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The Astros lost their final 15 games

Sep 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Yankees brought half a team to Houston, but that was enough to get a three-game sweep and conclude the Astros’ historic season with 15 straight losses.

They’re the first team since the 1899 Cleveland Spiders to lose their final 15 games.

The Astros ended up 51-111. They’re the 12th team since 1900 ever to lose 111 games. No team lost 110 from 1970-2000, but the 2003 Tigers went 43-119 and the 2004 Diamondbacks, like the Astros, finished 51-111.

The Astros do have a few league leaders. Chris Carter ended up with 212 strikeouts, the third highest total of all-time. He came up 11 short of the record set by Mark Reynolds of the Diamondbacks in 2009.

Jose Altuve led the AL by getting caught stealing 13 times. He also finished second in GIDPs with 24 and and fourth in outs made with 498. The Astros dominated the caught stealing category, with Brandon Barnes finishing tied for second and Jonathan Villar sneaking into a tie for seventh place despite not debuting until July 22.

Right-hander Lucas Harrell led the league in walks with 88 and losses with 16, though he was tied with Seattle’s Joe Saunders there. He reached those marks while making just 22 starts and 13 relief appearances.

The Astros did win something for all of their struggles, though. They’ll pick first overall in the MLB draft for the third straight year next June.

  1. Jack Marshall - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Makes one ponder about the A’s and the Rangers, a bit, no? I wonder what Tampa and Boston’s records would have been with the Astros to kick around instead of the Jays…

    • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      I would instead point out that the AL Central and AL West each had 3 sub-.500 teams and 2with 90+ losses. The AL East had but one losing team. However, it is what it is–with the current playoff formula and the unbalanced scheduling, that will always be the case for someone. My Rays were in 1st, got healthy at the right time, but slumped for much of September. I’m pleased they won 91, and hope they take care of business. If not, then tip o’ the cap to the Rangers and start thinking about 2014.

      • kruegere - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        The Rays wish they could play the White Sox/Twins/Astros more.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Correction, only two losing teams in AL Central, although correct that both lost >90 games.

    • hackerjay - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Sure, strength of schedule matters, but the Rays opponents had a .507 winning percentage and the Indians and Rangers both faced a .497 winning percentage.

      That’s the difference between a team that goes 80-82 and a team that goes 82-80. It’s hardly the end of the world, and it probably is barely even worth a win over a full season.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    There were over 40,000 fans at the game in Houston today. The series against the Yankees was very well attended. Eventually, those high draft picks will begin to pay off and the long suffering fans will be rewarded.

    • stex52 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      Don’t overestimate the quality of Astros’ management. High draft choices and top prospects get wasted all the time. Believe it when you see it. I promise you one thing. The plan may have been to tank this season and play for the future, but they had no idea how bad this team was going to be. They seriously thought they would hold it to under 100 losses.

      I’m along way from trusting their judgment on anything.

    • vlock1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      “Long suffering” = 2005 NL Champions.

      I mean, I feel for Astros fans right now, but let’s not pretend that they’re going through a Pirates-level dry spell.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        OK! They are not as bad as the Cubs either

      • vlock1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        That goes without saying.

        One day, Cubs fans. One day.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    There were 5 teams with more than 95 losses during the season. Following Houston’s 111, Miami lost 100, the White Sox lost 99, while both the Twins and Cubs lost 96 each. It was a very bad year in Chicago. Both the White Sox and the Cubs will be drafting in the top 5.

  4. johnnysoda - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Wow. I mean, I don’t even feel like making fun of them. Just…wow.

    At least they have nowhere to go but up.

    • stex52 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      We hope, Johnny.

  5. apmn - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I can only hope that they were caught stealing so often because they were wearing ankle weights as part of their 2014 training regimen.

    • stex52 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM


  6. mkd - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    2003 Tigers went 43-119.

    2006 Tigers went to the World Series.

    Think about it.

    • DJ MC - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Similarly with the 2004 Diamondbacks; the 2007 team lost the NLCS.

  7. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    40k fans in attendance? You’re crazy. There’s a difference between attendance and tickets sold

    • stex52 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Yankees were in town. Mo and Pettite are retiring. Probably did actually fill the stadium.

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