Look away, I’m hideous: Astros’ post-trades lineup is ugly

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Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters.

Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this afternoon:

1. Jose Altuve, 2B

2. Clint Barmes, SS

3. Jason Bourgeois, CF

4. Carlos Lee, 1B

5. Jason Michaels, RF

6. J.D. Martinez, LF

7. Chris Johnson, 3B

8. Carlos Corporan, C

9. Brett Myers, P

I honestly think that group would have a tough time leading Triple-A in scoring. Lee has the highest slugging percentage at .438 and the fifth-place hitter, Michaels, has a .561 OPS. At least Altuve is fun to watch.

Here’s some more analysis on the Astros’ lineup from Cosmo Kramer:

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.