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Roy Oswalt Hopes to Help Houston Astros Avoid The Big 0

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Jamie Moyer #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Bright House Networks Field on February 24, 2010 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Richard ZowieCorrespondent IApril 11, 2010

Following the Houston Astros' 9-6 loss the Philadelphia Phillies last night (I'm typing this at around 12:30 a.m. EST), the Astros are now 0-5 on the season.

Not only does this put them in last place in the NL Central, it gives them another very dubious distinction.

Houston is the only team in Major League Baseball that's still winless.

The woeful Baltimore Orioles are 1-4.

What about the Kansas City Royals? Not only are the Court Jesters 2-3, but they are a game ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

The Washington Nationals are 2-3.

Last night the 'Stros lost to 47-year-old Jamie Moyer.

First, a junk-balling disappointment in Barry Zito and now a pitcher who, when not pitching, is busy filling out his AARP application.

It really makes you wonder what the Astros have to do to get a win.

I suppose it's encouraging that Houston scored five runs off of Great-Grandpa Moyer and actually led going into the seventh inning, but when your bullpen can't close out games, you're doomed.

As Roy Oswalt will take the mound later on this afternoon, we hope he can pitch well enough to help Houston get its first win and kill any chance of the 'Stros challenging the 1988 Baltimore Orioles' record 0-21 to begin an MLB season.

Richard Zowie blogs about the Houston Astros for Bleacher Report. He's convinced the Astros will win at least one game this season, preferably against the New York Mets and Carlos "Traitor" Beltran. Post comments here or e-mail him (Richard, not Traitor) at richardzowie@gmail.com .

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