When looking at the rosters of teams in Major League Baseball, there are some standouts when it comes to poorly constructed offenses. The Athletics seem to be a poor offense. The Royals always seem to shine in the OBP anti-race. The Cubs look old. The White Sox look like a weak hitting team. But none of them seem more inclined to score less runs than the Astros. Man! What happened? Where is Biggio and Bagwell? This used to be a franchise that was always in the mix of things. How did they get this bad? Well, here is their lineup and each players historic OPS+:
Remember that less than 100 is lower than league average
Pedro Feliz - 83
Humberto Quintero/J. R. Towles - 58/61
Jeff Keppinger/Kaz Matsui - 89/85
Tommy Manzella - No relevant data, but his OPS in the minors was .694. Umm...
Chris Johnson/Geoff Blum - No data but a .736 OPS in minors / 81
Carlos Lee - 116! Yay!
Michael Bourn - 78
Hunter Pence - 114! Yay!
Any pitcher - nevermind
That adds up to a lot of outs. It's understood that Berkman is out. But isn't he always? It seems so lately. But no matter how good Oswalt and Wandy and friends can be, they just won't score enough runs to turn them into wins. It's going to be a long...long...long season in muggy Houston.