Houston's quest to catch '62 Mets

Calculating the odds of the Astros making baseball history

Updated: May 14, 2013, 12:51 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider

Bud NorrisAP Photo/Pat SullivanBud Norris is Houston's ace, but he'd be a back-end starter for most clubs.

After losing their fifth game in the row on Monday, the Houston Astros dropped to 10-29, the worst record in baseball. That comes out to a winning percentage of .256, just a hair above the .250 mark (40-120) that the 1962 Mets managed in their first season of play. This has everyone wondering: Can the Astros break that mark and become the new gold standard of futility?


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