. They're 15-4 over their last five series, and they only dropped one during the entire month of May: a three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians that somehow accounted for three of the four losses in the stretch mentioned above. They've basically been unstoppable outside of that Cleveland set.

Houston is 13.5 games up on the second-place Angels, who are only two games under .500 and just 2.5 out of a wild card spot. There's only one other team outside the AL West this season that's at least 13.5 games out from the division leader, and that's the NL East's last-place Phillies, who sit 15.5 back of the Nationals. And as good as the Nats have been, they've notched six fewer victories than the 'Stros, and lost four more games.

It's not as if the Astros have been facing scrubs, either. The Rangers have gone 1-6 against Houston, and are .500 against the rest of the league. Similarly, the Angels might be two games under .500, but they can thank going 2-5 against Houston for part of that. More convincing is Houston plowing through the first-place Yankees and Twins while helping push the Orioles down in the AL East race in the last few weeks. Houston is making an impact, and not just in the west.

June might be a relatively soft month for them, too. They have to face the now second-place Red Sox mid-month, but otherwise, they get to look forward to helping after helping of AL West competition, along with a series against the struggling Royals. Baseball is cruel, but as things stand, Houston has the chance to extend their lead over the rest of the league even further.