The Astros have fielded some very impressive teams through more than five decades of Major league baseball. The first seven seasons of Houston baseball were a struggle. Of the 10 teams in the National League, the Astros finished no better than eighth for all seven seasons. In 1969 Houston finished the season with a .500 record, and in 1972 the franchise finally recorded its first winning season. In 1980 the Astros won their first division title and made the playoffs for the first time with a pitching rotation headed by stars Joe Niekro and Nolan Ryan. Houston’s postseason run was halted before the World Series by the Philadelphia Phillies, who won the NLCS series in five games. The following season the Astros again were knocked out of the playoffs earlier than they would have wanted to, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After another playoff appearance in 1986, Houston next had a run of success in the late 1990s. From 1997 to 2001 the Astros won four division titles in a five-year span with all-time Houston greats Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, yet not only didn’t the team win a playoff series, but only won two total games in the four postseason series. In 2005 the Astros made it to their first World Series, but finished just short of winning the title. Houston has retired the numbers of nine players from their history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Houston Astros baseball tickets.
2016 Astros Season Preview
After a number of years finishing at the bottom of their respective division, the Houston Astros started to show signs of improving in 2014. The Astros still finished the season 22 games under .500, but were 4th in a very strong AL West. The Astros young players and farm system have started to pay dividends and the Astros are shaping up to make a run at October in the next 5 years.
The 2015 Houston Astros look to continue that upward trend and move closer to the top of the AL West. The offseason saw the Houston Astros add Hank Conger, Jed Lowrie, James Hoyt, and Colby Rasmus. Conger and Lowerie are expected to make immediate impacts and should help rising stars Jose Altuve, and Alex Presley gradually turn the Astros into contenders. The Houston Astros look to be an exciting team to watch in 2015 and could be one of the surprises in the American League.
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Houston Astros Baseball at Minute Maid Park Address: 501 Crawford St, Houston, Texas, 77002
The Astros play their home games at Minute Maid Park, located in downtown Houston, Texas. When filled to capacity, Minute Maid Park holds more than 40,000 screaming fans. Minute Maid Park connects fans to the history of Houston, as patrons must walk through Union Station to enter the ballpark on one side of the stadium. The Houston Astros dugout is on the first baseline of Minute Maid Park in front of sections 122-126. Minute Maid parking information is covered in our Astros event guide.
Astros vs. Cardinals
This game is sadly one of the major casualties of realignment in MLB. From 1996 to 2006, these two teams won 10 of 11 NL Central titles, and met in the NLCS twice. During that span the Astros and Cardinals combined for three World Series appearances, and were often 1 and 2 in the NL Central. With the Astros moving to the AL West, this series is now only on the schedule for interleague play. The games are still exciting, but not quite the same.
The Lone Star Series was first played in 2001 as an annual interleague matchup and has evolved into a divisional rivalry with the Astros moving to the AL West. The winner of the series is awarded the “Silver Boot” which is one of the best rivalry trophies in MLB. These two teams have shared more than the baseball hearts in Texas, some of both clubs most iconic players have played for Rangers and the Astros, including Nolan Ryan, Lance Berkman and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
Astros vs. Cubs
These former NL Central rivals produced some of the best games over the last two decades. For years this rivalry was known for a few things, intensity, and pitching. With names like Carlos Zambrano, Roy Oswalt, Kerry Wood, and Andy Pettitte pitching some of the best games of their career in this matchup. Although no longer a divisional rivalry, this is still one of the most exciting matchups whenever it appears on the interleague schedule.
Houston Astros in the World Series, League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Houston Astros have been an organization since 1965, spending their entire existence in the National League until moving to the American League in 2013. The Astros are still searching for their first World Series title, but won their only NL pennant in 2005. Over the years, Houston has won over 5 division titles and will only add to that title in the upcoming seasons.
Houston Astros Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to an Astros game?
Gates open 90 minutes before the first pitch at Minute Maid Park.
How can I buy cheap Houston Astros tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Astros Baseball tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Astros tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee American League opponents, like the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s, can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-divisional or interleague opponents. Those games may offer best opportunity to purchase Astros tickets near face value.
Where are good places to eat before an Astros game?
Some of Houston’s best dining options are located near Minute Maid Park. If you are looking to spend pre-game at a sports bar, try P J’s Sports Bar, The B.U.S., or The Den Campus Pub. For those looking to try something a little more upscale, check out Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse. V&A is less than a mile from Minute Maid Park and has some of the best steaks in the city. Hearsay Gastro Lounge, and Oxheart are two trendier options that are perfect for foodies. Houston has some of the best Mexican food around. Of the dozens of great options Dona Maria, Nifa’s, and Lamacro are three of the best. Other good places in the area are, Perbacco, The Captiol at St. Germain, and Frank’s Pizza.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Houston Astros Baseball schedule?
The Astros 2015-2016 Baseball schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by MLB. The Astros play in the AL West, which means games against the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels. Game times are announced by MLB as soon as the TV schedule is set. The Astros home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also play the Texas Rangers in the Lone Star Series. If you are looking for Astros news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Houston Astros team roster.
Where is the best place to park at Minute Maid Park?
The majority of parking at Minute Maid Park is condensed to one large area. Parking lots A, B, and C are located directly to the east of the stadium. This area from Milo Hamilton Drive to Bastrop is the best and most convenient for finding parking. Minute Maid Park is located near downtown Houston, and there are areas with street parking available close to the stadium, just be sure to check for time limits and restrictions.
Can I buy Houston Astros Baseball season tickets?
Houston Astros season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Astros Baseball season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Minute Maid Park.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children 2 years old and under are allowed to enter Minute Maid Park without a ticket, but must sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. It is recommended that you bring proof of your child’s age with you to ensure they are allowed to enter the stadium.