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The Astros are on pace to finish 53-109

Jul 25, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

Marlon Byrd, Wandy Rodriguez AP

It’s simply not fair that the Mariners are suddenly dominating the conversation on terrible teams.  Even after 15 straight losses, they have nothing on the Astros.  Houston is a full 10 games worse than Seattle this season, having gone 33-68 through 101 games.

That puts the Astros on pace to finish with a 53-109 record that would be the worst since the 2004 Diamondbacks went 51-111.

Here’s a list of all the teams since 1996 that failed to win at least 60 games:

2003 Tigers: 43-119
2004 Diamondbacks: 51-111
1996 Tigers: 53-109
1998 Marlins: 54-108
2002 Devil Rays: 55-106
2002 Tigers: 55-106
2002 Brewers: 56-106
2005 Royals: 56-106
2010: Pirates: 57-105
2004 Royals: 58-104
2009 Nationals: 59-103
2008 Nationals: 59-102

Astros fans can take hope that the three worst teams here improved by 29, 26 and 26 games the following year.  However, given the current state of the Astros farm system and the possibility that the team may subtract talent in trades, one can’t help but wonder if the 2011-12 Astros might join the 2008-09 Nationals as repeat offenders.

  1. dodger88 - Jul 25, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I forgot just how bad the early aughts Tigers were – they failed to win 100 games in 2002 & 2003 combined.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Jul 25, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    “The Astros are on pace to finish 53-109″

    Hahahahahaahaha!!! Ed Wade is going to trade the Phillies Hunter Pence for a bag of baseballs before being fired by Jim Crane.

  3. ghostshock - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Any reason the 2008 Nationals only played 161 games?

    • sknut - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      I think there was a rainout and it didn’t impact the pennant race in any way and they couldn’t make up the game.

      That or MLB played the mercy card on Nats fans.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        Correct, there was one rainout not made up.

    • bjavie - Jul 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      Rainouts aren’t always made up. Teams from different divisions play eachother only a handful of times. Let’s say game three of Astros @ Padres gets rained out, assuming Houston only visits San Diego once that year, they won’t immediately schedule a make up game and will wait to see if it would effect the standings before they would.

  4. natstowngreg - Jul 25, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Only 53-109? That’s 12 games better than the ’62 Mets’ 40-120 (2 rainouts not made up).

  5. Ari Collins - Jul 25, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Already too late to beat the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. 20-134.

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