Saturday, July 17, 2010

What the heck is going on with the Astros?

With their G90 win over Pittsburgh last night, the Astros improved to 20-14 in the NL Central. Why is this notable? Because no other team with a losing record has a winning record within their division. There are only five teams in the National League with an inter-divisional record of five games over .500. And they are:

St. Louis: 21-16 vs. NLC
Colorado: 21-16 vs. NLW
Houston: 20-14 vs. NLC
Cincinnati: 25-15 vs. NLC
Los Angeles: 23-6 (incredible) vs. NLW

From April 5 to May 31, the Astros were 17-34, hitting .230/.282/.325, 308K:115BB.

Depressing, right?

Well, from June 1 - July 16, the Astros are 20-19, hitting .248/.313/.377, 241K:124BB.