Monday, July 25, 2011

The MLB on TSC: The Lonesome Roads Clubs

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The Major League Baseball season has crossed it's 100th game of the season which means that 60% of the regular season is in the books. And for some hard-luck teams, the end of the season isn't coming fast enough.

Let's take a look at some of those teams--

1. The Houston Astros (33-68) lost 67 of their first 100 games, marking this the worst 100-game start in Astros history. The "Stros need to win, at least, 30 of their remaining 61 games to avoid the first 100-loss season in team history.

I wonder if "El Caballo" Carlos Lee knows this?

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2. The Chicago Cubs (42-60) WON their 100th, 101st and 102nd games of the season. Sounds good, right? Well, this was their first 3-game winning streak of the season. I'm no expert, but um, 3-game winning streaks should first happen, you know, during the first 12 games of the season, not in game 102. This doesn't help our efforts to end this "curse" thing, Cubs. Try and win 3 in a row a "little" bit earlier next season if you want that annoying billy goat to go away.

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For the record, the Cubs elusive 3-game winning streak FINALLY came against, well, the Houston Astros.

3. The Seattle Mariners (43-58) were 43-43 and only 2.5 games out of 1st place on July 5. That was then. Unfortunately, a club-record 15-game losing streak has derailed the team and ended their season early. What the heck, manager Eric Wedge might as well grow back the mustache.

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By the way, couldn't the M's set the club record on any other day and not on Pat Gillick's big day?


4. The Kansas City Royals (42-59) were 11-6 on April 19. Back then I said, "Oh goodie! If they play .500 baseball the rest of the way, they'll have a winning season". Well, they've gone 31-53 since then. Doesn't look like .500 baseball, does it? Someone please remind me not to root for the Royals next season. Thank goodness the Pirates are keeping their promise so far.

Anyway, I'm getting depressed writing this post, so let me end it here.


Oh! Sorry Billy, didn't mean it in a bad way.

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