To get a sense for just how bad the Astros' 2012 season was, consider this: in July and August, Houston won just eight games. They went 3-24 in July and 5-22 in August. Sure, the fact that the team dumped more veterans didn't help (with the front office sending Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee packing), but to be that
bad you have to lack replacement level players at multiple positions across the diamond and in the rotation.
This year, the Astros will be moving into one of the most challenging divisions in baseball, so things will almost certainly get worse before they get better. To their credit, the team's new management is sticking to the long-term rebuilding plan, focusing on strong drafts, smart deals and low-risk, movable free agents. It may not be fun to watch on the field yet, but at least the team is laying the groundwork for sustainable success a few years down the road. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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