Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Team: Houston Astros Record: 33-61 (20.5 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half: Pitching Staff- It’s not too often that the pitching staff is the biggest surprise on a team that is close to thirty games under .500, but the 2013 may be the exception. While no player on the staff has exceptional numbers, or an electric repertoire, the starters have held their own. According to Baseball Reference, the Astros starting pitchers have combined to record 8 “cheap wins” (a win in a game while failing to record a quality start). It appears that if an Astro pitcher wants to earn a “win” in a start, he must be able to hold the opposition to under three runs, a tough task to do in a loaded AL West. Through the first half, Houston is scoring an average of 3 ½ runs per game, which ranks them 28th in the MLB. Biggest Disappointment of 1st Half:  Offense- At the halfway point in the season, it should come as no surprise why this team has struggled thus far, the hitting. Compared to the rest of the leagu...
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