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How bad is the Astros' offense? Really, really bad.

May 3, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

With the Astros in the midst of their second six-game losing streak of the young season, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart has some details on just how horrendous Houston’s lineup has been so far.
Some of my favorite tidbits …
* Houston has scored 72 runs in 24 games, which is 13 fewer runs than the second-worst team, 42 fewer than the average team, and 75 fewer than MLB-leading Tampa Bay. In other words, the Rays have literally scored more than twice as many runs as the Astros.
* Not only does their .281 on-base percentage rank dead last in baseball, the Astros are the only team getting on base below a .300 clip.
* They also rank dead last in OPS. In fact, there are 317 active hitters with at least 1,000 career plate appearances and the Astros’ putrid .605 OPS is lower than all of them except for John McDonald (.593) and Juan Castro (.602).
* Houston is also dead last in walks with 42, which is 24 fewer than the second-worst team and just 21 more than Nick Johnson, Chone Figgins, Justin Morneau, David Wright, and Daric Barton have drawn individually. In other words, choose any two of those guys and they’ve draw exactly the same number of walks as the Astros’ entire team.
* Houston has nine homers in 784 at-bats. Paul Konerko has 12 homers in 81 at-bats.

  1. d - May 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    to bad they’re not playing the red sox soon, that would – I’m sure – get them back on track and hitting again.

  2. motherscratcher - May 3, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    To be fair Konerko has played 6 games against the Indians.

  3. Ross - May 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Yes, but Houston has played 12 games against Pitt, Cincy, Florida, and Atlanta.

  4. Joey B - May 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Short sample. It’s difficult to anticipate Berkman, Lee, and Pence all starting off so abysmally. Still, they should have been sellers, and not signers, over the winter. It’s not a lot of money, but there wasn’t a lot of point to Feliz and Lyon. One needs to know where one is in the universe.

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