HOUSTON, TX -- Manager Brad Mills wasn't being facetious when he said that his team's major league-worst 9-32 record away from Houston in the first half of the season was a big roadblock.
As the Astros limp into the second half with baseball's worst record, Mills' biggest task is to help his young team win on the road. They'll do it without the leadership of Carlos Lee, one of the team's only veterans. He was traded to Miami last week.
Houston's chance to improve begins immediately after the break when the Astros embark on a 10-game West Coast swing to face the Giants, Padres and Diamondbacks.
The Astros are 24-21 at home.