The ever-changing Houston pitching staff will have another new look in this weekend's three-game series against the Rangers, who will face left-handers Dallas Keuchell and Erik Bedard for the first two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles in the finale.
The Astros entered Thursday with the second-worst record in baseball at 10-24, and that's an improvement after winning two straight games against the Angels. One of the other eight Houston wins came Opening Night against the Rangers.
Manager Ron Washington isn’t already counting on three wins at Minute Maid Park.
"I don't take that for granted," he said. "It's the best team that plays the best that night, not the team with the best personnel."
Washington recalled his days with Minnesota in the early 1980s to draw comparison to what the Astros are going through. The 1982 and 1983 Twins, made up mostly of young players, combined to lose 194 games but won a World Series in 1987.
"They're young, they're inexperienced and they're learning on the job," Washington said. "If you've got the belief and faith in the process, it can work for you."
-- Jeff Wilson