Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is less than three weeks away, and Houston is already abuzz about the Astros. Minute Maid Park will be a hot destination all summer long as the team mounts its World Series title defense. Lucky for us, the folks at the ballpark have made celebrating the ‘Stros easy this summer—by stuffing their schedule with fun promotions and unique giveaways. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below. Plan your trip to the old ball game this summer around this fun collection hats, shirts, bobbleheads, and more.
The Houston Astros wrapped up their dominant 2017 season by claiming three wins in a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park last weekend.
Their next opponent? Those same Red Sox, who travel to Houston to begin the best-of-five American League Division Series on Thursday.
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
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
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
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.
The second half of the season hasn’t too kind to the Houston Astros, who entered their weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays having lost five of their previous six games. A number of key offensive cogs have been slowed by injury in recent weeks, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at Friday night’s box score. The Astros exploded for 16 runs, including nine in the fourth inning, and toppled the Jays by a final score of 16-7.
By most measures, the Houston Astros have the best offense in baseball. They slug balls over the fence like no one else, they work counts and draw walks, and they’ve made a habit of not striking out. There’s no such thing as an easy out in this lineup, and that starts at the top – leadoff man George Springer is in the midst of a career year.
For a first-place team, the Astros sure have been unlucky. That may sound glib in reference to the best team in baseball, but there aren’t many other ways to describe the litany of injuries that have beset the Houston starting rotation. At present, staff anchor Dallas Keuchel is keeping fellow hurlers Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh company on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Lance McCullers Jr. returned to duty just last week.