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2017 Schedule
101-61, 1st in AL West
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2dBradford Doolittle

Hot stove stock watch: Astros

The Astros have the option to either spend on a high-dollar guy or wait to see what pops up in the in-season trade market. Either way, Houston is the early favorite to repeat as World Series champion.

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WATCH: Springer breaks down Astros' Top 10 playoff moments (6:05)
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How Beltran helped snap Springer's World Series slump (1:19)
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3dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Astros this offseason

Manager A.J. Hinch didn't trust the majority of his bullpen in the postseason, so the Astros should bid for the top relief arm of this free-agent class.

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Springer: World Series title a culmination of 'complete organizational effort' (1:45)
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Astros to unveil WS banner in April vs. Orioles

The Houston Astros will unveil their World Series championship banner at home against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2. The Astros will open 2018 on the road against the Texas Rangers on March 29.

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Astros select two players, acquire Bailey from A's

The Houston Astros selected LHP Cionel Perez and RHP Dean Deetz to their 40-man roster on Monday. In addition, OF Ramon Laureano was traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Brandon Bailey.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

As teams maneuver today to add players to their 40-man rosters, one name jumps out: the Phillies designated Mark Appel for assignment. The Astros famously selected Appel first overall in 2013, one spot ahead of Kris Bryant. Traded to the Phillies in the Ken Giles deal, he had a 5.60 ERA at Triple-A and spent time on the DL with a shoulder issue. His minor league track record has been abysmal and he looks like he'll be one of those great "What went wrong?" players of history. Let's hope the right organization can find a way to fix him.

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4dDan Szymborski

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

The Astros have bigger priorities than trying to land Stanton. However, with an opening in the lineup following Carlos Beltran's retirement, it sure is tempting.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Carlos Beltrán and Alex Cora being honored today in Puerto Rico.

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Jose Altuve's impressive trifecta

The Astros star won the batting title and World Series in October and was named AL MVP on Thursday. Just seven other players have pieced together a batting crown/world championship/MVP trifecta: Joe DiMaggio (1939), Stan Musial (1946), Willie Mays (1954), Mickey Mantle (1956), Dick Groat (1960), Frank Robinson (1966) and Buster Posey (2012). (Elias Sports Bureau)

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What made José Altuve great? He hit .354/.422/.513 in PA ending with low pitches in 2017. He had only had a .300+ BA vs low pitches once previously (.328 in 2014). He topped previous-best slugging percentage vs low pitches by 67 points (.446 in 2016)

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José Altuve is the second Astros player to win MVP, joining Jeff Bagwell in 1994. Bagwell was inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. Altuve is the fifth player whose primary position was 2B to win the AL MVP award since the BBWAA first awarded it in 1931, and the first since Dustin Pedroia in 2008. The others are Charlie Gehringer (1937), Joe Gordon (1942), and Nellie Fox (1959).

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At 5-6, José Altuve shares the distinction as the shortest player to win a MVP award with Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Bobby Shantz (1952). At 6-6, Giancarlo Stanton becomes the tallest player in baseball history to win a MVP award.

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8dScott Lauber

The not-so-tall tales of Jose Altuve

As Altuve began the final act of his MVP season, everyone in the Astros organization had a story of the first time the All-Star second baseman wowed them.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

In a bit of a surprise, Jose Altuve was the landslide winner over Aaron Judge in the AL MVP voting, collecting 27 of 30 first-place votes. He becomes the second MVP in Astros history, joining Jeff Bagwell, and he did it on the strength of his all-around brilliance and season-long consistency. He won his third batting title, reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row, stole 32 bases and played solid defense at a premium position. Not bad for a guy who was told to go home after the first day of a tryout camp when he was 16 years old. He came back the next day anyway. Now he's the MVP.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Jose Altuve wins the MVP award handily, getting 27 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA's voters.

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Altuve, Stanton take home first MVP awards

Astros 2B Jose Altuve was a runaway choice for American League MVP, while Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was named the National League MVP. Stanton beat Reds first baseman Joey Votto by 2 points in the fourth-closest vote in major league history.

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8dAnthony Olivieri

Inside Altuve's World Series celebrations

How did the newly crowned American League MVP celebrate the Astros' first World Series win? With a whole lot of time in front of the cameras, and even more on an airplane.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8961st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3461st
Slugging Percentage.4781st
Earned Run Average4.1211th
Quality Starts67Tied-18th
WHIP1.278th
BAA.2406th

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