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The Chase For Home-Field Advantage Continues

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It’s hard to call a 93-win season a disappointment. Especially when there are still ten games to be played.

Even so, it’s hard for Houston fans not to be a little bummed by the current American League standings. While the Astros have played well lately, winning seven of their last nine games, the Cleveland Indians have been even better. With another victory on Thursday night, Cleveland has taken a staggering 27 of their last 28 contests. That puts them 2.5 games ahead of the Astros for the best record in the league. Keep Reading

Best in the West

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Could it have gone any other way?

The Houston Astros clinched their division—thereby securing a place in the postseason—Sunday afternoon by defeating the Seattle Mariners by a score of 7-1. It’s the seventh division championship in Astros history, and the first since 2001. The ‘Stros last made the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2015, losing in the ALDS to Kansas City, the eventual World Series champs. Keep Reading

Inside the Home of the Astros

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This summer, Houston became a baseball town. Chalk it up to the success of the hometown Astros, whose magical year has included an 11-game winning streak and a ridiculous 16.5-game division lead by the All-Star Break. Injuries have slowed the ‘Stros in the season’s second half, but one thing is inescapably clear: The days of 100-loss seasons are over. Don’t expect them back anytime soon. Keep Reading

Astros Running Hot and Cold

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Well, that was weird.

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Astros Gaining Altitude

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These are the Astros Houston got used to this summer. Winners of seven in a row, the ball club is once again functioning on all cylinders. Over the course of a three-game sweep of the Mariners in Seattle, Houston pitching allowed all of six runs. The offense scored 14.

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Astros Line ‘Em Up

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The Astros couldn’t have drawn it up any better.

After a three-game sweep of the New York Mets in their emotional homecoming, the ‘Stros hit the road for three games in Seattle. It was a significant moment for the team – they shone big and bright in their return to Houston, and are now lined up to star on an even bigger stage. The playoff roster is starting to take shape, most notably in the starting rotation.

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Astros Return to Houston With Verlander In Tow

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Baseball doesn’t matter. Not in any literal way. Symbolically, though? That’s a different story.

The Houston Astros return to their city tomorrow, in a double-header against the New York Mets. There’s meaning there – Houston has been ravaged by catastrophic rains and flooding, including in parts of downtown near Minute Maid Park. A return to baseball signals a return to some semblance of normalcy.

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Astros Rerouted to The Trop

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The Houston Astros’ home series against the Texas Rangers, originally scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday at Minute Maid Park, has been rerouted to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The news comes as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to soak Houston with dangerous floodwater.

The status of Houston’s weekend series against the New York Mets is uncertain; it’s worth noting that Tropicana Field will be available this weekend, if needed.

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