These are bleak, bleak times for the Astros. They're 1.5 games out of the worst record in baseball (having just been swept by the Cubs, one of the teams with the worst record in baseball). Their 10-20 record in the last 30 games ties them with the Rockies and Phillies (!) for worst in the NL. They've won nine out of 38 games on the road, which, in decimal form, is .PissPoor. Carlos Lee loves it so much, he'd rather be here than in a pennant race.
So how about some things to cheer you up?
*The minor-league system has a cumulative 213-180 record, good enough for a .542 Win%. Only the DSL Astros are below .500.
*In his last ten games, Brett Wallace is hitting .389/.425/.583. Since a relatively bad April, Wallace has posted OPSes (?) of .869, 1.189, .804, respectively.
*After hitting .148/.317/.235 in June, Jon Singleton went 3x4 with two doubles and a homer last night. He had seven doubles in all of May and June.
*Ross Seaton, who is somehow still only 22, has a 3.93 ERA / 1.27 WHIP at Corpus. In his last four starts, he has thrown 26.2IP, 23H/9ER, 19K:2BB.
*Jarred Cosart had a 3.48 ERA / 1.23 WHIP in June, and has allowed three homers in 69IP. In his last two starts, Cosart has allowed 9H/0ER, 9K:3BB in 13IP. He has also gone 6IP+ in his last six starts.
*In his last ten games, George Springer is hitting .439/.510/.659 at Lancaster (with four of those games on the road). He posted an OPS of 1.004 and 1.001 for the whole months of May and June.
*Domingo Santana has a nine-game hit streak, and has two hits in six of those nine games.
*After posting a .753 OPS in 23 games at Lexington, Chris Epps is hitting .329/.402/.685 at Lancaster.
*In his last ten games, Delino DeShields is hitting .372/.481/.674 with ten stolen bases. His OPS by month: .700, .758, .831, 1.792 (July - 2 games)
*Mike Foltynewicz, in ten road starts: 56.2IP, 62H/15ER, 45K:22BB.
*Tri-City has won ten games in a row.
*In 13 games for Tri-City, Andrew Aplin is hitting .421/.547/.553, with 3K:11BB.
*Coming off Tommy John surgery, Vincent Velasquez has allowed 14H/3ER, 16k;3BB in 15.1IP for the ValleyCats. RHBs are hitting .190 against him.
*Brian Blasik has one strikeout in 43AB for Greeneville, with a .945 OPS.
*Ariel Ovando and Jean Carlos Batista have a .916 and a .958 OPS for Greeneville, respectively.
*Brett Maverick Phillips has a 1.009 OPS in his last ten games for the GCL Astros, with four triples in his last 16ABs.