Posted March 27, 2013 on
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The Houston Astros and their staff think they'll be much better than they were last season.
They're about the only ones with that opinion.
Prognosticators and pundits across the country don't see any way the Astros can avoid finishing last in the majors for the third straight year.
The odds are stacked against a Houston team that has just five players on the 40-man roster with more than two years of major league experience and the league's lowest payroll. Add to that the move from the NL Central to the powerful AL West and things look even more daunting.
It will be tough, most figure, for this team to avoid becoming the first to lose at least 106 games in three straight seasons since the expansion Mets did it from 1962-65.
First-year manager Bo Porter, the former Nationals third base coach, has worked to instill a winning attitude in the Astros all spring, and has implored them not to listen to the critics.
''Ignore the noise,'' he said he tells...
BEST OF MAXIM
Brad Peacock and Erik Bedard have made the Houston Astros' rotation and will pitch the fourth and fifth games of the regular season.
Right-hander Edgar Gonzalez was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City, bringing the Astros' roster to 25 players three days before Sunday night's opener against the Texas Rangers.
Peacock, acquired in a February trade from Oakland, will start...
Humber has a 2.70 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Threat Level: 1
Since the scale is from 1-10, I am obligated to use 1 instead of 0. This team has only a handful of quality major league talent. Pena? Bedard? Norris? Humber? (He did pitch a perfect game last year though!) Add it all up and it is not much to look forward to in 2013 for Astro fans. But, Jose Veras is starting...
Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined.
A-Rod's $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by The Associated Press.
Rodriguez's Yankees are on track to have the highest payroll on opening day for the 15th straight year, climbing above the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Jonathan Singleton hit two home runs and Jason Castro and Rick Ankiel each hit one, and a Houston Astros split squad beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4 despite a three-run homer by Prince Fielder.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings.
Castro connected for his sixth homer and Ankiel his fourth. Ankiel drove in four runs for Houston and Ronny Cedeno...
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