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About Houston Astros

Houston Astros compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL). The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000. The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s and entered the National League as an expansion team in 1962 along with the New York Mets. The current name—reflecting Houston’s role as the control center of the U.S. crewed space program—was adopted three years later, when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium.

Houston Astros played in the NL from 1962 to 2012, first in the West Division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central Division from 1994 to 2012. While a member of the NL, the Astros played in one World Series in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox, in White Sox swept the Astros in four games. In 2017, they became the first franchise in MLB history to have won a pennant in both the NL and the AL, when they defeated the New York Yankees in the ALCS. They won the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning four games to three, earning the team, and the state of Texas, its first World Series title.

On November 16, 2017 José Altuve was named the American League Most Valuable Player, capping off a historic season in which he accumulated 200 hits for the fourth consecutive season, led the majors with a .346 BA, and was the unquestioned clubhouse leader of the World Series champions.

On September 26, 2018, a victory by the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland A’s sealed a repeat of the Astros as AL West division champs. For the third time in franchise history, the team won over 100 games. On September 29, they swept a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles to set a new franchise record of 103 wins. They finished the regular season 103-59, and faced the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. The Astros swept Cleveland and advanced to the ALCS to face the Boston Red Sox, ultimately losing in 5 games.