Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Return of the Colt .45s

Now this is an interesting bit of trivia: For the first time since the Colt .45s sported a 6-6 record in their first month of existance, the Houston Astros have reached the .500 mark with their all-time won-loss record:
Morgan Ensberg hit two home runs, Adam Everett had four RBIs and the Astros held on for a 13-12 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The win, Houston's fourth straight, puts the franchise at .500 for the first time since the Colt-.45s, as the team was known, were 6-6 before a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves on April 27, 1962. The franchise record is 3,507-3,507, making Houston the 13th team in the majors with a record of .500 or better.

Achieving that mark even seemes to have impressed Scrap Iron:
"It means the franchise has been pretty successful," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "I don't think there are many franchises that play at .500 or above .500.

"I think that's a pretty significant milestone. Our objective now is to stay way above it."

All things considered, this is a heck of a better way to start the season than by falling 15 games under .500, as the Astros did last year.

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