#Hot Corner

Astros Won't Set Two-Year Loss Record...Right?

Scott Cunningham

Sure, they could, but not really. Then again...

Even with a 107-game head start and a move to a rougher, tougher division, things would have to get historically bad for the Astros to break the two-year mark for most losses in 2013. This is a list of the worst two-year records of teams that lost at least 100 games in both seasons:

YEARS

TEAM

Losses

PCT.

1962-63

New York N

231

0.283

1915-16

Philadelphia A

226

0.259

2002-03

Detroit A

225

0.303

1964-65

New York N

221

0.318

1941-42

Philadelphia N

220

0.279

1963-64

New York N

220

0.321

1910-11

St Louis A

214

0.301

1940-41

Philadelphia N

214

0.303

1897-98

St Louis N

213

0.242

2011-12

Houston N

213

0.343

There is every possibility the 2012-13 Astros tandem will bump their 2011-2012 entry out of the top 10 on this leader board. The over/under for Houston on most betting lines is 59 ½. We know they're not going to lose 125 and top the early Mets on this list, but, at the same time, only losing 102 or 103 games seems impossible from this vantage point, doesn't it?

We do know they'll have nothing to do with this list; an accounting of the teams with the worst two-year winning percentages (provided those teams lost at least 100 games in both seasons):

YEARS

TEAM

W

L

PCT.

1897-98

St Louis N

68

213

0.242

1915-16

Philadelphia A

79

226

0.259

1941-42

Philadelphia N

85

220

0.279

1962-63

New York N

91

231

0.283

1919-20

Philadelphia A

84

210

0.286

1938-39

Philadelphia N

90

211

0.299

1910-11

St Louis A

92

214

0.301

1940-41

Philadelphia N

93

214

0.303

2002-03

Detroit A

98

225

0.303

1925-26

Boston A

93

212

0.305

Or will they? If Houston matches the 2003 Tigers' 119-loss debacle, their two-year winning percentage sill come in at .302, good for seventh-worst on this list.

You have to hand it to the 1897-98 St. Louis Browns (who are now a team called "the Cardinals"). They notched their back-to-back triple-figure loss seasons at a time when losing 100 games wasn't all that common, mostly owing to the shorter seasons. In fact, only seven teams lost 100 games between 1876 and 1903:

YEAR

Team League

W

L

PCT.

1899

Cleveland N

20

134

0.130

1890

Pittsburgh N

23

113

0.169

1889

Louisville AA

27

111

0.196

1897

St Louis N

29

102

0.221

1898

St Louis N

39

111

0.260

1892

Brooklyn N

46

101

0.313

1898

Washington N

51

101

0.336

The Browns were saved from further humiliations and perhaps even extinction when the owners of the very decent Cleveland Spiders (81-68 in 1898) bought them out of bankruptcy and transferred the best players from Cleveland to St. Louis, much to the detriment of the Spiders, as you can see from that last list.

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