Well, if the Astros want North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon, he can now be drafted. Houston is on the clock for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft after getting blasted by the Texas Rangers on Monday night.
The Astros have now lost at least 106 games for the last three years straight, and they have gotten there by losing ten games in a row. It's been absolutely miserable for the last couple weeks, but now some Astros fans rejoice. This isn't a piece to tell you how you should feel, it's just to let you know - if you somehow didn't - that the Astros will get to pick from anyone eligible for next year's draft.
Jordan Lyles start to September was good - two quality starts, 12.1 innings, eight hits and four runs.
But the last two starts of this month for the 22-year old have resulted in 14 earned runs being allowed in 6.1 innings. Yikes, but yes I did need to mention he's still 22, but at some point consistency will need to appear for a guy that debuted in 2011.
The Rangers scored in the first four innings to make it 9-0, while Derek Holland turned in a big performance for a reeling team in a wild card chase. The lefty pitched a shutout while striking out nine and allowing six singles. Trevor Crowe had two of those singles while also drawing the only walk issued by Holland.
David Martinez didn't have much more success than Lyles as he allowed five runs (four earned) in the next three innings. He also allowed Alex Rios to get the triple in the sixth inning that he needed to hit for the cycle. The cherry on top to a bad, bad night for Houston.
The Astros two more chances to thwart their Texas partners chances in getting to the playoffs. It starts tomorrow with Brad Peacock getting the good fortune of facing Yu Darvish.
Not that it hasn't been debated enough, but were you happy the Astros have clinched the worst record?