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Team of the Year: Houston Astros

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Today, we are going to begin giving our out awards for the past year. With everything that the Houston Astros faced this past season, they are receiving our Team of the Year Award.

The Astros were dominating in the young part of the season. As the team reached June, they had a 41-16 record on June 9th.

Sylvestor Turner, Houston mayor, lifts up the World Series Championship trophy, as George Springer and Carlos Correa look on in the Astros Victory Parade (Getty Images)

Sylvestor Turner, Houston mayor, lifts up the World Series Championship trophy, as George Springer and Carlos Correa look on in the Astros Victory Parade (Getty Images)

At that point, they had a 13.5-game lead over the rest of the teams in their division. It was the team’s best start in the team’s 55-year history.

As the team reached the All-Star break in July, they had an American-League-best record of 60-29. They had a 16-game lead on their division, but they trailed the Los Angeles Dodgers for one game in the entire league.

In August, their season took a hit, as Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston, Texas community. That even caused their three-game set against the Texas Rangers to be moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

At the final of their three-game set with the Rangers, the Astros were able to pull off a trade with the Detroit Tigers to acquire former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. One minute, Verlander did not want to go, according to reports, then he changed his mind and went to Houston.

Verlander would make five starts down the stretch. He allowed just four runs in those starts. The Astros won their 100th game of the season on September 29th.

They finished with a 101-61 record. They would clinch their first division title since 2001, despite the community around them continued to be ravished from Hurricane Harvey.

In the first-round of the playoffs, the Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox three-games to one. They then moved on to face the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Both teams went back-and-forth in the series, going all the way to Game 7. The Astros won in Game 7 to advance to their first World Series since the 2005 season.

In the World Series, they faced the Dodgers. The Astros had a 2-1 lead after three games of the World Series, as they won two straight following Los Angeles’ 3-1 win in Game 1.

Los Angeles would take Game 4, before the Astros won the high-scoring Game 5, as they won 13-12. The Dodgers won Game 6 with a 3-1 score, which set up the winner-take-all Game 7.

In the first World Series Game 7 at historic Dodger Stadium, the Astros jumped out on the Dodgers. They led 5-0 after two innings, including a home run by George Springer, before winning 5-1.

The World Series Championship was their first in franchise history. The City of Houston held a parade in the city limits on November 3rd, 2017 in the same streets that was previously affected by Hurricane Harvey just months earlier.

Even the Houston Independent School District gave their students and teachers off for the day so that they could attend or even watch the parade.

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