A closer look at futility

Facts about the Astros:

•They are 111-213 over the past two seasons, a .343 winning percentage.

•Their $25 million projected Opening Day payroll would be baseball's smallest since the 2008 Marlins were at $21 million.

•They are joining the American League this year after playing in the National League from 1962 to 2012, including the first three years as the Houston Colt .45s.

•Since 1900 only two major league teams have switched leagues: the Astros and the Brewers, who jumped to the National League in 1998.