A look at past 0-4 starts

The Astros are 0-4 after being swept by the Phillies and dropping Tuesday’s opener against the Reds. This is the eighth time in the Astros’ 50 years of existence that they have lost their first four games of the season, and the third time in the past five years. They’ve actually rallied to finish with a .500 record or better three times in their seven previous 0-4 starts.

If they lose to the Reds on Wednesday, it would mark the fifth time the team has started 0-5 (1969, 1978, 1983, 2010).

Here’s how the Astros finished after their previous 0-4 starts:

  • 1969: Astros lose their first five games and rally to finish 81-81, which marked the first time in their history they didn’t have a losing season.
  • 1978: After starting 0-5 for the second time in team history, the Astros stumble to a 74-88 finish.
  • 1981: After winning 93 games and taking the NL West in 1980, the Astros stumble out of the gate. They get their act together and go a combined 61-49 in a strike-shortened season.
  • 1983: The Astros shake off a club-record nine consecutive losses to start the season and go 85-68 the rest of the way, finishing 85-77.
  • 1990: Coming off an 86-win season, the Astros finish 75-87 under Art Howe.
  • 2007: In Phil Garner’s final season, the Astros finish 73-89 for first losing season since 2000.
  • 2010: Astros lose first eight games in first season of manager Brad Mills.


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