The Astros have an almost unending list of options to choose from if they want to lose 100 games for the third consecutive season and leave a three-year mark as one of the worst franchises in baseball history.

Right fielder Jimmy Paredes’ embarrassing E-9 that turned a win into a loss, first-year manager Bo Porter’s misinterpreting the rules of a standard pitching change, and a 17-2 home loss to Detroit were just the start.

There are only a few ways the 14-33 Astros can go at least 49-66 the remainder of the year and avoid becoming the first club since the 2004-06 Kansas City Royals to record 100 defeats in back-to-back-to-back seasons.

Getting solid starting pitching is one. Riding a capable bullpen is another. Having a closer who actually enters games with a win on the line and a save in sight is a third. The Astros have achieved all three during a 4-3 stretch that has seen the club’s projected loss total fall from 118 to 114 and Porter’s off-the-field energy finally begin to pay on-the-field dividends.