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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 has one lone pennant to show for it, coming in the 2005 season. Their sole trip to the World Series resulted in a sweep by the Chicago White Sox. As a result the Houston Astros are still searching for the first World Series game victory.
However, that could all change given the current state of the team in the lone star state. Following a similar path to the Chicago Cubs during their latest rebuild, the results could see the Houston Astros end up atop the MLB and a World Series contender in the near future.
The base of this team are the young sluggers. Contributors in the form of Carlos Correa and George Springer look at make improve upon their great work last season along with Alex Bregman and Yuliski Gurriel. Jose Altuve at second base and Josh Reddick in right field also provide solid offense for this club. Carlos Beltran is sure to come in handy mentoring these younger players.
Pitching could be a problem for this team as Dallas Keuchel is coming off a big drop off year following his Cy Young Award in 2015. Expect to see the general manager make some moves to sure up the starting rotation as well as the bullpen. Manager AJ Hinch expects big things from his team this season and fan in Houston are eager to see how it plays out on the baseball diamond.
While there may not have been much tangible success on the field in terms of pennants and championships, the Astros team history is rich with players that have graced the field in their uniforms. Among these 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.