And you just thought the season was bad. The numbers don’t lie, as Dan Peschong proves with his latest research into the 2013 Astros. Warning: Reader discretion advised. Some of the numbers you are about to see may not be suitable for young children or fair weather Astros’ fans.
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The Houston Astros’ 2013 season was the ultimate train wreck. Just how bad was it?
Here is a quick look at some amazing numbers from this (hopefully) low point in the franchise’s history.
14 – After 49 seasons the most losses the Astros had suffered in a season was 97. In the last 3 seasons they have increased that number by 14 to 111 losses.
37 – In the Astros best two regular seasons 1998 and 1999 – they won 199 games, which is 37 more than they have won the last three seasons.
15 – The Astros offense was 15th and last in the AL in hits, OBP, SLG and OPS. Their pitching staff was 15th in Runs allowed, ERA, Saves, and walks. And the defense was last in fielding percentage. The team was first in striking out and getting caught stealing.
200 – If the Astros beat the Yankees on Opening Day April 1, it will be exactly 200 days since their last regular season win against the Angels on September 13th.
45 / 40 – The Astros finished 45 games out of 1st place in their division and 40 games out of a tie for the second wild card.
98 – Chris Carter’s 212 K’s in 2013 were 98 more than Maxwell’s club worst 114 K’s in 2012. Slightly in Carter’s defense – Maxwell only had 352 PAs in 2012.
11 – Chris Carter fell 11 K’s short of Mark Reynolds’ record of 223 K’s in a season. Of course Reynolds had 77 more PAs back in 2009 – so Carter has plenty of room to grow.
1535 – After grabbing the AL record for most K’s in a season in mid-September (the 2012 A’s struck out 1387 times) – the Astros “dramatically” grabbed the major league record in the 9th inning of the season finale from the 2010 D’Backs (1529 Ks). And since the last game was an extra inning marathon – they added 5 more cherries to the sundae before calling it a season at 1535 Ks. And most impressively – they were able to do this with only 26 pitcher at-bats for the season.
50 – The Astros had 50 different players appear in games this season – matching a team record from 2012. 25 position players and 26 pitchers appeared (Jake Elmore did pitch 1 inning mop-up for the Astros as the 26th “pitcher”).
15 – Fifteen players made their major league debuts for the Astros in 2013 (none of them named Springer). Five position players (Jonathan Villar, Robbie Grossman, Marc Krauss, Cody Clark and Max Stassi) and Ten pitchers (Jose Cisneros, David Martinez, Paul Clemens, Brett Oberholtzer, Kevin Chapman, Josh Fields, Jorge DeLeon, Chia-Jen Lo, Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid) got the call-up to the big show this year.
44,150 – The Astros sold 44,150 MORE tickets for home games in 2013 than in 2012 – no, that is not a misprint. The 1,651,883 tickets sold does represent a 47% drop from the peak of 3,087,872 back in 2004.
So, if you have comments on any of these numbers or any numbers you would like to add to the discussion – let ‘er rip tater chip.