Houston Astros Season Preview and Tickets

The World Series Champion Houston Astros will begin the defense of their trophy at home as they take on the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, March 30. That is the first of a four-game series against the White Sox, a series that is immediately followed by three games at home against the Detroit Tigers.

The Astros then take their show on the road for a pair of three-game sets with the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, before returning to the Lone Star state to face the in-state rival Texas Rangers. Series against the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies round out the home commitments for the Astros in April.

Here are three questions for the Astros ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Can they sustain success?

Professional sports are all about championship windows. The Houston Astros won the American League in 2021. They then went one better and won the World Series in 2022 as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. While the other teams in the AL West try to catch up – watch out for the Seattle Mariners who won 90 games last year and STILL finished 16 games behind the Astros – the Houston club should be right in the mix again at the end of this season. Sustaining success is difficult, but the Astros have a captivating mix of young pitching and a lineup built to withstand injuries and dips in form with its depth. This team isn’t going anywhere.

Does losing Justin Verlander hurt?

Verlander might be 38 years old, but he is coming off of a season with Houston where he won the Cy Young Award for the third time. The fact he was a unanimous choice says everything about his season, as does the face he was tempted away from Houston by the New York Mets throwing $86.7 million at him over two years. Verlander will be missed, but the arms that the Astos have on their payroll means that it might be just a few games lost at the end of the day. Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier led a pitching staff that runs seven or eight deep. They will still be dominant on the mound even without the most dominant pitcher in the game.

Can Jose Altuve adjust?

The 2017 MVP had a .921 OPS last season and was dominant for much of it at the play. Altuve is one of the best-hitting middle infielders in the game, but he was bad in the 2022 postseason. Pitchers consistently found a hole in his swing high in the zone and with a ton of pace on the ball. At 32 – and about to turn 33 – those types of weaknesses begin to appear. Altuve likely spent most of the winter figuring out how to slap that particular pitch, so it will be interesting to see if that adjustment shows early in the year.

Upcoming Astros Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, March 30 – Chicago White Sox

Fri, March 31 – Chicago White Sox

Sat, April 1 – Chicago White Sox

Sun, April 2 – Chicago White Sox

Mon, April 3 – Detroit Tigers

Tue, April 4 – Detroit Tigers

Wed, April 5 – Detroit Tigers

Fri, April 14 – Texas Rangers

Sat, April 15 – Texas Rangers

Sun, April 16 – Texas Rangers

Mon, April 17 – Toronto Blue Jays

Tue, April 18- Toronto Blue Jays

Wed, April 19 – Toronto Blue Jays

Fri, April 28 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sat, April 29 – Philadelphia Phillies

Sun, April 30 – Philadelphia Phillies

Mon, May 1 – San Francisco Giants

Tue, May 2 – San Francisco Giants

Wed, May 3 – San Francisco Giants

Mon, May 15 – Chicago Cubs

Tue, May 16 – Chicago Cubs

Wed, May 17 – Chicago Cubs

Fri, May 19 – Oakland Athletics

Sat, May 20 -Oakland Athletics

Sun, May 21 – Oakland Athletics

Mon, May 29 – Minnesota Twins

Tue, May 30 – Minnesota Twins

Wed, May 31 – Minnesota Twins

Thu, June 1 – Los Angeles Angels

Fri, June 2 – Los Angeles Angels

Sat, June 3 -Los Angeles Angels

Sun, June 4 – Los Angeles Angels

Tue, June 13 – Washington Nationals

Wed, June 14 – Washington Nationals

Thu, June 15 – Washington Nationals

Fri, June 16 – Cincinnati Reds

Sat, June 17 – Cincinnati Reds

Sun, June 18 – Cincinnati Reds

Mon, June 19 – New York Mets

Tue, June 20 – New York Mets

Wed, June 21 – New York Mets

Tue, July 4 – Colorado Rockies

Wed, July 5 – Colorado Rockies

Thu, July 6 – Seattle Mariners

Fri, July 7 – Seattle Mariners

Sat, July 8 – Seattle Mariners

Sun, July 9 – Seattle Mariners

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