HOUSTON - AUGUST 10: Pitcher J.A. Happ #30 of the Houston Astros throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 10 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros take on the San Diego Padres, still searching for that elusive 10th road win.
It's been a really long time since the Astros recorded a road win (13 games actually), and wins of any kind have come few and far in between this season. Against the Giants this past weekend, Houston just picked up where it left off before the All-Star game, showing itself to be quite possibly the worst team in baseball.
The only real upside to consider in this upcoming series against the Padres is that San Diego is a non-threatening team with a losing record at home. If the Astros are going to win any kind of game on the road, or realistically chase this elusive 10th road win, it's reasonable to think it's going to have to come against a team of the Padres caliber.
As if being at the bottom of the division again wasn't bad enough for this team, there's also the fact that the Stros are hobbled with injuries, as Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro remain on the disabled list.
Astros fans breathed a sigh of relief when Carlos Lee was traded nearly two weeks ago, but not a lot has gone well for them since then. Actually, nothing has.
Here's an opportunity for the Stros to gain some momentum, even it's only for a game or two, against Padres.
The last time these two teams got together, the Astros were on their way to taking three out of four games against San Diego at Minute Maid Park. Then Brett Myers somehow fell apart and gave up a grand slam to Alexi Amarista (his first career home run) as part of a six-run game stealing ninth inning on June 28.
Take a look at the probable starting pitchers for this series:
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