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Houston Astros

Stadium: Minute Maid Park | Manager: Tom Lawless
AL West Division4th3rd1st4th
American League 9th10th3rd10th
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They were 15-14 in August and are 8-5 so far in September. The last time they had winning records in each of the two final months was 2010.
They took four of five from the Angels and A's last week while making sure they wouldn't lose 100 games again this season. Baby steps, baby.
Heading into July, Chris Carter was hitting .184 with 13 homers. Since then, he's been one of the best hitters in baseball -- not only for the 20 homers, but also for the 16 multi-hit games.
They're on pace to go 68-94, which is big, because they haven't avoided 105-plus losses since 2010.
Striking out four times before hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning is the most Chris Carter thing ever.
Mark Appel update: He's sporting a 5.02 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in Triple-A. So far, it's an improvement across the board, not that it's reason for optimism.
I would love to see a Jason Castro hot streak to close the season. He has taken a step back so far and has so much talent.
Here they looked like they were about to take two in a row from the mighty A's. What a bummer for Houston that ninth inning was.
It's been a rough season for top overall picks by the franchise, but there's still plenty to like about the direction of the club as a whole. That 2017 World Series championship parade might have to be postponed a bit, though.
Too bad they don't play the Rangers more often.
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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Altuve , 2B.345
HRChris Carter , DH37
RBIChris Carter , DH87
OBPJose Altuve , 2B.381
SLGChris Carter , DH.504
RJose Altuve , 2B84
SBJose Altuve , 2B54
WDallas Keuchel , SP12
ERADallas Keuchel , SP2.93
WHIPDallas Keuchel , SP1.18
KCollin McHugh , SP157
SVChad Qualls , RP18
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