ERIC: The Houston Astros are playing their final season as a member of the National League. Beginning next year, so that there are 15 teams in each league, the Astros will move to the American League’s Western Division, which presently has only four teams. This should make for an interesting natural rivalry with the in-state Texas Rangers, who are only a couple of hours away. The Astros have been a member of the National League since the franchise began as part of the Senior Circuit’s first expansion in 1962.
The Astros are making their farewell to the National League one for the ages. With 13 games yet to play, they’ve already lost 101 games this year, which means that they should eclipse their franchise-worst record of 56-106, set last year. So far this year, the ‘Stros are 49-101, which means that they’ve got a good shot at losing 110 games this year, which would place them squarely among the elite members of the You Stink! pantheon of truly atrocious teams. If they manage to lose six more games this year, they will end the season as the worst team in the Major Leagues since the 2003 Detroit Tigers lost an epic 119 games.
As it stands, with two really atrocious seasons in a row, the Astros are well on their way to an extended run of really bad baseball as a result of most of the franchise’s talent being traded away in draconian budget cuts. Having unloaded most of the formerly competitive team’s talent, and playing a roster of guys who probably should still be in the minor leagues, the Astros look like they’re headed for an extended run of wretchedness that should posture them for true You Stink! immortality.
Here at You Stink!, we’re rooting for them to go 4-9 or worse down the stretch, as we really would like to see them reach 110 losses and make their final season in the Senior Circuit a truly memorable one. Welcome to the You Stink! Hall of Shame, 2012 Houston Astros! We salute you!