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|Stadium:||Minute Maid Park|
|Colors:||Dark blue, orange & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Jimmy Wynn, Don Wilson, Jim Umbricht, Mike Scott, Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard, Shane Reynolds, Joe Niekro, Joe Morgan, Larry Dierker, Jose Cruz & Bob Aspromonte|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Leo Durocher|
|Rivals:||Texas Rangers & St Louis Cardinals|
|Legends:||Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan, Jimmy Wynn, Roger Clemens, Lance Berkman, Brad Ausmus, Larry Dierker, Dickie Thon, Jose Cruz, Roy Oswalt & Mike Scott|
|Retired Numbers:||9: 5, 7, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40 & 49|
|World Series Championships:||1: 2017|
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The Houston Astros or the Colt .45s as they were known at the time, entered the MLB a year after the Texas Rangers joined, as an expansion side along with the New York Mets. The Colt .45s, couldn’t have asked for a better start to their era in the MLB when they played the Chicago Cubs and won 11-2.
However, for the rest of the time it wasn’t exactly a very warm welcome as they finished eighth in their first season with 64 wins, and then finished ninth in the next two years with 66 wins.
After the Colt .45s finished their 1964 season, by December that year, the organization renamed the team to the Houston Astros, paying homage to the Johnson Space Center (now renamed to NASA) which is based in Houston.
By the time the 1965 season started, the Astros moved from Colt Stadium (where they played from 1962 to 1964) to the Astrodome which opened up its doors three years after they started construction. The Astrodome became the world’s first multi-purpose dome and was also an NFL ground for the Houston Oilers as well as sharing many other tenants.
While the New York Yankees played against the Houston Astros in the first baseball game under the Astrodome with Mickey Mantle becoming the first player to hit a home run in the stadium, the first official MLB regular-season game occurred against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 12, with the Astros losing 2-0.
The next few years didn’t provide many highs for the Astros as they finished in the bottom half of the National League. Despite the team not performing as well there were a few standout performances that should be noted.
In 1966, 50, 908 people went to the Astrodome to see the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Astros mainly to see Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax. From an Astros highlight, pitcher Mike Cuellar had a 2.22 ERA.
The next year another pitcher took the headlines as Don Wilson struck out Hank Aaron in a performance which saw him provide a no-hitter when the Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves 2-0. Jimmy Wynn also had a season to remember when he hit 37 home runs, an Astros record at the time.
Despite the Astros finishing in 10th place of the National League, there were another few highlights most notably from the pitchers as Wilson once again continued his magnificent form when the Astros were playing the Cincinnati Reds, he struck them out 18 times.
Wilson, Larry Dierker, Dave Guisti, and Denny LeMaster all combined as they helped the Astros win 10 games, as Wilson struck out (13 times), Dierker (12), Guisti (11) and LeMaster (10).
By 1969, the league introduced four new teams with the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres and the Seattle Pilots entering the MLB, with the San Diego Padres and the Montreal Expos heading into the National League.
With two new teams coming in it meant the league introduced divisions, it saw both the American League and the National League introduce an East Division and West Division. The Astros were based in the National League West Division.
The Astros moved up on the standings and they were no longer the cellar dwellers as they finished the 1969 season in fifth place (they were 10th in the 1968 season), and ended the 1970 season in fourth spot.
By 1971, the Astros entered a blockbuster trade with the Cincinnati Reds in which they traded out Joe Morgan, Denis Menke, Jake Billingham, Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister for the Reds Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Jimmy Stewart, which left many wondering why the Astros would let go off so many talented players.
However, it could have been the players the Astros needed as by 1972, the Astros finished the season tied in second place and had their best ever season winning 84 games, and the new signing May finished with 20 home runs. Tragedy struck the team three years later in 1975 when star pitcher Wilson died, and as a result, they retired the number 40 jersey.
After finishing in fourth place for two years in a row, tough calls had to be made as the Astros traded away Lee May to the Baltimore Orioles for Rob Andrews and Enos Cabell, however, they strengthened their roster when they acquired Joe Niekro and Jose Cruz from the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Cardinals.
Even with the new acquisitions, the Astros didn’t deliver on the expectations and they finished the 1975 season in sixth place where they won 64 games with a win percentage of .398 (their worst since they were in the MLB).
The 1976 season saw the end of Dierker’s career as an Astros player (he would come back to be a general manager from 1997-2001), after he was traded to the St Louis Cardinals for the 1977 season.
Three years later, Morgan returned to the Astros and with his inclusion, the Astros built their game plan around pitchers as they had one of the most fearsome bullpens in the MLB. It proved dividends as for the first time in the franchise’s history they won the National League West Division, by winning 93 regular-season games and made it to the playoffs.
The Astros faced the Philadelphia Phillies in their maiden National League Championship Series (NLCS), but it proved to be one game too many as they fell to the Phillies. The 1981 MLB season as filled with controversy, as they split the season into two halves, due to a mid-season strike.
That mid-season strike did more good to the Astros than harm, as before the strike occurred they were third and were on the brink of missing a postseason appearance, while in the second half of the season they ended up in first place.
They faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first National League Division Series (NLDS) (they introduced the division series due to the strike), but the Dodgers proved too good for the Astros as they won the NLDS 3-2.
Five years later in 1986, the Astros finished first in the National League West but only made it as far as the NLCS with a defeat to the New York Mets. With the defeat, it capped off a pretty decent seven years for the Astros.
The Astros began rebuilding from 1987 as they traded out fan-favorite Nolan Ryan and Jose Cruz, however, future Astros legend Craig Biggio would lead the new generation and he got handed a debut in 1988.
Two years later the Astros arguably made their biggest trades when they signed Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson, as well as trading away Glenn Davis for Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finlay.
Even with the new artillery coming in, it wasn’t enough and the Astros finished the season tied in fourth spot, four years later Bagwell proved why the Astros invested in him as he became the first Houston Astro player to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1994 with a batting average of .368.
Three years after Bagwell won the Rookie of the Year, the Astros began a pretty dominant nine years, they made the postseason in 1997 (where they would crash out in the NLDS due to a defeat of the Atlanta Braves) and 1998 where they lost to the San Diego Padres in the NLDS.
A year later they made the NLDS for the third year straight, as they met the Braves. Houston took out game 1 of the series before the Braves responded by winning the next three games, but game 4 would always be in the memory of Astros fans, as that was the last baseball game they would play in the Astrodome as the Astros bid farewell to the stadium.
By 2000 the Astros moved to their own ballpark (they shared the Astrodome with the NFL team Houston Oilers), and they began somewhat of a new era at Enron Field (currently called Minute Maid Park), where they have been since.
While the Astros hadn’t seen any postseason since their 2001 NLDS defeat to the Braves, they returned in 2004 where they would finish second in the regular season, handing them a shot at the NLDS.
The Astros claimed their maiden postseason win in 2004, when they finally defeated the Braves in the NLDS with a 3-2 series win, however, they couldn’t produce another miracle and they fell to the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, despite the defeat it was a season to remember.
The previous season was the benchmark and by 2005 they set the standard and they made it all the way to their first-ever World Series despite finishing second in the National League Central.
They produced their second consecutive NLDS win over the Braves, and they even produced their first NLCS win over the Cardinals however, the highs of the NLCS win seemed a long time ago as the Astros lost the World Series against the Chicago White Sox.
After joining the National League as an expansion side in 1962, the Astros left the league in 2012 and would begin the 2013 season in the American League. After spending a decade without any postseason action, the Astros returned in 2015, where they won the ALWC over the New York Yankees, but lost the ALDS to the Kansas City Royals.
Two years later, the Astros would have a season to remember. The Astros finished first in the American League West with 101 wins and a winning percentage of .623. They met the Red Sox in the ALDS in which they won the series 3-1.
They faced an arm wrestle in the ALCS against the New York Yankees, which saw the Astros win the first two games while the Yankees responded by winning the next three to have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into game 6.
Luckily the Astros held their nerve and won the next two games, as they defeated the Yankees 4-3 to advance to their second World Series, where they would face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Astros must have been fearing the worst when the Dodgers won the opening game of the World Series before the Astros took out games 2 and 3 for a 2-1 overall lead. From there they traded blows as the Dodgers levelled the series with a win in game 4, before the Astros regained the lead in game 5, while the Dodgers hit back in game 6 forcing a game 7.
The Astros though took out the final game of the series to hand them their maiden World Series title, as they claimed the series 4-3. They somewhat had a hangover the next year as they made it to the ALCS but were knocked out by the Red Sox.
The Astros responded to the ALCS defeat when they made it to their third World Series appearance a year later following wins in the ALDS over the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees in the ALCS, but those wins were the only joy as they fell to the Washington Nationals in the World Series, falling 4-3.
Despite losing the series, the Astros did make it hard work for the Nationals as they lost the opening two games but hit back by winning games 3,4, and 5, but the Nationals evened the series with a win in game 6 and won game 7 to clinch the series.
Despite going down in the World Series, the Astros had their best ever season since their introduction to major league baseball in 1901, as they finished the regular season with 107 (their best-ever win tally).
The Astros were once again a team to beat in the 2020 season (even in a shortened season) as they made it to their fourth consecutive ALCS after they finished second in the American League West with 29 wins (the 2020 MLB season played 60 games), however, their season ended with a defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays.
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After making the World Series in 2019, it is no wonder they were +325 on July 24 in a bid to get to their third World Series in four years and back-to-back appearances. It looked that way too when they won their first two games of the season, in fact their first month which saw them play seven games, they only dropped three games and won four.
Despite starting the month of August with a defeat, and even with two wins to their name they were still highly touted to head to the World Series as they were valued at +195 by August 7.
For the rest of the month they were relatively stable, often floating around the +200 mark, however, they reached their highest value since their opening odds when they were valued at +225 on August 25 following three defeats in a row to the San Diego Padres.
September saw their odds relatively similar to what they had in August, however, they did reach their highest odds of the season where they were valued at +257 on September 14 following nine defeats (including six in a row from games 37 to 42), as well as throughout their period it only saw the Astros win two games.
The last five games of September saw the Astros only win once as they ended their last three games with back-to-back-to-back losses, but even with that in mind, they were still valued at +197 on September 28.
The Astros won 29 regular season games which meant they could have a shot at the postseason and they faced the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wildcard Series, and on the day of the game they were valued at +198 on September 30.
Ahead of their ALDS clash with the Oakland Athletics, the Astros were valued at +200 to win the series, while the Astros took out game 1 and game 2, and even with the Athletics taking out game 3, the Astros were still valued at +150 heading into game 4 (a game they would win and take out the series 3-1).
Heading into their ALCS with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Astros were valued at +159 on October 10 (a day before the game), however, it wasn’t the start that the Astros had hoped for as they lost the opening three games.
After the three defeats, the Astros were valued at +151 on October 14. The Astros then responded by winning the next three games to force a game 7, and the previous three games may have had something to do with why the Astros were valued at -106 on October 17, heading into game 7. Unfortunately, the Astros season ended at game 7, as they lost the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Houston Astros finished the 2020 season being ranked the 24th team in terms of the overall run line and they finished the season with a 34-39-0 record. They moved up one spot when they were the home team, with a run line record of 12-16-0, as they were ranked 23rd. They were in the same position when they were the away team with a 15-19-0 record.
In terms of the over / under record, the Astros narrowly missed out on a place in the MLB’s top 20, as they were placed 21st in the overall over / under record with 33-37-3. When they were the home side, they managed to sneak into the top 20 as they had a 13-14-1 record which ranked them 19th in the MLB. They moved up three spots when they were the away team to 16th in the MLB with a 16-16-2 record.
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Where do the Houston Astros play?
The Houston Astros play their games at Minute Maid Park.
Who owns the Houston Astros?
The Houston Astros is owned by Jim Crane.
Have the Houston Astros won an MLB World Series?
The Houston Astros have won one World Series which occurred in 2017.
Who is the Houston Astros general manager?
James Click is the general manager of the Houston Astros.
Do the Houston Astros play tonight?
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What is the Houston Astros record?
The Houston Astros had a 29-31 win-loss record for the 2020 MLB season.
Did the Houston Astros win last night?
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How much are the Houston Astros worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Houston Astros are worth $1.85 billion.
Who do the Houston Astros play tonight?
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How to watch the Houston Astros?
You can watch the Houston Astros games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest and on MLB.TV.
Will the Houston Astros make the playoffs this year?
The Houston Astros did make the playoffs in the 2020 MLB season as they finished in second place in the American League West with a 29-31 win-loss ratio.
Will the Houston Astros get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Houston Astros do not have a first-round pick in the 2021 MLB draft, due to them being punished for sign stealing.
When do the Houston Astros play?
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Where did the Houston Astros finish the season?
The Houston Astros finished the 2020 MLB season in second place in the American League West.
How many games did the Houston Astros win?
The Houston Astros won 29 games during the 2020 MLB season.
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