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Astros having trouble in the clutch

4/14/2009

Editor's note: Inside Edge is a professional scouting service that supplies reports and tools regularly used by major league teams. The following look ahead is based on its scouting data.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH: WEDNESDAY

1. Anxious Astros stranding baserunners

Seven games into the season, the Houston Astros have scored just 16 runs, the fewest in the majors. Other teams have hit for worse than the Astros' overall .234 team batting average, but Houston has struggled mightily with runners in scoring position, going 6-for-35 with nine strikeouts: