The memory of 2010's 0-8 start that left the Astros buried in the standings before the season hit its second weekend remains fresh. With every game that the Astros lose in a brutal first week on the schedule, a repeat gets closer to reality, but the Astros are convinced they have better baseball in them.
"This team's got a lot of things we have to get done," said Chris Johnson, who went 3-for-11 (.273) with a double as the Astros were swept to open the season in Philadelphia.
After leaving Philadelphia, the job gets no easier, as the Astros take on the defending National League central champion Reds, who began the season with a three-game sweep of the Brewers.
April has always been a difficult month for the Astros, who have started 0-3 in 12 of their 50 seasons.
They were out-hit .349-.231 in Philadelphia, with similar gaps in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Bud Norris, Nelson Figueroa and Brett Myers have a difficult task at hand, though, as the Reds hold the early lead in hitting at .350.
While the schedule has been difficult and will continue to be with two playoff teams on the road in the opening week, Hunter Pence said there are no excuses.
"It doesn't change anything," Pence said. "It doesn't feel good. We still have a lot of season left. They put it on us, and we've got to regroup and get some games in Cincy and come back with a little bit of momentum."
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