The Houston Astros were eliminated from playoff contention after a 3-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves Sunday afternoon.
Houston Astros 2006 Playoff Hopes
Born: April 3, 2006
Died: October 1, 2006
The defending NL champion Astros started out fast, then faded, then signed Roger Clemens, then faded again, then staged an improbable run as the Cardinals stumbled, only for the Astros to run out of miracles to pull out of ... somewhere.
The team is survived by Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman. And some fairly good relief pitchers.
There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the Houston Astros ask that you donate money to the Gene Mauch 1964 Monument Fund.