We’ve known that the Houston Astros were historically bad for months now, but on Tuesday night, it became official with an undesirable milestone.
The Astros reached 100 losses in just 151 games when they fell by a 10-0 margin to the Cincinnati Reds, and the margin of victory (or in this case, defeat) says it all for Houston. It is incredibly fitting to see Houston lose by double-digits, at home, to reach the 100-loss plateau, and the game was out of hand by the end of the 1st inning.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles allowed 9 runs (8 earned) over 3.2 innings, and a 4th-inning grand slam from Jay Bruce was the crushing blow to put them away for good. It’s been a rough season for Lyles, who has a 5.32 ERA after this start, but he is simply one of many pitchers who are struggling in a mighty way for the Astros.
At the plate, things weren’t any better for Houston, as Cincinnati starter Mike Leake had one of his best starts of the season. Leake pitched 8 innings of shutout ball, allowing only 5 hits, and used the lowly Houston lineup to lower his ERA to a solid 3.21 for the season. It’s tough to judge anything from this type of effort against the Astros, but it certainly doesn’t speak well of the battered Astros.
To be honest, I could go on for days with negative statistics and/or views of the Astros, but we’ll leave it off here. Houston is well on their way to 105+ losses, and the only saving grace for the franchise at this stage is that their new front office regime seems to have a long-term rebuilding process in place.
Take solace, Astros fans.