Found March 26, 2012 on Sports Junkie Online:
2011 RecapLast season was, by any measure, a disappointing year for the Astros. The team dealt Hunter Pence to the Phillies, and Michael Bourn was sent to Atlanta as the team stumbled to a franchise-worst 56-106 record. Carlos Lee (.275 BA, 18 HR, 94 RBI) was solid last season, and prospects like left fielder J.D. Martinez (.274 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI) and first baseman Brett Wallace (.259 BA, 5 HR, 29 RBI) were able to gain valuable experience. The pitching staff struggled throughout the season, ranking 28th or worse in ERA (4.51), WHIP (1.42), walks allowed (560) and home runs allowed (188). Both Wandy Rodriguez (3.49 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) and Bud Norris (3.77 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) were solid in the rotation, but a lack of run support hurt their win-loss record. New ArrivalsLF Justin RuggianoRF Jack CustC Chris SnyderSP Zach DukeSP Livan HernandezSS Jed LowrieP Kyle WeilandSS Diory HernandezCust is an OPS machine, as he has a good eye at the dish and power to all fields, but also strikes out A LOT ...
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