The Houston Astros have hit the midway point of the 2021 baseball season in better shape than most people probably predicted. Now, they have a chance to continue their excellent run in the second half of the baseball season — or fall apart and limp to the finish line.

As it stands Friday, the Houston Astros are in first place in the American League West division with a 56-36 record, which is good enough for a three- and-a-half-game lead over the second place Oakland Athletics in the AL West. It’s also a good enough record to be tied in first place with the Boston Red Sox in the American League.

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