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Astros have shot at dubious history

Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: July 16, 2011 1:48 pm
By Matt Snyder

While the team tied for first in the NL Central looks to make history in a good way, the team at the bottom of it is so dreadfully bad that there's a chance it joins select company.

A loss Friday night for the Houston Astros marked their fifth straight. They're 7-29 since June 2, 3-18 since June 18 and have only won once in their last 11 games. The overall 30-63 record is the worst in the majors by a couple of series' worth of games and is on a pace to go 52-110. No one has lost more than 105 games in a season since the 2005 Royals. That's pretty awful, but things could easily get worse.

First of all, they're playing far worse baseball than they were earlier in the season. Secondly, the trade deadline is looming, and general managers of teams in contention will certainly be placing calls to the Astros in hopes of landing one of the few good players the Astros have -- such as Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, Wandy Rodriguez, etc. -- and they're likely to listen.

As I alluded to above, the Astros' current pace is terrible, but it's not yet definitively, historically bad. Dipping below .300 winning percentage -- the current mark is .323 -- would be. Only 21 teams in major-league history have dropped below .300, and it's happened just one time since 1962: The 2003 Tigers. That Tigers team was 43-119. Also, only 11 teams since 1900 have lost 110 times in a season.

So this season's Astros ballclub is threatening to become the second-worst team since the 1962 Mets (an expansion team) and one of the 22 worst of all-time. And the Astros have been playing .194 ball for the past six weeks.

It's certainly something to keep an eye on as we move deeper into the season.

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Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 4:46 pm

Astros have shot at dubious history

Well lets see Houston has 63 losses......Cubs have 57 losses thats only 5 less then the Astros......So in my calculations the Cubs can be on pace to lose 105 games also......Just Saying.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 3:40 pm

Drayton has sabotaged the Astros for his own gain

I've been a .45/Astros fan from the beginning.  What Drayton has done to our team is worse than anything Juge Roy Hofienz or any other bad Astro owner has EVER done in the past.
Once Drayton decided to sell the Astros he started dealing and not resigning players ALL for his best interest.
I feel so sorry for the current players and all of our fans.
Drayton should be tarred and feathered and chained outside a post near Minute Maid.
I am so sick of all this, now their going to move our team to the lowly American League.  PUKE  That's like mixing Conservatives with Liberals.
Drayton has personally RUINED everything the Astros have stood for all these years. I cant wait for ownership change.
Please Drayton, take a hike and quit going on TV acting like you care, all you care about is how much your going to end up with when you deal the "Stros.
Bob McWilliams

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Astros have shot at dubious history

Any Phillies could have told the Astros that they were making a big mistake in hiring Ed Wade.  It's no mistake that the Phillies never made the Playoffs during Wade's eight year tenure in Philadelphia, but have won four straight division titles (and are on their way to a 5th) since he was fired after the 2005 season.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:40 pm

Astros have shot at dubious history


Well, I think Mills' lineups would be better if he had more to work with.  But since there's no bonafide catcher and sub-par players like Matt Downs are being foisted upon him from above, what can he do? 

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:08 pm

Astros have shot at dubious history

As long as that asshat Ed Wade is running  the team this will continue in Houston.  Not to mention Mills and his idiotic lineups.  MLB needs to get off their ass and complete the sale of the Astros to Jim Crane, so we can get Drayton and his regime of puppets out.  But as long as the great LA Dodger franchise is a mess, MLB dictator Bud Selig thinks letting another franchise hang in limbo is OK.

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