Wandy Rodriguez nearly did something extremely difficult. For a brief interlude Monday, he had visions of fashioning a winning record pitching for the worst team in Astros history.



Rodriguez left his final start of the season with a 4-2 lead and had to settle for a no-decision, leaving his final ledger at 11-11. His 3.49 ERA ranked 18th among National League qualifiers entering Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. The Astros were 14-16 (.467) when Rodriguez started, 42-88 (.323) when he didn't entering Tuesday.



"I feel like I had a good season," Rodriguez said. "I tried to make a quality start every time. I tried to make good pitches. That's what I did most of the time."



Rodriguez, 32, led the team with 20 quality starts in 30 outings. For the third consecutive season, Rodriguez made at least 30 starts, pitched at least 190 innings and had a 3.60 ERA or better. Whether he'll be back in the rotation in 2012 will be one of the major Astros story lines of the offseason.



The Rockies made a waiver claim in August on Rodriguez, who is finishing the first year of a three-year, $34 million contract. Unable to reach any agreement with the Rockies, the Astros pulled Rodriguez off waivers and are expected to shop him during the offseason.