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After a very impressive 2015 season, Houston will look to capitalize on their new found success and make a run at a World Series title. With a promising core of young talent, the Astros are poised to compete for an AL West Crown and beat out the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Grab your 2016 Houston Astros tickets and head over to Minute Maid Park to watch this young and exciting team take on the MLB.
Big things were expected from the Houston Astros in the 2016 season but due to a slow start, the team was unable to contend in the AL West. During the 2017 offseason, the Astros imported several veterans like Carlos Beltran and Josh Reddick. New York Yankees’ Brian McCann was also acquired and the team has high hopes pinned on them. The Astros impressive young talent includes Jose Altuve, who was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2016. Along with Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer, Altuve forms a championship caliber core. It’s a lineup that can win the 2017 West Division title and also the World Series.
With odds in favor of the 'Stros, the fans are keeping an eye out for Houston Astros tickets.
Standout Moments in Houston Astros History
From their inception in 1962 as the Colt .45s, to the 34 years in Astrodome, to the exciting games at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros have enjoyed quite a journey.
The Houston Colt .45s was renamed Houston Astros in 1965 and the same year they inaugurated Astrodome, an indoor baseball stadium. With a 2-1 exhibition victory over the New York Yankees, the Astros announced their arrival.
2005 AL Pennant – It wasn’t the best of starts for the Houston Astros. At 15-30 they were written off by most experts, until they finally ended their losing streak with a 5-1 road win over the Chicago Cubs. This was just the push the Astros needed. Consecutive wins over their Wild Card nemesis Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers, helped them finish with a 74-43 record. The Wild Card went to the Houston Astros and it set the momentum for the 2005 National League Championship Series.
It was Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The Minute Maid Park and Busch Stadium (II) hosted three games each, and the 'Stros opened the series with a loss. They bounced back by winning games 2, 3 and 4, suffered another blow by losing game 5 and finally sealed the deal with 11 homeruns in game 6. Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt did not just win the MVP Award that season. Team’s owner Drayton McLane promised Oswalt a bulldozer if they won the NL Pennant – they did and Oswalt received his shiny new yellow Caterpillar D6N XL tractor right before Christmas.
1997-1999 Central Champions – 1997 was the year of fine-tuning and it started with Larry Dierker. Former pitcher and a broadcaster, he was offered the job of Houston Astros manager. The baseball world treated it as a joke – laidback broadcaster dressed in Hawaiian shirts. But in the end the joke was on the National League Central Division.
Houston Astros first NL Central Division victory came after 11 years, last when Mike Scott steered the side to a NL West Division title (1986). The Astros flourished under Dierker as he raised the level of pitching and kept the side from choking under pressure during the Pennant race. It allowed them to make a second appearance in the playoffs and by posting 102-win record, lifted their consecutive National League Central trophy in 1998.
1999 is memorable for more than one reason. Of course it brought the Astros their third consecutive National League Central title, but it was also their last year at the infamous Astrodome. The 1999 Championship represented a sound victory over tremendous adversity that the Astros faced during that season – injuries and Larry Dierker recovering from a near-death seizure.
Houston Astros Arch Rivals
The Astros have their share of rivalries but compared to the fierce ones like New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, theirs lack intensity.
Astros-Rangers Rivalry – The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers share rivalry based on their geography as both are based in Texas. It started after Astros’s Nolan Ryan left the side to join the Rangers and it didn’t sit well with the fans as well as his team mates. In their head to head meetings, Rangers lead with a 61-101 win-loss record.
Astros-Cardinals Rivalry – Fans call it a fun rivalry, driven by talent on both sides. Their games are competitive, tough but lack the fierceness seen in other rivalries. Fans of the two teams have a love-hate relationship.
Greatest Players in Houston Astros History
Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Sean Berry formed the Houston Astros Killer B’s, name given to them on the basis of their surnames. Considered some of the best players to have represented the franchise, they played a huge role in the Astros winning Central Division titles as well as the AL Pennant.
Roy Oswalt, Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens are the best pitchers to put on an Astros uniform. Oswalt especially helped the side reach the World Series in 2005 and is considered a legend in MLB.
Houston Astros Live Games
The Houston Astros moved to the Minute Maid Park in 2000. Located in downtown Houston, can seat over 40,000+ fans. Best known for its sloping center field, Minute Maid Park also hosted the 75th MLB All Star Game in 2012. The Stadium is equipped with complete stadium Wi-Fi and is the first major sports facility to use a separate video board exclusively for closed captioning for the hearing impaired of PA system and video board content.
Entering the 2017 campaign with a better offense and a strong bullpen, the Astros appear poised to improve on their last year’s record.
Astros Game tickets for the season are in demand, especially since the tide has turned in their favor.