Astros Update – Week of July 4
For 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.
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.
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
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.
With 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 2nd
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 Tigers.
2014 Houston Astros Schedule
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
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
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.
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
The 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?
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.
When 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.