The Houston Astros lost a franchise-record 106 games in 2011. They're well on their way to worsening that mark this season.
After Tuesday night's 7-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals (to reach their second five-game losing streak for the month), the Astros are on pace for 111 losses in 2012 and a paltry .314 winning percentage.
If there's a silver lining, it's that the Astros (39-84) only have to win three more games to avoid matching the expansion 1962 New York Mets' 140 for most losses in the live-ball era. They don't seem destined to sink to the .248 winning percentage of the 1935 Boston Braves. Heck, they even appear to safe to not reach the dearths reached by the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who went 43-119. A .314 winning percentage wouldn't even be Top 10 among the worst seasons in the live-ball era, so they have that going for them, which is nice.
Still, winning 51 games a season after only winning 56 would easily be the worst two-year stretch in franchise history, much worse than the franchise's first two seasons in 1962-'63, when they won 64 and 66 games respectively.
But hope isn't dead yet, Astros fans. The team only sits 25.0 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final Wild Card spot.
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