Long considered a team other Major League Baseball clubs could push around, the Houston Astros are slowly building a legitimate contender. The franchise was established in 1962 as the Houston Colt 45s before becoming the Astros in 1965. The organization spent the majority of its existence in the National League, where the Astros won a NL Pennant in 2005 and reached its first World Series. That season, Phil Garner guided the Astros to an 89-73 record however the club couldn’t solv the White Sox, who swept Houston to win the World Series.
The Astros have collected four NL Central Division crowns in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 — an era the team featured Hall of Fame stars such as Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio.
In 2013, MLB moved the Astros to the American League after spending their first 51 seasons in the NL. Since then, Houston locked down a wild-card playoff berth in 2015.
Bagwell, who spend his entire 14-year MLB career with the Astros, remains the franchise-leader in home runs with 449. Biggio’s 3,060 hits is still a franchise-best mark. Former pitcher Joe Niekro, who played 11 years in Houston, holds the team record for most wins with 144.
Houston Astros Betting Lines Today
For any information pertaining to who the Astros are playing on a daily basis, the betting line tool below will be your go-to option if they are playing that day or for their upcoming matchup.
Running from April to August, there are plenty of opportunities to pick your spots and wager on the Astros. With this tool, you can make sure you are on the pulse of Houston's season.
Checking back frequently with how the Astros have been doing throughout the year could be a huge bonus for you and your chances at making a successful bet by either pouncing or staying away.
Houston Astros Season Standings
Similiar to the schedule tool above, the standings option will give you all the insight you need into how the Astros have been performing as a team in the AL West.
Like the above options, you can get a pretty clear gauge of how Houston has been playing and also where they stand in their own division.
How To Win at Houston Astros Betting
After missing out on the playoffs in 2016, the Houston Astros regrouped and are considered a legitimate favorite to contend for American League West Division titles for many years to come.
Having one of the best hitters in baseball doesn’t hurt either. Second baseman Jose Altuve led the majors with an astounding .338 batting average in 2016, but finished third in American League MVP voting. Altuve continued from where he left off to kick off the 2017 season as the all-star infielder hit above .300 and led the team in hits. Because of that, expect the Astros to lead the American League in hits, as they did in the early goings of the 2017 campaign.
The Astros finished middle of the pack in the American League in scoring runs in 2016. However a healthy Carlos Correa — the club’s promising shortstop star — will boost those numbers moving forward. Correa is a potential 30-home run hitter and can produced a low .300 average, which makes him and Altuve one of the best 1-2 punches not only in the AL but also in Major League Baseball.
With a solid pitching core that features 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, the Astros are in great position to contend with the best teams in the American League.
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