Please, do not get carried away. This is no time to lose sight of the big picture.Yes, the Rays are a victory away from the World Series. And, yes, they have been nearly flawless in the field and opportunistic at the plate.But there are other things to focus on in the world today.Like the Astros' whimpering.Turns out, karma is the only thing hotter than Randy Arozarena. The Astros have come all the way to the edge of vindication, only to have the Rays beat them like a dugout garbage can.Surely, this is the story that can unite a fractious nation. Isn’t comeuppance as American as, well, baseball?I know this series is not over yet, and somewhere there’s a mathematical formula that can explain Houston’s chances of winning four consecutive games, but the baseball gods are far too vindictive to allow that, right?This is the fate the Astros have deserved ever since the world discovered they had been using television monitors to steal catcher’s signs and relay the information to hitters by whacking a garbage can before the pitch arrived. In essence, they had cheated their way to fame, fortune and quite possibly the 2017 World Series trophy.So, yeah, they deserved the scorn. And they deserved the ridicule, too.Mostly, they deserved all of the heartache the past three games have heaped on them. Diving catches by Kevin Kiermaier and Hunter Renfroe in the outfield. Gold Glove-caliber plays by Joey Wendle and Willy Adames in the infield. Runners stranded on base inning after inning. Late rallies that fell short on consecutive nights. Errors by Jose Altuve that have led to big innings.“We just got beat by misfortune today,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said after Game 2.No, not really. You got beat by a better team.It isn’t misfortune that Rays fielders are turning hits into outs. That’s what they’ve done for two years. And it isn’t misfortune that the Rays are making big pitches with men on base. Their bullpen was the best in the league.You know what qualifies as misfortune?The Dodgers losing a World Series to a team that was cheating its collective butt off.Maybe that seems too harsh. And a month ago, I might have agreed.But the Astros brought this on themselves. Or, at least shortstop Carlos Correa did.We had just about gotten to the point where we were ready to put Houston’s transgressions in a drawer. They struggled most of the regular season and barely made the playoffs with an embarrassing 29-31 record. Their batting averages had dropped like rocks and their prestige had tumbled accordingly.But then the Astros beat the Twins in the wild card round, and Correa took the moment to remind everyone just how unlikable this team is. The Astros were the ones who cheated opponents, fans and baseball history, and Correa was acting as if the rest of us should be apologizing.“I know a lot of people are mad, I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here, but what are they going to say now?” Correa asked. “We’re a solid team, we played great baseball, we won a series on the road in Minnesota, so what are they going to say now?”How about this?Shut up and go home. John Romano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow @romano_tbtimes.