The Houston Astros were a bit of a novelty in the first four weeks of the season, when they won 18 of 25 games to open a seven-game lead over the Angels.
Sure, they were improved over 2014, when they had a record of 70-92, and clearly they were not the pushovers of 2011-13, when they had three straight 100-loss seasons. But one month of good baseball does not guarantee a pennant contender.
"When it's April, it's easy to be blasé about stuff because the season is so fresh," Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. "You're like, 'OK, anyone can win seven of 10 games.'"
Although the Angels did not dismiss the Astros' hot start, they viewed it with some...