Sunday, September 18, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines: Houston Astros


After getting humiliated by the front runnning Brewers over the weekend, a visit by the struggling Houston Astros may be just what the doctored ordered to heal their wounds.

Here's the full breakdown on Cincy's next opponent:

Season record: 51-100 (6th in NL Central/37.5 GB)
Road record: 23-54 (worst in MLB)
Last 10 games: 4-6
Manager: Brad Mills (2nd year, 127-184 record)
Payroll: $69.97 million (20th MLB)
Year established: 1962 (as Colt .45's)

Notable MLB statistical ranks:
Runs - T-26th (569)
HR - 29th (89)
AVG - T-9th (.259)
Steals - 12th (109)
ERA - 27th (4.42)
Saves - 30th (22)
BAA - T-24th (.264)
Errors - 24th (105)

Statistical team leaders:
AVG - Jason Bourgeois (.300)
HR - Carlos Lee (18)
RBI - Carlos Lee (86)
OPS - Carlos Lee (.794)
Wins - Wandy Rodriguez (11)
ERA - Wandy Rodriguez (3.55)
WHIP - Bud Norris (1.30)
Saves - Mark Melancon (17)

Other notables:
-The Astros are the oldest MLB franchise to have never won a World Series while remaining in the same city where they originated.
-They are one of eight, current MLB franchises to have never won a World Series at all.
-They have 9 playoff appearances in franchise history (last in '05).
-The team has retired 10 numbers over the years.
-Overall record in 50 seasons is 3939-4021 (.495).

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