Astros Update – Week of August 8th
Since the All-Star break, the Astros have had some great moments already,
particularly when playing some of the very best teams in the league. During a recent home stand against the A's and the Blue
Jays, two of the top teams in the American League, the Astros pulled together and won both series, including three out of
four against the Jays. In their five wins in the two series, the Astros really pulled it together on their pitching staff,
shutting down two of the most explosive lineups in the league in the process. With the Astros looking to keep up the momentum,
they're hoping to continue to flash their potential and show that they're definitely not going to go quietly in the A.L. West.
of the top parts of their attack game in and game out continues to be Jose Altuve, the smooth-hitting second baseman who is
proving to be one of the best young players at his position in the game. Altuve has been leading the American League in hitting
for most of the season and has shown that he has the talent to win batting titles, not to mention the speed to snag a few
extra hits and make himself even more dangerous than he already is. Altuve also is far and away the best base-stealer in the
American League, trailing only Dee Gordon in the entire league.
With Altuve proving to be one of the most electrifying
players in the league and pitchers like Dallas Keuchel, Brett Oberholtzer and others putting together some very nice starts
in recent weeks, the Astros continue to point out that this is a roster with a lot of talent lurking. Though it won't be easy
in the same division as the Angels and the A's, this is a team that will be looking to put up plenty of wins coming down the
home stretch as they look to rise in the A.L. West standings.
Astros Update – Week of July 4
the Astros, it's all about taking their talented young team to the next level, which is exactly what has fans optimistic about
their future as they continue to turn some heads around the league. Though it hasn't all come together just yet for the Astros,
they've also had some very good stretches as well, particularly in the month of June. In June, the Astros took home series
wins against teams like the Angels as well as the A.L. Central-leading Tigers, showing that they're definitely not intimidated
at all. They also took three out of four against the Diamondbacks, helping them to get their season headed in the right direction
as they look to make their move in the A.L. West.
One of the brightest spots of the season, of course, has been the
performance of second baseman Jose Altuve, who has been nothing short of electrifying all season long. With an average close
to.350 at the midway point of the season, Altuve has been near or at the top of the entire league in batting average for much
of the year so far, showing that he's the type of hitter who can definitely win a batting title if it all comes together.
Right-fielder George Springer has also provided a major spark, and pitchers around the league that it can be very hard to
keep this talented power hitter in the ballpark.
More than just doing some damage in the batter's box, however, the
Astros have shown that they have some big-time talent both in the rotation and in the bullpen. Winning eight of his first
13 decisions with an ERA well below 2.00, Dallas Keuchel has looked very sharp throughout the season and has been giving the
Astros a chance to win every time that he's taken the hill. Also having a great first half has been Jarred Cosart, helping
to give the Astros a deep rotation filled with young stars on the rise. With a nice collection of talent and a ball club that
is starting to find its stride, the second half of the season should be an exciting one for the Astros and their fans.
Astros Update – Week of June 6
When the Astros were looking for a bright spot, it turned out they didn't
have to look too long, as George Springer announced that he's one of the best young right-handed hitters in the entire league.
After a slow start to the season, the 24-year-old turned it on in a big way in May, belting 10 homers and driving in 25 RBIs
to be among the most productive hitters in the American League over that stretch. Springer also enjoyed an unbelievable stretch
towards the end of May, as smacked seven homers in a seven-game stretch to match one of the best homer streaks in recent seasons.
that type of turnaround to his season, suddenly Springer is in the Rookie of the Year conversation, and the young phenom is
giving Astros fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they look to show some signs in the A.L. West. It hasn't all been about
Springer, however, as guys like Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler have also provided some big moments as well. Altuve, who leads
the team in batting average, has been particularly impressive, as he's amongst the best base-stealers in the game so far this
season as he continues to give the top of the lineup a major spark.
And the Astros really showed their potential during
a recent seven-game winning streak, which saw the Astros take home five straight games on the road (against the Mariners and
Royals) and took two more at home against the Orioles. That's what can happen when a guy like Springer really gets going,
and the Astros have been proving that they have a nice collection of young talent that is capable of rattling off a bunch
of wins in a row once they get rolling. With big upcoming series against the Twins, Diamondbacks, Rays and Nationals, the
Astros have plenty of opportunities to turn it around in the coming weeks.
Astros Update – Week of May
One of the best things about Major League Baseball is the long season is that you have a chance to redeem yourself,
allowing talent to rise to the top. And that's exactly what the Astros are looking to do after struggling a bit to start the
2014 campaign. Though it hasn't been easy, the Astros have had some bright spots, including taking two out of three against
the Yankees in New York to start the regular season and also winning a series in Seattle and splitting a four-game set with
the A's, the team that has built a solid lead in the A.L. West.
One of the best parts of the 2014 season, of course,
has been starting pitcher Dallas Kuechel. Kuechel has put together a 2-1 record with a team-best 3.56 ERA while also leading
the team with 30 strikeouts. In four starts, Scott Feldman also is tied for the team lead with four wins and put together
quality starts in three out of those outings, complete with a microscopic ERA of 1.69. Matt Albers has also come out of the
bullpen firing rocks, tallying a 0.90 ERA in his first eight appearances of the season.
On offense, the Astros have
some up-and-coming talent that has shown some real signs of life. Leading the way has been Jose Altuve, who leads the team
with hits (32) and batting average (.276) through the first month of the regular season. Pitchers have also had some trouble
keeping Matt Dominguez in the ballpark, as the smooth-swinging third baseman leads the team with four homers. After a tough
first month of the season, the Astros will be looking to build on some big home wins against the A's near the end of April
as they start May with a series at home against the Mariners and then on the road against the N.L. Central-leading Detroit
2014 Houston Astros Schedule
Coming off of an up and down first season in the A.L. West, the Astros
are reloaded with another talented squad bursting with promise and hopes of challenging for a playoff spot. The Astros have
some young players that are looking to make their mark on the American League West, and that could go a long way in helping
this team climb the division standings this season. The Astros have a ton of great matchups on their home schedule to be played
at Minute Maid Park this season, and you can be there in the stands to take it all in live and in person. But you also don't
want to forget about the road games, as you have 81 different opportunities to see your team from a completely different perspective
as the Astros look to do their thing on the diamond and put together a memorable season.
Of course, winning within the
division would be a great start. The Astros will host the reigning American League West champion Oakland Athletics multiple
times this season in what should be some of the biggest games of the year for Houston. The A's are a well-rounded baseball
team through and through, and have laid out the blueprint for how to win without a huge payroll. This is a model the Astros
may look to follow, and beating the A's this season could be a great way to kick start a winning streak. The Astros have a
lot of talented players that are looking to make a name for themselves in this league, and a contest against the division
champs is the perfect opportunity to showcase their skills.
The Astros will host their other division rivals quite often
as well, so games against the Rangers, Angels and Mariners will be huge in 2014. The Rangers were the best of that bunch last
season, and they boast one of the better lineups in the bigs. The Astros will have to bring their best to come out on top
against such a good squad. Whatever team the Astros are facing off with, though, they'll play better if they have a solid
crowd behind them. From home games against top-tier interleague foes to out-of-town battles with divisional rivals, the schedule
has plenty of different opportunities for fans this season.
Houston Astros Team Info
The Houston Astros
play in the American League West division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Oakland Athletics, Texas
Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners. The Astros finished in last place in the division in 2013, but are hoping
for a meteoric rise in the standings in 2014. As their talented young players mature and the Astros get more accustomed to
playing in the A.L. West, a division they joined before the 2013 season, things should go better for this ball club. The Astros
are hoping to steadily improve this season and show the American League what they're made of. Of course, it helps that they
have guys like Chris Carter lighting it up at the plate and Scott Feldman on the bump, giving the Astros a chance every time
they take to the diamond.
The MLB Experience
People all over the country love Major League Baseball, and
that's no surprise when you consider how many of them grew up with the game. Baseball has been a part of American culture
for more than 100 years and is a part of American history. People from all walks of life head to stadiums across the country
on a regular basis to see their favorite players on the diamond doing their thing. These players will wow you with amazing
catches, blazing fastballs and smoking line drives. Make sure to get out and support the Astros this season as you experience
all that comes with being there in person for a Major League Baseball game.
Houston Astros History
Houston Astros were founded in 1962 as the Houston Colt.45s. The organization quickly ditched the firearm theme in 1965 and
renamed the team the Astros. The Astros spent most of their existence playing in the Astrodome, a stadium they called home
from 1965 to 1999. The team now plays their home games at Minute Maid Park, where you can always count on thousands of fans
at every single game as the Astros look to round into form and swing their way back into the postseason. Houston made their
only World Series appearance in 2005 and their fans are hungry to see them get another crack at the title with a talented
team filled with promising young players.
Houston Astros Trivia
Who holds the Astros franchise record
for the most home runs in a single season?
The answer is former Houston slugger Jeff Bagwell, who clocked 47 homers
in 2000. Bags was one of the very best first basemen off the 1990s and helped lead the Astros in a big way alongside Craig
Biggio, solidifying both of them as the gold standard for excellence in an Astros uniform.
it comes to baseball, the fans of the game are about as loyal as it gets. Baseball has been around for more than a century,
and it's a way of life for many people in the United States. Those folks never want to miss a game, and always head out to
root for the home team when they can. You can see these fans in action, and join them in their cheering for the team, this
season when you head out to see the Astros take the field to do battle with an American League foe.
But even though
home games at Minute Maid Park are an absolute must for Astros fans, you also don't want to forget about the rest of the schedule.
Away games are something that every fan needs to see first-hand sooner or later, as you'll get a completely different perspective
on Astros baseball as you see if they have what it takes to pull down a big win in foreign territory. Home or away, the schedule
is filled with possibilities and you'll be greeted by thousands of fellow fans at every turn.