Astros World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff home run on Opening Day for the second straight season. He's the only player to ever do that.
Over the coming days and weeks, baseball historians and commentators will debate the merits of the 2017 World Series and put it in its proper place in history. Was it the best ever, or the third, fifth or seventh? That's a matter of personal opinion, and something that can be discussed on social media or neighborhood barstools across America for fans who are so inclined.
Maybe Sports Illustrated should start predicting the stock market. The magazine anointed the Houston Astros as YOUR 2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS -- more than three years ago. It may not seem like a bold pick the day after the young and talented Astros upset the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the first title in franchise history. But in June 2014, when SI put the team on its cover, readers probably thought they were crazy. The Astros, the worst team in baseball the previous season, were in last place.
The Astros revitalized the foundering career of 33-year-old Charlie Morton in 2017. In turn, Morton helped deliver the franchise its first World Series title with a relief outing for the history books.
The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 Wednesday night to win the franchise’s first World Series.
The Houston Astros beat the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium to win the World Series.
What, you were expecting anything less? For much of the past seven months, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros were the best teams in baseball, winning 104 and 101 games, respectively. And over the past eight nights, in sharing the field for the 113th World Series, they've lived up to their billing and packed some of everything into six heart-stopping games.
Wednesday was most definitely not just another night at the old ballyard. The festivities of Game 2 of the World Series started with Vin Scully inviting Fernando Valenzuela to throw out the first pitch and ended with Chris Devenski striking out Yasiel Puig in a nine-pitch battle to give the Houston Astros a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 11 innings. The rest of the game was so completely insane and ridiculous that you wouldn't believe what happened if you didn't watch it.
The data showed the obvious about Astros hitters through five games of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees: they were chasing bad pitches.
Getting shut down by the Dodgers' ace is one thing, but the Astros' MLB-best offense must snap its postseason road slump for Houston to have a chance.
Paul Wall (remember him?) is offering free grillz to the Astros.
Idalia Garcia and her husband had a choice to make. Tickets for the three World Series games at Minute Maid Park this weekend had totally sold out, and prices were soaring to buy them secondhand.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is wearing custom "Houston Strong" adidas cleats for the World Series, beginning with Game 1 Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
The folks at Memorial Hermann Hospital are celebrating the Astros' 2017 World Series appearance with these pint-sized player baseball cards.
First things first. Dallas is better than Houston. Always and forever, no questions asked.But the Astros are in the World Series.
While many Houston Astros fans are content with wearing their pride on their sleeves, others could soon have tattooed sleeves with the team's insignia.
Three months ago, the Houston Astros prioritized winning their second and third World Series titles before their first. The club was in first place at the trade deadline, as they had been all year, yet their only move was to add veteran reliever Francisco Liriano. The prospect cost for other additions was deemed too high.
The Astros will play their upcoming home series against the Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, after the teams were unable to agree to a scenario in which this week's games would be played in Arlington, Texas, after flooding in Houston forced the relocation. Astros president Reid Ryan told Houston reporters the team had proposed a swap of dates with the Rangers for a series scheduled for Arlington in late September.
And then, there was one. J.D. Martinez has left town. Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, who both arrived in New York City on a Tigers’ team charter on Sunday evening, have been traded to the Chicago Cubs. That leaves ace right-hander Justin Verlander as the team’s lone topic of trade conversation as today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline looms. There are others who remain possibilities, but none more so than Verlander, who threw six scoreless innings against the Astros on Sunday afternoon.
With 10 straight wins, Houston has launched into its own orbit, leaving the rest of baseball behind. Who checks in at No. 2 and what other teams made big moves up or down?