Power Rankings: Look away -- Marlins, Astros historically bad

by | Baseball Writer

As June nears, we've reached a point where we can start to get a general idea of what teams might look like the rest of the way. While things can easily turn positively or negatively for many different clubs, I think we can start embracing the famous Bill Parcells mantra with two in particular:

"You are what your record says you are."

In the cases of the Astros and Marlins, they are historically horrible.

As of Wednesday morning, both clubs are 13-33, good for a .283 winning percentage. So they are on pace to go 46-116 this season.

Only three teams since the end of World War II have finished with a sub-.300 winning percentage: The 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates (42-112, .273), the 1962 New York Mets (40-120, .250) and the 2003 Detroit Tigers (43-119, .265).

At this point, we have two ball clubs with a serious shot of joining that bumbling trio. Think about that, two teams from the same season would comprise 40 percent of the five worst teams in the past 67 years.

As unlikely as it would be to have one team be so bad in any given season, let alone two, when watching them (attempt to) play baseball, it actually seems like it'll be surprising if either team reaches 50 wins. You can sort through any number of stats and it tells you they're both historically bad or you can simply watch and let the eye test tell you the same thing.

That being said, unless you find humor in extreme professional ineptitude, I don't recommend ever subjecting yourself to watching either team play.

Please feel free to contact me with comments either on Twitter (@MattSnyder27) or via email: matt.snyder@cbs.com. These were posted the morning of Wed., May 22. Any action coming after posting wasn't included here.


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