The Houston Astros showed great strides last season, increasing their win total by 19 games from their dreadful 2013 season. After three consecutive seasons of fewer than 60 wins from 2011-2013, the Astros have the highest expectations they’ve had since the early 2000’s.
As a result, the excitement around the club will be tangible. According to RazorGator.com, Houston Astros tickets for Opening Day on April 6th against the Cleveland Indians and Minute Maid Park have an average ticket price of $136.23 with a walk-in price of $19.
The offense runs through second baseman Jose Altuve who led MLB in batting average (.341) and was second in steals (56) in 2014. Power hitting outfielder Chris Carter finished second in baseball in home runs (37), so there are definitely pieces to be excited about. Beyond those two, George Springer is an on-the-rise outfielder; Jason Castro is their catcher for years to come; Evan Gattis and Colby Rasmus were acquired pieces for stability and they have a young, talented pitching staff including Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel, Colin McHugh and Dan Straily.
Houston recently moved to the AL West, and will have a good chance to finish in third if things go according to plan. The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics seem to be headed for down seasons due to injuries and offseason movement. The Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners are two teams looking to compete for a World Series championship, so the Astros would need a near perfect season to compete with them at the top of the division.
The Houston Astros drew 1,751,829 fans in 2014, representing an attendance increase for the second consecutive season. If the Astros are in the thick of things after the All-Star break, expect that increase to reach a third consecutive season.