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October 21

2017 - In just their fifth year in the American League, the Astros capture the A.L. pennant with a thrilling 4-0 Game Seven shutout over the Yankees. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combine on a three-hitter. Evan Gattis homered off C.C. Sabathia in the fifth to open the scoring while Jose Altuve went deep the next inning. Houston advances to the World Series for just the second time in franchise history.
2004 - Heartbreak again. Houston owns a 2-1 lead with Roger Clemens on the hill in the decisive Game Seven of the N.L.C.S. but Albert Pujols ties it with a double in the sixth then Scott Rolen unties it on the next pitch with a two-run homer. The Cardinals tack on an insurance run and win the series, 5-2, behind Jeff Suppan. Craig Biggio started the night perfectly with a solo homer . While not as close as the 1980 World Series, the Astros were in sniffing distance of this one before falling short. Still, they could look back on an improbable season that featured an amazing streak to make the playoffs and the first postseason series win in their history.
1960 - Franklin Stubbs is born in Richlands, NC. He might best be remembered in Houston as the answer to the trivia question "Who played first base for the Astros in between Davis and Bagwell?" His lone year in Houston was 1990 when he contributed a .261 average along with a career-best 23 homers and 71 RBIs.
1941 - Ron Davis is born in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The outfielder makes his debut as a 20-year-old with the Colt .45s in 1962 then reappears in 1966 to play as a reserve for three more seasons. Overall, he bats .239 with ten homers while in Houston. He died in Houston just before his 51st birthday in 1992.

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Date      Opp      Result
9/01      ANA      W 7-3
9/02      ANA      W 4-2
9/03      MIN*     W 4-1
9/04      MIN      W 5-2
9/05      MIN      W 9-1
9/06      off        --
9/07     @BOS      W 6-3
9/08     @BOS*     W 5-3
9/09     @BOS      L 6-5
9/10     @DET      W 3-2
9/11     @DET      W 5-4
9/12     @DET*     W 5-4
9/13      off        --
9/14      ARI      L 4-2
9/15      ARI     W 10-4
9/16      ARI*     W 5-4
9/17      SEA      L 4-1
9/18      SEA      W 7-0
9/19      SEA      L 9-0
9/20      off        --
9/21      ANA     W 11-3
9/22      ANA     W 10-5
9/23      ANA*     W 6-2
9/24     @TOR      W 5-3
9/25     @TOR      W 4-1
9/26     @TOR*     L 3-1
9/27     @BAL        ppd
9/28     @BAL      W 2-1
9/29     @BAL*     W 4-3
9/29     @BAL      W 5-2
9/30     @BAL*     L 4-0
--end of regular season-
10/5      CLE*     W 7-2
10/6      CLE*     W 3-1
10/8     @CLE*    W 11-3
---Astros sweep ALDS ---  
10/13    @BOS      W 7-2
10/14    @BOS      L 7-5
10/16     BOS*     L 8-2
10/17     BOS      L 8-6
10/18     BOS      L 4-1
---Astros eliminated ---
* - day game.

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May record:    16 - 12
June record:   19 -  8
July record:   13 - 11
August record: 14 - 12
Sept record:   21 -  6
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Houston Astros recap - 10/19/18 - Boston Sends Astros Packing
Boston Sends Astros Packing
Price Tops Verlander In ALCS Finale

End of the ride
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The Astros did not end 2018 with the same championship they took in 2017. After winning the first game of the ALCS handily, the Boston Red Sox roared back to win four straight and eliminate Houston, 4-games-to-1. Fittingly, the final score Thursday was also 4-1. It was a rather stark end for a squad that entered the week with such swagger.

Justin Verlander hung a curve to former Astro J.D. Martinez in the third inning which he jammed over the Crawford Boxes down the left field line for the game's first run. The back-breaker came in the sixth when Rafael Devers launched a three-run shot into the Crawfords for a 4-0 lead.

Lefthander David Price tossed six innings of shutout ball for Boston, striking out nine while giving up just three hits. He might have allowed a run in the sixth when Alex Bregman sent a fly toward the right field seats but Mookie Betts snagged it just before it might have landed in the front row.

Marwin Gonzalez provided Houston's only run with a solo homer in the seventh off Matt Barnes. Hometown boy Nathan Eovaldi and Craig Kimbrel closed it out before the celebration on the Minute Maid Park field commenced. The Astros had just five hits, a trademark of so many of their losses this year.

Despite being 0-for-3 on Thursday, Jackie Bradley Jr. won the ALCS MVP Award due to his nine RBIs and his two critical homers earlier in the series.

Major League Baseball has probably dreamed for decades of a Boston-L.A. World Series to rival all the classic NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers and it appears they are close to having one if the Dodgers can take one of two final games against Milwaukee in the National League series. Perhaps they can have Bird and Magic come out for a first pitch.

For the Astros, they can look back on a franchise-record 103-win season and forward to an offseason full of questions. Will Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton be back? What about free agent catchers Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado? What happens to rookie talents like Kyle Tucker, Myles Straw and Josh James? Will Evan Gattis return?

There will likely be a news blackout on the Astros, like most MLB clubs, until the end of the World Series and the beginning of a new calendar year. We'll still be around to keep you informed.

Thank you for reading our reports and keeping us company in 2018. We look forward to having everyone back next year.

- Bob Hulsey

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Altuve undergoes right knee surgery - Astros.com
Astros weren't good enough in 2018, but nothing is broken - Waco Tribune-Herald
Astros' wives and girlfriends weighing in on ALCS loss - KTRK-TV
Here's how the Astros said goodbye to the 2018 season on social media - KPRC-TV
Cora responds to Astros' shady business in ALCS: 'Paranoia is working for us' - WEEI
McCullers shows love for Astros fans, teammates - KHOU-TV
Dominant during the season, Astros pitching slowly eroded against Boston in the ALCS - Forbes
Eovaldi gets sweet revenge on Astros troll - New York Post
Astros promise to be good again in 2019 but a busy offseason awaits - CBS Sports
The Astros’ Doomsday Scenario - FanGraphs
Astros left wondering what went wrong after season ends to Red Sox in ALCS - Washington Post
Bregman had an amazingly petty ALCS - SB Nation
Astros fail to cheat their way to the World Series - Let's Go Tribe
Astros eliminated from ALCS, but don't count them out next October - USA Today
Red Sox oust defending champ Astros to reach World Series - AFP
‘It’s a pretty hollow feeling’: What the Astros said about their season coming to an end - Boston Globe
Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series - Associated Press
Bregman says failing to repeat will give Astros 'an edge' next season - ESPN
Astros forced to put dynasty on hold after loss to Red Sox in ALCS - Yahoo Sports
Red Sox dethrone defending champion Astros to reach World Series - Yahoo Sports
Not even the Astros can win a World Series without a little luck - The Ringer
Red Sox into World Series after eliminating Astros - Reuters
Price outduels Verlander, sends Red Sox to World Series - NBC Sports
Astros have the right fan in 'interference' seat for Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
Boston is World Series-bound thanks to Price's gem on short rest - CBS Sports
Former Astros 'Spacette' recalls fun times at Astrodome - KTRK-TV
Astros fan detailed what happened to him after controversial interference call - USA Today
Yelich, Bregman need to start producing to save their seasons - Sports Illustrated
MLB teams unhappy Astros not punished, per report - Lone Star Ball
Bukauskas displays dominant stuff in AFL - Astros.com
Kent impressed with Astros, Altuve's skill set - Astros.com
McCullers, Altuve injuries may require surgery - Astros.com
Verlander falls victim to short LF porch in defeat - Astros.com
Astros' title defense ends with ALCS loss to Sox - Astros.com
Correa moves to cleanup spot for Astros in ALCS Game 5 - Houston Chronicle
Contract situation for each Astros player heading into offseason - Houston Chronicle
Repeat bid falls short as Astros lose to Red Sox in ALCS - Houston Chronicle
Boston Sends Astros Packing
- Astros Daily
MLB can rest easy because Astros' spy network has its back - Cleveland Plain Dealer
We thought the Astros were unbeatable -- here's everywhere we were wrong - WEEI
Interfering Astros fan goes on the attack against ‘joke’ ump - New York Post
Astros turn to Verlander with their season on the line - ESPN
Red Sox, replays interfere with Astros’ post-season hopes - Austin American-Statesman
Spy games: MLB gives Astros intentional walk - Boston Herald
Potential LCS game time changes on Saturday - Astros.com
What you didn't see from Mookie Betts' home run robbery that wasn't - Astros.com
Far too many questions remain in MLB giving the Astros a free pass - Yahoo Sports
Red Sox ground Astros again, take 3-1 ALCS lead - Boston Herald
Astros know who to blame if they don't reach World Series - USA Today
Dombrowski not happy with Astros after spying incident - Boston Herald
Report: MLB teams ‘appalled’ at lack of penalty for Astros - Larry Brown Sports
Hinch bumps Bregman to the leadoff spot for ALCS Game 4 - Associated Press
MLB: Astros spying case closed, no rules violated - Boston Herald
Here's how ex-Laredo beauty queen, Astros star are spending time before their wedding - Laredo Morning Times
Five interesting details from the strange Astros-Red Sox cheating debacle - Sporting News
What we know on Astros and baseball's spygate - Houston Chronicle
Rival executive calls Astros ‘Patriots of baseball’ amid cheating rumors - NESN
Twitter rejoices over Astros reliever Roberto Osuna's Game 3 meltdown - MLive.com
With the Astros, Morton changed his pitching – and his career - ESPN
Ryan watches James throw 102 mph - Astros.com
Morton off mark after long layoff, exits in 3rd - Astros.com
Kemp's HR softest tracked in postseason - Astros.com
Fan interferes with Betts on potential Altuve HR - Astros.com
Red Sox-Astros G5: Lineups, matchups, FAQs - Astros.com
Top 10 thrills from Sox-Astros instant classic - Astros.com
Season on the line after topsy-turvy Game 4 - Astros.com
Astros fan says he didn't interfere with Altuve's potential tying home run - Houston Chronicle
Bradley continues to be thorn in Astros' side - Houston Chronicle
Upton tweets displeasure with umpires from her seat at Astros game - Houston Chronicle
Astros pushed to brink of elimination with Game 4 loss to Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Astros Lose Again; Face Elimination
- Astros Daily
Report: A's believed Astros were stealing signs during late August game - NBC Sports Bay Area
Is this Cardinals hacker Chris Correa mocking the Astros' alleged sign-stealing? - Yahoo Sports
Kyle McLaughlin: Man accused of involvement with Astros cheating scandal - Heavy.com
Osuna makes things worse for Astros in ALCS loss to Red Sox - Associated Press
Cora sees no sign of Astros skulduggery - AFP
Report: MLB looked into cheating allegations against Astros, doesn't consider matter major - Sports Illustrated
Astros believe Osuna will atone on the field and off - New York Times
Astros employee accused of spying on the Red Sox - New York Post
Astros' controversial trade for Osuna backfires - Yahoo Sports
Red Sox ignore Instagram controversy, beat Astros for 2-1 lead - Yahoo Sports
Osuna implodes as Red Sox crush Astros to take ALCS lead - London Free Press
Source: Astros were not cheating against Red Sox in Game 1 of ALCS - Forbes
Indians file complaint to MLB about Astros trying to film inside their dugout during ALDS - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Red Sox overwhelm Astros behind Bradley grand slam in Game 3 - WEEI
Red Sox, Pearce make Astros pay - USA Today
Report: Astros employee accused of suspicious behavior throughout postseason - Yahoo Sports
Bradley grand slam helps Red Sox pull away from Astros in Game 3 - Boston Herald
Red Sox pull away with Bradley's late grand slam, take 2-1 ALCS lead over Astros - USA Today
Astros possibly got caught cheating in Game 1 of ALCS against Red Sox - WEEI
Astros to display domestic violence hotline number on fliers in bathroom stalls at MMP - NBC Sports
Report: Astros possibly caught cheating in ALCS Game 1 - Larry Brown Sports
Fans fill MMP for Game 3 of Astros-Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
Berkman expects Astros to repeat - Houston Chronicle
Whitley named AFL Pitcher of the Week - MLB.com
Sources: Red Sox were warned by Indians about Astros attempting to steal signs and information - Yahoo Sports
Whitley turns in another strong AFL start - Astros.com
Berkman opens ALCS Game 3 with 1st pitch - Astros.com
Red Sox-Astros G4: Lineups, matchups, FAQs - Astros.com
JV, Betts awestruck by Kemp's leaping grab - Astros.com
Astros' proven bats kept quiet in Game 3 loss - Astros.com
Kemp makes amazing grab at wall in Game 3 - Astros.com
Bullpen's stumble puts Astros in 2-1 ALCS hole - Astros.com
MLB looking into Fenway Park incident - Houston Chronicle
Astros bullpen implodes as Red Sox roll to Game 3 rout - Houston Chronicle
Eovaldi helps Red Sox hold off Astros - Houston Chronicle
Astros look to find rhythm after dropping two straight in ALCS - Houston Chronicle
Kemp on amazing Game 3 catch - Houston Chronicle
Sox Slam Bullpen
- Astros Daily
Astros look to bounce back today in Game 3 of ALCS - Associated Press
J.D.: 'Release by Astros made me who I am' - RedSox.com
Know what to look for with Astros heading back home - New York Post
Bregman and his connection with Ted Williams - Boston Globe
Gonzalez fought the wall — and the wall won - Toronto Star
No harm, no foul on Red Sox, Astros 'trolling' - Boston Herald
Eovaldi, Cora unfazed by Alex Bregman's Instagram post - ESPN
Eovaldi focused heading into Game 3 vs. Astros - Sports Xchange
With Pressly, Astros can now put positive spin on bullpen - New York Times
Dynastic Astros a tough out for whoever they meet - Toronto Sun
Astros star borrows from Judge with risky Red Sox trolling - New York Post
Astros needed Games 1 and 2 even more than Red Sox because of these 2 players - WEEI
How the Astros make good pitchers even better - Washington Post
Red Sox-Astros G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQs - Astros.com
Keuchel questions sustainability of bullpenning - Astros.com
3 keys for Astros to take control of ALCS in G3 - Astros.com
Astros' production at home surging in October - Astros.com
Energized James flashing high velo in ALCS - Astros.com
Astros may put Altuve at DH for ALCS Game 3 - Astros.com
Keuchel keeps mind off MMP's dimensions - Houston Chronicle
Eovaldi unfazed by Bregman's Instagram clip - Houston Chronicle
Red Sox start Nunez at third base to combat Keuchel - Houston Chronicle
Breman remains patient as Red Sox game plan against him - Houston Chronicle
Astros catcher imitates Gary Sanchez at worst possible time - New York Post
Red Sox rise to occasion, hold off Astros to even ALCS - Boston Herald
Red Sox bounce back to tie ALCS with Astros - Toledo Blade
Red Sox exorcise their postseason demons to beat Astros and even ALCS - Yahoo Sports
Red Sox get even with Astros in ALCS - Boston Globe
Red Sox hang on to beat Astros in Game 2, even ALCS at 1-1 - USA Today
How dumping self-punching closer transformed Astros’ bullpen - New York Post
Astros outfielder runs into Green Monster minutes after hitting HR over it - USA Today
Astros turn to Keuchel, Morton for Games 3, 4 - Astros.com
Bregman walking in October at record pace - Astros.com
Springer keeps adding to postseason hit streak - Astros.com
Red Sox-Astros G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQs - Astros.com
Before hitting wall, Marwin smacks record HR - Astros.com
Astros head home with 1-1 ALCS split after loss - Astros.com
Astros confirm Espada has spoken with multiple teams about manager jobs - Houston Chronicle
Morton slated to start Game 4 of ALCS for Astros - Houston Chronicle
Sunday Funday at Astros watch party - Houston Chronicle
Sale hospitalized with stomach illness - Houston Chronicle
Astros drop Game 2 of ALCS to Red Sox - Houston Chronicle
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