Apparently not, since the Astros are back to the same spot where they ended last season: within one game of the World Series...without Carlos Beltran.
So do we really need Houston manager Phil Garner (who when asked by Metstradamus how he was enjoying Los Angeles in 1988 after being traded to the Dodgers replied "well...it's there.") to rub it in by saying this:
"I didn't necessarily think it was a big loss...One of my things that I feel is, if you put so much of your capital in any one player, it's going to hurt you...So I think it might have been a little bit of a blessing. I applaud our owner for going the extra mile and trying to make that happen, but I think it probably was a blessing in disguise...We didn't miss a beat...That's not to say that Carlos Beltran is not a great player; he is. But I don't think our club has suffered. I think we have actually become a better ballclub because of it."One more win, and the Astros will be a better ballclub.
Thanks for the reminder regarding why I'm pulling for St. Louis, Phil.