For 2 years, Astros fans such as yours truly have bemoaned "the trade" that sent Taveras, Hirsh & Buchholz to the Rockies for the bag of damaged goods that was Jason Jennings. "You got us on that one" was the accepted wisdom.
However, within the last 2 days:
1. Taylor blew a save to give the Astros a win. (But we still want him back.)
2. Latroy Hawkins had 2 big "holds", keeping his ERA at 0.00 over 14 games. (OK, he was saved by a ground rule double that bounced into the stands last night & prevented the tying run from scoring, but he was due for some luck, right?)
3. Alberto Arias pitched 5 shutout innings in his first ML start after being DFA'd by the Rockies.
The Astros moved to within 5 of the Wild Card, though they'd need a Rockies '07 stretch run to get there.
Maybe this is a higher power's way of evening things out for "the trade"?