Houston Astros 2014 News and Updates
3/10/14 - The Houston Astros are welcoming Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan to the organization as executive adviser to GM Jeff Luhnow, owner Jim Crane, and Ryan's son Reid (president of business operations). The legendary pitcher resigned from the Rangers and sold his share as CEO following the 2013 season. This week, Houston Astros tickets are cheapest when they take on the Nationals on Wednesday (get-in for $23), and are priciest when they face the Cardinals on Friday (get-in for $52).
3/3/14 - Left handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel made a huge spring debut by shutting out the (previously undefeated) Miami Marlins 4-0 in today's Grapefruit League game. The Houston Astros have one of the best records in the league, now up to three wins and one loss to start Spring Training. Houston has an important game tomorrow against the Detroit Tigers, where they can seek revenge for Saturday's 1-5 loss ($29 to get-in). The cheapest Houston Astros ticket of the week comes the following day, in their game against the New York Mets for $16 to get-in at Kissimmee.
2/25/14 - A majority of the positions for the Houston Astros are up for grabs through spring, but there ones fans don't have to worry about. Second baseman Jose Altuve is one of the locked players in the infield, and is looking for his second All-Star season this year. After falling short of expectations last season, the young Astros team has been working on perfecting baseball fundamentals with a new teaching staff that should take the boys to the next level. See them clean up their game and get back in the swing of things with Houston Astros tickets! Astros spring training tickets are $52 on average.
2/11/14 - Former Houston Astros pitcher and three-time All-Star, Roy Oswalt, just announced his retirement from the game after 13 seasons, at the age of 36. From 2001-2010, the ace had more wins (150) than any other MLB pitcher, so expect an honor ceremony sometime this year. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow spent the last couple winters repairing a broken farm system, and we're about to see it pay off this Spring. Pitchers and catchers report in four days, and sluggers come in four days later. Join the Astros in Kissimmee for their first game against the Braves (3/2) for $15, and see them take a huge step forward this season!
1/27/14 - The Houston Astros made many offseason moves heading into Spring Training; most notably, the reorganization of the bullpen and the acquisition of Dexter Fowler from the Rockies, which has people talking about putting a winning season in the books this year. The nearly all-new roster will be the latest attempt to get the Astros out of their three-season slump, in which Houston has consecutively finished dead last. Score Houston Astros tickets to be there for Spring Training and see if this fresh team has what it takes!
3/27/13 - Hoping to promote the in-state rivalry between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, the MLB has scheduled the opening game of the 2013 season between the two teams at Minute Maid Park in Houston. All other Opening Day games will be played the following day. Astros Opening Day tickets are averaging $75, down $14 a seat in the last month. With series against the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Seattle Mariners this month – the Astros will be working hard to prove that they are better than they have been the past two years.
Houston Astros 2014 Season
Some big changes have been made to the Houston Astros’ lineup this offseason, and there’s still more on the horizon. Houston has already revamped their bullpen under new pitching coach Brent Strom, with the addition of (finally healthy) veteran Jesse Crain, Scott Feldman, Chad Qualls and free agent Matt Albers. An experienced bullpen will provide the maturity needed to round out Houston’s young 2014 rotation. The Astros also made major waves by trading off Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes to the Colorado Rockies
in exchange for prize center fielder Dexter Fowler (and another player to be named later).
Catcher Jason Castro will be arbitration-eligible, and despite putting up career-high numbers last season, Houston may look to move him. Keep up with the Astros to see if they lose one of their integral offensive weapons! Last season was a disaster, after switching to the American League, the team went 51-111—a franchise-worst record—so there’s nowhere to go but up. With this new roster, a winning season doesn’t seem too far off!
The 2013 season can be considered a new beginning for the Houston Astros franchise. Following a disappointing 2012 campaign, the Astros will sport a new logo, new uniforms, and most importantly a new division. Houston will spend their first year in the AL West where they will compete against divisional foes the Angels, A's, Mariners, and Rangers. Most games in Houston are quite affordable, averaging about $61, 23% lower than the league average and 23rd highest in the league. With one of the youngest teams in the league, the Astros will look for leadership from newly acquired veterans Carlos Pena and Erik Bedard. The Astros may struggle in their new division but expect to see the emergence of young, talented names such as second baseman Jose Altuve and pitcher Lucas Harrell. With the worst record in the MLB in 2012, there is nowhere to go but up.