By the love of Roy
The worst team in baseball? The Houston Astros stake an early claim on calamity
It's hard to believe that the Houston Astros could be the worst team in all of baseball, but six days into the season, that's exactly where they find themselves. There is one winless team in all of Major League Baseball — and it plays its home games at Minute Maid Park.
In fact, the Astros have played all their games at Minute Maid so far, making this 0-4 start even more damaging. And it's not like the Astros have blown a game. They've simply been blown out, game after game after game. The 8-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night was in many ways just a continuation of the same chorus.
Houston's been outscored 26-6 in its four losses. That's the stuff of the Washington Generals. It's a line that reads like a comedy act rather than a legitimate sports campaign.
Worse yet, the few other teams that the Astros could rightly feel superior to coming into this season, have all won already. Heck, the Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals all have two wins. Even the San Diego Padres are in the W column. Only one team in all of baseball is stuck on zero.
How 'bout those Astros!
If Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee and their minor-league-level friends can't pound the oldest man in baseball tonight — Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer — Houston may never win. At the very least, the Astros will be staring at 0-6. Do you really think Oswalt is going to trump Halladay Sunday in the battle of Roys?
How long before a local DJ gets on top of a billboard and refuses to come down until the Stros win?