Take it away, Buster Olney:
"You know, I'm gonna say the Houston Astros. We made fun of them, basically, when they traded for Randy Wolf, everyone saying, "What in the world are they doing, they're not in the race anymore, they got LaTroy Hawkins...". Well, guess what, they've won eight in a row, they've won 16 out of 20, they're now seven-and-a-half games out of the wild card race...I don't think they're going to win and get there, but you have to give them credit for making the progress they have."
So...a team that's ostensibly out of the race trades for a veteran starting pitcher, goes on an extremely unlikely tear, and still has almost no chance at a playoff berth. According to Buster Olney--who writes off the Astros' playoff chances IN THE MIDDLE of complimenting them--this is a great strategy.