Worst Teams of the 2010's
Thanks to a combination of fellow Card Swap member Ryan Perry suggesting this, and the Pirates trading players faster than the Rays team on a 2019 Bowman Draft break can be bought, I have a feeling those Buccos may be one of the worst teams of the 2021 season. As a matter of fact, as I was about to publish this blog, the Pirates traded my current favorite player of the team (it was Josh Bell before) Jameson Taillon to the Yankees for even more prospects. Let's hop back into the time machine to see what were some truly bad teams from this past decade
2013 Houston Astros 51-111: (45.9%)
This was the first years for the Astros in the AL after transferring over from the NL Central. They were the youngest team in 2013, averaging 25.8 years old. When you look at the roster, you do see some great names like José Altuve, J.D. Martinez, and Dallas Keuchel, but this was prior to all of their breakouts. Although Altuve did steal 35 bases, he only mustered a .678 OPS. Martinez was worse, hitting a .650 OPS, and Keuchel posted a 5.25 ERA. This teams major downfall was their pitching, averaging a league worst 4.79 ERA and 4.67 FIP. They weren't the worst offensive team (that belonged to the Marlins, averaging 3.17 runs per game, managed 62 wins thanks to José Fernandez and Steve Cishek amazing pitching performances), but still were bottom five in runs scored.
Jason Castro: By far Houston's best offensive player this year, his splits were .276/.350/.485. He hit 18 homers and drove in 56 runs. He was second amongst all catchers with a .835 OPS behind Yadier Molina's .836.