Additional Houston Astros Info
The Astros are a very popular team right now, not because of what they have done, but because of what they are trying to do. In sports, when a team comes to the end of a run that includes a series of playoff appearances, and maybe even a championship, they enter into what is known as a rebuilding phase. However the Astros have been taking this rebuilding term to a whole new level. They took apart their entire roster, literally, making trade after trade to trade away assets for prospects. This led to the Astros ending with some of the worst win-loss records in baseball history the last few years. However they have stockpiled what is now baseball’s best farm, and look for that farm to start to come to fruition in the coming years. In fact, Sports Illustrated already declared the Houston Astros the 2017 World Series Champions. They might be right.
After a rebuild that began at the turn of the decade, the Houston Astros found their way out of the wilderness in 2015, finishing the 2015 regular season 86-76, giving them the second wild card. They rode that wild card appearance all the way to the ALDS before losing to the Royals in five tough games. They didn't have much work to do in offseason. In fact, their current plan is to simply let all of the young talent continue to just get better.
The Astros entered 2016 with sky high expectations, and unlike 2015, they had a mountain of pressure on them. They got off to a rocky start and were sitting on the outside looking in late-May. Since May 23 they have been on fire, and have surged to within 2.5 games of the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West. What has changed for the Astros since May 22? Well, the rotation is getting back to pitching to ground balls, the bullpen is back to being great, their team defense is back to being the best in the business, and they have gotten back to hitting home runs.
The Houston Astros are one of baseball’s “newer” teams. The Astros originally came into being as the Houston Colt-45’s in 1962. In 1965 they changed their name to the Astros. In 2013 they actually changed leagues, going from the National League Central to the American League West. The Astros have had some moderate success in their history, but nothing to really be impressed over. The Astros have won their division a grand total of seven times and the National League once. That was in 2005. They have never won the World Series, and since they got swept by the Chicago White Sox in that World Series, they have never even won a World Series game. Astros tickets are available online today.
The Houston Astros had an average year, but expected more in the 2016 season. The Astros, who were expected to not only win the American League West, but win the American League pennant in general, finished the season with a record of 84-78, good for third place in the American League West, and five games out of the second wild card spot. The club realized they needed to improve their outfield this off-season for the short term at least, because they have some very good outfield prospects who will not be ready for a couple of years yet. They signed Carlos Beltran to a one-year contract worth 16 million dollars. They also signed Josh Reddick to a four year, 52 million dollar contract. They also needed to add a pitcher and signed Charlie Morton to a two-year contract. After that they took care of arbitration with players such as starting pitcher Mike Fiers. We will see if the moves pay off for the Astros this season. The clock is not even close to ticking on these Astros, but they do need to show us something soon.
The Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series champions, have become kings of the American League West, and that dominance continued into 2018 as they won 103 games, which won them the division by six games over the Oakland Athletics.
Looking at the Astros offseason, in a nutshell, it was very quiet. In December, they made two moves of note, adding catcher Robinson Chirinos on a one-year contract and outfielder Michael Brantley on a two-year contract. As the calendar turned to January, they traded infielders J.D. Davis and Cody Bohanek to the New York Mets for outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana, and catcher Scott Manea. Next, they settled arbitration with outfielder Jake Marisnick, right-handed pitcher Will Harris, right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh, right-handed pitcher Roberto Osuna, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock, and right-handed Ryan Pressly. In February they added left-handed pitcher Wade Miley and right-handed pitcher Chris Devinski on one-year contracts. The reason for the Astros quiet offseason could be due to the fact that in recent years they made a ton of moves to get their World Series ring, and they simply do not have a lot of capital left to do anything else.
The Astros continue to run the American League West. We will see if it ends in another World Series trophy.