Astros make National League (losing) history

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

The 2003 Tigers lost 119 games, but they never lost 34 out of 38.

The 1962 Mets never did it, either.

The 2012 Astros have.

With their 5-0 loss to the Nationals Thursday night, the Astros became the first team since the 1949 Senators to go 4-34 at any point in a season.

With a loss to the Brewers on Friday, the Astros would become the first team since the 1916 A's to lose as many as 35 out of 39.

Already, the Astros are the first team in modern (post-1900) National League history to lose 34 of 38.

When the Astros reached the end of June with a 32-46 record, they comforted themselves with the thought that they wouldn't threaten any records for losing this year. At that point, they weren't even in last place in the National League Central, with the Cubs still behind them.

Now it's fair to wonder how many games the Astros will lose.

112, which would be the most in the National League since the 1965 Mets?

119, which would equal the 2003 Tigers for the most since the 1962 Mets?

120, which would equal the '62 Mets?

You'd think that 120 is still out of reach. The Astros are 36-77, so they'd need to win just seven of their remaining 49 games to avoid 120 and finish tied with the 2003 Tigers.

Then again, the Astros have lost 21 of their last 23. They've been playing at a historically bad pace for well over a month.

Can they win seven more games?

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