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Established in 1962 and settling on the team name Houston Astros in 1964, this team spent 51 years in the National League before making the leap to the American League in 2013. The Astros moniker derives from Houston’s position at the center of the NASA space program. In all of their time in MLB Baseball, this team had one lone pennant to show for it, coming in the 2005 season. Their first trip to the World Series resulted in a sweep by the Chicago White Sox. However, that would all change in 2017.
Following a similar path to the Chicago Cubs during their latest rebuild, the results would launch the Houston Astros to a season record of 101-61, earning them first place in the AL West and punching their ticket to the postseason. Facing off against the intimidating Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, Houston came out strong to bounce the team from Beantown in four games.
A series to remember would follow, as the Astros faced the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Behind the pitching of Dallas Kuechel and Justin Verlander, Houston jumped out to a 2-0 lead before losing the next three games at Yankee Stadium. Returning home and facing elimination, Verlander again took the mound and pitched a beauty, going seven scoreless innings en route a 6-1 victory, setting up an all or nothing seventh game. Charlie Morton got the start and never looked back. Going five scoreless innings before handing it off the Lance McCullers who would close it out, the duo blanked the Yanks, winning 4-0 to win their second pennant in team history.
No stranger to postseason adversity at this point, the Astros headed into the Fall Classic against a Los Angeles Dodgers team that had won 104 games in the regular season and had only lost one playoff game. A tough 3-1 loss in game one had everyone a little nervous, but the team came back strong to win games two and three to take control of the series before losing game four, tying up the series. In their last game at Minute Maid Park for 2017, the Astros outlasted the Dodgers with an exciting 13-12 win in extra innings. The Dodgers would win game six at home, once again putting the Astros in a game seven scenario. In the biggest game of their lives, the Houston Astros left everything out on the field at Dodger Stadium and emerged victorious, outlasting LA to win game seven by a score of 5-1.
Finally champions of baseball, the Houston Astros made it to the top of the MLB. Inspired throughout the season by the toughness and resilience of their hometown in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Astros gave back to Houston in the form of something that everyone could celebrate, a World Series title.
The base of this team are the young sluggers. Contributors in the form of Carlos Correa and George Springer look to improve upon their great work last season along with Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel. Jose Altuve is a force to be reckoned with at second base and Josh Reddick in right field also provides solid offense and defense for this club. Veteran catcher Brian McCann controls everything from his position behind the plate.
Pitching for the Astros has proven to be yet another strength, with an amazing rotation which includes Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. These two are among the best in the big leagues, and as if that weren’t enough, Houston also has Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers, and Charlie Morton ready to start. Ken Giles has been absolutely dominant in relief. Manager AJ Hinch expects big things from his team again this season and fan in Houston are eager to see if their team can repeat as champions.
Astros team history is rich with players that have graced the field in their uniforms. Among these former players are Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Nolan Ryan. Additional information about the storied history of the Houston Astros as well as about the current team can be obtained by clicking here.