Baseball is a game where a vastly inferior team often wins. A game where a one tenth of an inch adjustment in the bat angle to the ball can mean the difference between a hit and an out. A game where a bad umpire or a lucky bounce can determine the outcome.
I believe that most team sports share some of these frustrating features, but none more than baseball.
Yes, there is plenty of blame to be allocated -- bad managerial decisions, failure to augment the bullpen before the trade deadline, etc.But I don't think that all 17 playoff losses were atrocities and I do believe that this is an anomaly that will be corrected over the (very) long run.And with respect to today's game, I would give the Astros some credit for playing well.
Maybe tomorrow will break the streak. If not, then at least the players got some playoff experience and there is always next year.