A Little Optimism... and some pythogrean musings.
The 2017 Astros were 22-11 through 33 games, the 2018 Astros are two games off that pace at 20-13. The Astros currenly have a pythagorean record of 23-10, according to Baseball Reference. This prompted me to add Pythagorean win percentage to the cummulative year to date web app. The 2017 Astros pythagorean W-L was 20-13 at this point (20.48 wins, to be more precise.)
So, while the offense is struggling, so far the resevoir of good pitching is keeping the 2018 Astros ahead of last year. I note that Pythogrean W-L rewards lower scoring wins - winning consitently 5-2 is much better than winning consistently 9-6, even if the run differential is the same. Of course, losing a lot of games won’t help any of these things, nor the only stat that matters - the Astros record.
R=50 RA=20 (R^1.83 / (R^1.83 + RA^1.83))
##  0.8424819
R=90 RA=60 (R^1.83 / (R^1.83 + RA^1.83))
##  0.6774333