The Houston Astros are going nowhere fast and are in last place in the American League West.
Entering Tuesday, the Astros had the worst record in the majors, but not by a wide margin. The lovable losers on the north side of Chicago, at 19-30, are just three percentage points ahead of Houston (20-32).
Only some Cy Young winners can help the Astros this year, and not by trading for one. Four of Houston’s 20 wins have come against Cy Young winners.
The Astros are 4-1 against those hurlers, beating R.A. Dickey, CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez (twice) this season. Perhaps their biggest win of the season came in the first game when the Astros helped get Yankees legend Derek Jeter’s final season off on a bad note by beating Sabathia 6-2 at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros rocked Sabathia, a 2007 AL Cy Young winner with Cleveland, for six earned runs on eight hits. Every Astros run came in the first two innings, highlighted by Jesus Guzman’s two-run homer in the first and L.J. Hoes’ solo shot in the second.
Houston beat Dickey 6-4 in Toronto on April 10 to get its third win of the season. In seven innings, the 2012 National League Cy Young winner allowed five earned runs on six hits and walked three batters.
Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer off Dickey and Jonathan Villar added a three-run homer later in the game.
Houston’s final two wins against Cy Young winners came against Hernandez, the 2010 AL winner, in the last month.
The Astros beat the Mariners 7-2 in Seattle on April 21 to snap a seven-game losing streak. In seven innings, Hernandez allowed six runs — only two earned — and seven hits.
Houston’s first two runs of the game came on a Matt Dominguez homer in the top of the fifth. That game gave Hernandez his first and only loss of the season.
Hernandez got another shot at the Astros 13 days later and held them to two earned runs on five hits in five innings for a no-decision in a 5-4 Astros win on a George Springer single in the bottom of the 11th.
Houston’s only loss against a Cy Young winner came on May 5, when reigning AL winner Max Scherzer held the Astros to just three hits and a walk in a 2-0 win in Detroit.