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Worst groups of 2011-2015 – by G. Scott Thomas

No person resented Jim Crane’s sturdy sense of satisfaction in October 2015. His plan had labored. The workforce he owned, the Houston Astros, had certified for the playoffs for the primary time in 10 years.

The Houston franchise that Crane bought in 2011 was mired in mediocrity, posting a 76-86 file the 12 months earlier than. He gave the go-ahead for a youth motion. Excessive-priced veterans have been proven the door, changed by a locker room of uncooked children.

“I feel we went underneath a number of scrutiny after we took over and actually type of stripped the workforce down,” Crane mentioned. “We made a number of modifications within the entrance workplace, too. I don’t know if it’s ever been carried out with that magnitude, however hopefully we’ve obtained a few believers now.”

They did, although most individuals in baseball had been skeptics previous to Houston’s playoff breakthrough. The Astros had been merely horrible within the early years of the half-decade between 2011 and 2015, the interval that we’re inspecting immediately.

That is the eleventh installment in my sequence of tales in regards to the worst big-league ballclubs in the course of the Trendy Period, a interval that dates again to 1961. I’ve been continuing at five-year intervals on successive Mondays, arriving immediately at 2011-2015, a span wherein Houston was clearly essentially the most atrocious franchise.

The Astros suffered 106 losses in 2011, 107 in 2012, and 111 in 2013. The latter squad earned a workforce rating (TS) of simply 10.531 on a 100-point scale, the worst mark for any major-league membership in the course of the half-decade. The 2011 Astros have been second-worst with a TS of 11.311, and Houston’s 2012 got here subsequent in these sad rankings at 13.628. Rounding out the listing of 2011-2015’s 5 worst golf equipment: the 2011 Minnesota Twins and 2014 Texas Rangers.

Staff scores are calculated by an equalized system, which permits truthful comparisons of golf equipment from completely different seasons. (Click on right here to study in regards to the TS system.)

Scroll downward to see a listing of the underside 10 groups of the half-decade. Every is proven with its win-loss file and the share of Trendy Period golf equipment that it outperformed. (A complete of 1,656 big-league golf equipment performed within the period.) Staff scores and extra data are offered for the 5 squads that have been the very worst.

When you’re curious in regards to the earlier rankings on this sequence, comply with these hyperlinks to see the lowest-rated groups from 1961-1965, 1966-1970, 1971-1975, 1976-1980, 1981-1985, 1986-1990, 1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005, and 2006-2010.

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  • Document: 51-111

  • Staff rating: 10.531 factors

  • Trendy Period percentile: 0.8%

  • Supervisor: Bo Porter

  • Stars: Jose Altuve, a 23-year-old second baseman, batted .283 with 35 stolen bases. First baseman Chris Carter paced the membership with 29 dwelling runs and 82 runs batted in. Jordan Lyles led the beginning rotation with a 7-9 file.

  • Backside line: The Astros gave the impression to be regressing from 2011 onward: 106 losses, then 107, then 111. They completed 45 video games out of first place within the American League West in 2013, and the playoffs appeared very distant. However a postseason berth was simply two years on the horizon.

  • Document: 56-106

  • Staff rating: 11.311 factors

  • Trendy Period percentile: 1.0%

  • Supervisor: Brad Mills

  • Stars: Proper fielder Hunter Pence batted a stable .308 in 100 video games, and left fielder Carlos Lee drove dwelling 94 runs. Pence was traded in August 2011, Lee within the following season. Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez in some way put collectively a .500 file at 11-11. He would even be dealt in 2012.

  • Backside line: The Astros fell into final place within the Nationwide League Central on April 5 and by no means left. Their worst spell was a 14-39 file in June and July, which left them with a depressing 35-73 mark initially of August. They suffered one other 33 losses the remainder of the best way.

  • Document: 55-107

  • Staff rating: 13.628 factors

  • Trendy Period percentile: 1.6%

  • Supervisor: Brad Mills and Tony DeFrancesco

  • Stars: Jose Altuve led the Astros in runs scored (80), stolen bases (33), and batting common (.290) at age 22. Outfielder Justin Maxwell topped the membership with 18 homers. Lucas Harrell anchored the pitching employees with an 11-11 file and an earned run common of three.76.

  • Backside line: This was Houston’s last season within the Nationwide League, and it went as badly as anticipated. The Astros wilted in midsummer. They went 3-24 in July, together with a 12-game dropping streak, after which posted a 5-22 file in August.

  • Document: 63-99

  • Staff rating: 18.200 factors

  • Trendy Period percentile: 3.9%

  • Supervisor: Ron Gardenhire

  • Stars: Proper fielder Michael Cuddyer hit a team-leading 20 homers. Damage-plagued catcher Joe Mauer batted .287 in 82 video games. Heart fielder Ben Revere stole 34 bases. Three pitchers topped the membership with 9 victories every: Brian Duensing, Francisco Liriano, and Carl Pavano.

  • Backside line: The Twins sputtered to a 17-36 file over the primary two months of the 2011 season, however then appeared to proper themselves. They performed 11 video games above .500 in June and July, elevating hopes for a powerful end. What adopted as an alternative was an atrocious 13-41 stretch in August and September.

  • Document: 67-95

  • Staff rating: 18.535 factors

  • Trendy Period percentile: 4.2%

  • Supervisor: Ron Washington and Tim Bogar

  • Stars: Third baseman Adrian Beltre gained the Texas Triple Crown, main the workforce with 19 homers, 77 RBIs, and a .324 batting common. Pitcher Yu Darvish went 10-7 with a sterling 3.06 ERA, and fellow starter Colby Lewis additionally gained 10 video games.

  • Backside line: The Rangers had notched at the very least 90 wins in every of the 4 earlier seasons, so 2014’s descent to a 67-95 file was completely sudden. Texas remained above .500 till early June, when the wheels instantly flew off in successive dropping streaks of 4, eight, six, and eight video games.

  • 6. Arizona Diamondbacks (2014), 64-98, 4.5%

  • 7. Chicago Cubs (2012), 61-101, 4.8%

  • 8. Miami Marlins (2013), 62-100, 4.9%

  • 9. Philadelphia Phillies (2015), 63-99, 6.3%

  • 10. Cleveland Indians (2012), 68-94, 6.6%



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