Astros Set Strikeout Record, Rangers Win Again

Astros Set Strikeout Record, Rangers Win Again

The good news for the Houston Astros is that they will win more games than injured Johan Santana, who is one of three players being paid more than their whole team, they can no longer be the only sixth place team in baseball now that they have moved to the 5-team AL West, and they had three more hits Wednesday than they did in the near perfect game thrown against them Tuesday. The rest is bad for the team with a $24 million payroll (see all teams below) that was shut out by Texas again Wednesday.

Other than that, this looks like a team set on losing another 100 games. The team with the $24 million payroll set a record Wednesday by striking out 43 times in the first three games of a season.
Lance Berkman, who played on the only Astros team to make a World Series, doubled in a run to give Alexi Ogando the only run he needed, but the Rangers added three more to win 4-0.

Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits apiece and drove in a run each for the Rangers.

Ogando followed up on Yu Darvish’s near perfect game Monday by making the Rangers the third team in the Majors to register their second win, 4-0.

“(The near perfect game) was a spectacular game, and it certainly motivated me to pitch well today,” Ogando told the AP in Spanish through a translator.

For the entire AP story on the game, click here.

MLB Team Salary
New York Yankees $228,995,945
Los Angeles Dodgers $216,302,909
Philadelphia $159,578,214
Boston $158,967,286
Detroit $149,046,844
San Francisco $142,180,333
Los Angeles Angels $142,165,250
Texas $127,197,575
Chicago White Sox $124,065,277
Toronto $118,244,039
St. Louis $116,702,085
Washington $112,431,770
Cincinnati $110,565,728
Chicago Cubs $104,150,726
Baltimore $91,793,333
Milwaukee $91,003,366
Arizona $90,158,500
Atlanta $89,288,193
New York Mets $88,877,033
Seattle $84,295,952
Cleveland $82,517,300
Kansas City $80,491,725
Minnesota $75,562,500
Colorado $75,449,071
San Diego $71,689,900
Oakland $68,577,000
Pittsburgh $66,289,524
Tampa Bay $57,030,272
Miami $39,621,900
Houston $24,328,538