Saturday, May 25, 2013

Why Strike Out With the Astros or Marlins?

If you follow Major League Baseball (MLB) to any degree, you know that the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros are bad, really bad.

So it should not have come as a surprise that the two teams were sporting similar records; the Marlins at 13-32 and the Astros at 14-34. Yes, if you combine those two teams, you get a miserable 17-66 mark. To put it politely, that is bad, really bad.

While neither franchise came into the 2013 season expected to set the world on fire, we’re not sure MLB experts thought they would even be quite this bad.

Houston Went From Bad to Worse

For those who were living under a rock over the last year, the Astros switched from the National League Central to the American League West in the off-season, this to even out the two leagues.

Formerly in the National League West back in the day, the Astros went from having to meet perennial power St. Louis on a regular basis in the N.L. Central to meeting in-state rival Texas regularly in the A.L. West. Yes, not much of an improvement.

Houston presently 16 games out of first place in the A.L. West, certainly on pace to again rack up 100-plus losses (finished 55-107 last year).

For those who do not live in Houston (and even some of those fans probably need a scorecard when attending home games), it is wise to get yourself a scorecard in order to figure out who the starting nine are that the Astros send out there on any given day.

Meantime, things are not much better in South Florida, this where the Marlins are also treading water, likely en route to a 100-plus loss campaign (Marlins were 69-93 a season ago).

Not Much Better in South Florida

Much like the Astros, the Marlins are not exactly stocked on the scorecard with household names on any given day.

While Houston has given up a horrific 261 runs in just 45 games, the Marlins have yielded a mere 190 in the same amount of games (a small victory some may say in South Florida).

What makes the Miami story a little more heartbreaking (at least for Marlins fans) is that this franchise has a pair of World Series titles under its belt, while the Astros have only made it to the big dance once, losing 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

With no foreseeable change for either franchise in the near future, it would behoove both organizations to give out as many promotional items as possible during the season.

Yes, at least a cool giveaway may soothe the hometown crowds, this when they go to watch their beloved Astros and Marlins lose on an almost daily basis.

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