Newton’s Third Law and 2016 Astros Baseball

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) Mathematician, Scientist, Astronomer, Philosopher.

Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
Mathematician, Scientist, Astronomer, Philosopher.

In physics, Newton’s Third Law of Motion states the following:

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Question: Does Newton’s Third Law also explain 2016 Houston Astros baseball?

Whenever the pitching fails, there is an equally powerful failure in the club’s ability to hit.

Possible 3rd Law Corollaries:

1) Whenever a defensive player makes a smart play, he or another player will make an equally powerful dumb play.

2) Whenever a base runner makes a smart extra base gain by hit or run, he or another runner will then get put out by standing off base by five feet while biting his fingernails.

3) Whenever Carlos Gomez manages to have a time at bat without either losing his batting helmet or falling on his butt (and we may still be waiting for this one), he will then promptly miss the cut-off man on a crucial outfield throw that allows the winning run to score for the other team.

4) Whenever the 2016 Astros win a series sweep at home (Angels), they must balance out that motion by suffering a series sweep loss on the road at the earliest convenient moment. (See the results of this past weekend in Detroit for validation.)

Possible Fourth Law of Motion by Similar Force Inducement, As Suggested by the Just Concluded Astros @ Detroit Series:

Whenever last year’s 2nd best Astros starter, Colin McHugh, has an absolute throw-up early pin-ball pitcher game in 2016, that failure will be followed by an equally powerful meltdown on the mound by 2015’s Cy Young winner, Dallas Keuchel.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

…. And while we are about our fantasies for further desperate roster moves prior to the upcoming home Rangers series next weekend, let’s also try to remember the sage advice of 19th century French critic, journalist, and novelist, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.

Karr is the one who concluded that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Anyway, a day past the 2016 baseball trading deadline, in a market for pitchers that seems over-priced for the quality of help that is available, we do appreciate the fact that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has seen the wisdom of not mortgaging the future for dubious rental player help.

We shall survive. And so will the Astros franchise. Even if the weekend in Detroit has beaten the crap out of 2016 playoff ticket contingency sales.


Sir Isaac Newton also said:“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”  Can you think of anyone in 2016 who might have benefited from that advice had he been able to hear, grasp, and use that insightful counsel in recent months?



Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


One Response to “Newton’s Third Law and 2016 Astros Baseball”

  1. jeff share Says:

    what the astros have proven beyond a doubt this year is that they can’t beat the better teams with too many holes in the lineup and an inconsistent starting staff plus unreliable closers.

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