Could Astros be facing another 100-loss season?

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 05, 2013
The Houston Astros have a grand total of five players with more than two years of major league experience, a first-year manager and a move to the American League to deal with, too. They also have a payroll projected to be the lowest in baseball since the Florida Marlins spent just under $22 million in 2008. So why are they so optimistic they can avoid becoming the first team in a half-century to lose 106 games in three consecutive seasons? General manager Jeff Luhnow says he doesn't see youth as a detriment and believes he's assembled a talented group of players with ''a tremendous amount of upside.'' He says Houston should be much better than people expect.
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