The playoffs are right around the corner! Composite image by Brandon Strange.
As orange-and-blue-blooded Houston Astros fans know, the team clinched its fifth American League West Division title in the past six seasons on Monday, September 19 with a 4-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
So, as the Astros look to the postseason, fans are in turn looking for playoff tickets. Those individual tickets for Astros ALDS home games go on sale on Wednesday, September 28. Diehards can visit the team’s official postseason site to score a chance to grab playoff tickets early.
Of course, the easiest way to guarantee postseason access, the Astros note, is by buying 2023 season tickets. These are on sale now; call 1-877-9ASTROS or visit the aforementioned postseason site for more information and availability.
Postseason power means postseason swag, and so fans can now deck out in AL West Division Champion and postseason now available at the Astros Union Station Team Store (501 Crawford St.) at Minute Maid Park.
The team store is open until midnight Tuesday, September 20, and will then move to extended hours: 9 am-7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am-2 pm on Saturdays (on non-game days).
This postseason offers plenty of buzz for fans. Pitching has rarely looked better, with hometown hero Lance McCullers, Jr. back and Justin Verlander — a Cy Young Award favorite — just returning from an injury. Slugger Alex Bregman has been bringing the fire (much like his salsa), as are stalwarts like José Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, and Kyle Tucker.
In short, serious fans should scoop up those tickets now, as World Series run whispers whirl.
All of a sudden, the Houston Texans have won three straight and host the Jacksonville Jaguars for a highly anticipated game this weekend
If the Texans come away victorious, they will take possession of first place in the division, and be in position to host a home playoff game for the first time since 2019.
Which got us thinking, is this the best version of the Texans we've ever seen? Many would say the best Texans teams were the ones coached by Gary Kubiak with Matt Schaub at QB. Or some may say it was the Bill O'Brien 2019 team with Deshaun Watson pulling the trigger at QB.
Regardless of which era of the Texans you believe was the best, one thing is for sure. This year's team has us optimistic on several levels. Ownership seems to have figured things out with the Easterby days behind us. Nick Caserio is a serious candidate for Executive of the Year, CJ Stroud is a favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and has a chance to win MVP. And DeMeco Ryans has a legit shot at Coach of the Year.
But let's go even further. Has DeMeco done enough already to be considered the franchise's best coach? Many would say these questions are entirely premature, but are they really?
We could also make the argument that Tank Dell is already the third-best receiver in franchise history behind Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. He already has as many touchdowns (6) as Dre and Hopkins combined in their rookie seasons.
And let's make things even more interesting. Is CJ Stroud the best Houston QB since Warren Moon?
Be sure to watch the video above as we answer all these questions!