Losing eight by nine — not as easy as you think

With their 11-2 loss to the Brewers Friday night, the Astros are pushing into record territory. Friday was the eighth time this year the Astros have been dusted by nine or more, and that’s against no victories of that size.

Since 1962, when the Astros started play, only 12 teams have gone winless in blowouts of that size. They are the 1977 Seattle Mariners, the ’94 Pirates, the ’69 Padres, the 2005 Diamondbacks, the 1968 Senators, the 1968 Seattle Pilots, the 2006 Nationals, the 1977 Braves, the 1979 Blue Jays, the 1997 Reds, the 1978 Athletics and the 2005 Orioles.

Here’s the table, courtesy of Baseball Reference:

Rk Tm Year G W L W-L% ▴ RS RA pythW-L%
1 SEA 1977 11 0 11 .000 18 139 .023
2 SDP 1969 10 0 10 .000 5 128 .003
3 PIT 1994 10 0 10 .000 19 130 .029
4 ARI 2005 9 0 9 .000 21 133 .033
5 CIN 1997 8 0 8 .000 21 101 .053
6 OAK 1978 8 0 8 .000 12 95 .022
7 WSN 2006 8 0 8 .000 20 100 .050
8 TOR 1979 8 0 8 .000 15 108 .026
9 BAL 2005 8 0 8 .000 13 89 .029
10 WSA 1968 8 0 8 .000 11 95 .019
11 SEP 1969 8 0 8 .000 16 100 .034
12 ATL 1977 8 0 8 .000 27 112 .069
13 HOU 2009 8 0 8 .000 10 93 .014

You might have noticed that none of those teams were good. The ’77 Mariners were 64-98. The ’94 Pirates were 53-61 in a strike year, so losing 10 by nine or more is actually an even more remarkable achievement.  That Padres team was 52-110. And the 2005 Diamondbacks were 77-85.

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