The Astros finished the season 89-73, marking the fifth consecutive season the team has finished .500 or above. By clinching the Wild Card berth, the Astros have made the playoffs six times in the last 11 years now, which is tied for second with St. Louis as the most playoff appearances for National League teams.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Atlanta
Houston has lost five of six games to Atlanta this season, but all came before May 27, when the club was 16-31. Since then, they have gone 73-42.
Record vs. playoff teams
The Astros finished 10-19 against teams in the playoffs, but did not play any teams from the American League that are in the playoffs. San Diego is the only playoff team the Astros have a winning record against (4-3).
Record vs. winning teams
Houston finished the season 24-28 against winning teams. The Astros swept the season series against Philadelphia (6-0).
None of the American League teams they played this season had a winning record.
Houston finished in the bottom half of the National League in almost every batting category, including runs scored (11th), batting average (13th), home runs (9th), RBIs and on-base percentage (12th).
MLB hitting stats
Astros hitting stats
Roy Oswalt, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite could be the No. 1 starter on any team in the Major Leagues. Together, they make the fiercest threesome in the playoffs. If Houston gets any substantial hitting (which has been hard for parts of the season), Oswalt (19-12, 2.86 ERA), Clemens (12-8, 1.89 ERA) and Pettite (17-9, 2.39 ERA) should be able to carry them through. Brad Lidge's emergence as a dominant closer (40 saves, 2.36 ERA) makes Houston the team no one wants to face in the playoffs.
MLB pitching stats
The Astros finished No. 2 in the Major Leagues (behind St. Louis) in staff ERA, No. 2 in the Major Leagues in strikeouts-to-walks ratio, No. 3 in strikeouts per nine innings, and No. 1 in the National League in ERA with hitters in scoring position. Clemens and Pettite finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, in National League ERA leaders.
Astros pitching stats
The Astros may not be the flashiest team defensively, but they play smart defense and stay within their respective abilities.
Craig Biggio made the switch back to second base -- where he has won four Gold Gloves in his career -- from the outfield at the start of the season and has made a smooth transition.
MLB fielding stats
Third baseman Morgan Ensberg has shown the ability to field well. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but he makes up for it with his 36 home runs. A third baseman that can field well and hit is a coveted asset.
In the outfield, Willy Taveras wraps up his first complete season playing center field. He's played well, and ranks second in the National League in outfield assists (9) and fifth in overall fielding percentage (.991).
Astros fielding stats
Brandon Backe (3 G, 18 2/3 IP, 1-0 record, 2.89 ERA)
Roger Clemens (30 G, 180 2/3 IP, 10-7 record, 3.49 ERA)
Mike Gallo (3 G, 2.0 IP, 0-0 record, 4.50 ERA)
Brad Lidge (7 G, 12 1/3 IP, 1-0 record, 0.73 ERA)
Roy Oswalt (2 G, 8.0 IP, 0-0 record, 6.75 ERA)
Andy Pettitte (30 G, 186 2/3 IP, 13-8 record, 4.05 ERA)
Chad Qualls (6 G, 8.0 IP, 0-1 record, 9.00 ERA)
Russ Springer (9 G, 9.0 IP, 1-1 record, 5.00 ERA)
Dan Wheeler (5 G, 8.0 IP, 1-0 record, 0.00 ERA)
Brad Ausmus (21 G, .220, 2 HR, 5 RBIs)
Raul Chavez (4 G, .444, 1 HR, 2 RBIs)
Jeff Bagwell (26 G, .232, 2 HR, 12 RBIs)
Craig Biggio (26 G, .198, 2 HR, 6 RBIs)
Eric Bruntlett (6 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Morgan Ensberg (12 G, .244, 1 HR, 7 RBIs)
Adam Everett (5 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Mike Lamb (6 G, .250, 2 HR, 3 RBIs)
Jose Vizcaino (30 G, .232, 0 HR, 5 RBIs)
Lance Berkman (15 G, .310, 4 HR, 5 RBIs)
Charles Gipson (5 G, .000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
Jason Lane (7 G, .500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs)
Orlando Palmeiro (18 G, .250, 0 HR, 0 RBIs)
2005 stats vs. Atlanta
Mike Lamb has done the most offensive damage to Atlanta this season. He is batting .333 with three RBIs and two doubles against Atlanta.
In his one outing against Atlanta this season, Clemens did not allow a run in the seven innings he pitched, while striking out eight.
Career vs. Game 1 starter John Smoltz
Craig Biggio: .260 (27-for-104), 2 HR, 7 RBIs
Jeff Bagwell: .293 (24-for-82), 2 HR, 9 RBIs
Jose Vizcaino: .222 (24-for-82), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Brad Ausmus: .217 (5-for-23), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Morgan Ensberg: .167 (1-for-6), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Lance Berkman: .500 (3-for-6), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Adam Everett: .000 (0-for-3), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Orlando Palmeiro: .500 (1-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Raul Chavez: .000 (0-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Mike Lamb: .500 (1-for-2), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Jason Lane: .000 (0-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Willy Taveras: .000 (0-for-2), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Stephen A. Norris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.