Astros Become Worst NL Team

By ROBERT HENSLEE

The Astros hope a return to the familiar confines of Minute Maid Park can turn their fortunes around as they open a six game homestand.  They return from a 2-4 road trip with the worst record in the National League, 13-21, thanks in large part to their beleaguered bullpen.

The Astros relief corps has been no relief.  Collectively, they have blown nine saves this season, including two on last week’s road trip through Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  Their bullpen ERA is a major league worst 5.54.

They’ll try to get back on track Monday night in the opener of a three game series with the Reds.  Aneury Rodriguez (0-0, 4.25 ERA) will start the series opener against Reds LHP Travis Wood (1-3, 6.21 ERA). 

Rodriguez, a rule five draft pick, was excellent in his first major league start Tuesday in Cincinnati.  He threw five shutout innings, allowing only one hit but did not factor in the decision of a game the Astros lost 3-2.

Wood started that game for the Reds, allowing two runs in six innings.  But he also took a no-decision, extending his personal winless streak to six consecutive starts.

The Astros placed Jason Bourgeois on the disabled list Sunday, recalling Joe Inglett from AAA Oklahoma City to replace him.  Bourgeois suffered a strained oblique Saturday.

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