The silver lining (so far) of this off season is that we get to play the Astros so many times next year. That will be a big help in keeping our win total somewhat high.
I don't think it's that big of an advantage. Now, we're not the only ones who get to pad our standings with games against the Astros. Everyone else in the division gets to play Houston as well. The "Lone Star Series" was a nice advantage for Texas that we no longer have.