Sports gambling expectations turned to massive disappointments and plenty of online sports gambling red ink last year, however, as Houston finished 74-88 and in 4th place in the NL Central. Houston was one of the biggest sports gambling money losers on the board and attracted little support at any of the sports gambling site addresses in which they were listed.
This year the Astros are a team with plenty of sports gambling question marks. The ultimate big picture question, however, is which Astros team is for real? The 2008 sports gambling commodity that closed strong, made big profits, and nearly made the post season or the 2009 commodity that was weak in nearly every aspect of the game.
Houston finished the 2009 season ranked 27th in all of sports gambling for run production while ranking 24th overall for staff earned run average. Houston went over the sports gambling total in just 69 out of their 162 games last year. Right hander Roy Oswalt leads the rotation and is one of the better starters in the game.
Last year Oswalt was 8-6 with a 4.12 earned run average, which was considerably above his career earned run average of 3.23. Oswalt has a career record of 137-70 and has been a mainstay of the Houston rotation since 2001. Oswalt is expected to regain his old form for 2010 and if he does that will get Houston off to a good shot for redemption.
Left hander Wandy Rodriguez is another fine starter. Last year he posted a record of 14-12 with a 3.02 earned run average and pitched for power with 193 strike outs in 205 innings of work. Left fielder Carlos Lee leads a lineup that must increase production for 2010.
Lee hit .300 last year and had 26 home runs with 102 runs batted in. He has hit above .300 for four consecutive seasons and has hit at least 26 home runs or better every season since 2002.