Team makes American League Debut against Rangers
The Astros are set to make history tonight when they take on the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. The 2013 season is going to be one of change for Astros fans.
After fifty years in the National League, the Astros are about to start their first season in the American League. Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton talked to KTRH about what fans can expect.
“The big change is the fact that you have the DH now and the fact that you are going to be in a division that is very competitive,” Hamilton said.
That division is the AL West. The Rangers appeared in the 2010 and 2011 World Series. The Los Angeles Angels made splashes in the last couple of off-seasons by signing superstar players like Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The Oakland Athletics surprised the baseball world by getting into the playoffs last year.
The experts say it could be a rough year for the ‘Stros. However, Hamilton has seen stranger things happen before.
“This is my 64th season. I’ve been through it all. I’ve been with clubs that I thought were going to be great and weren’t. I’ve been with clubs that weren’t supposed to do anything and they surprised me,” Hamilton explained.
While the experts aren’t giving the Astros much of a chance, people closer to the team say they will raise eyebrows across baseball. Owner Jim Crane is one of those people.
“The team is going to be better. I think we have more depth in the pitching. We have more power as noted by all the home runs we hit in spring training,” Crane told Matt Patrick on Houston’s Morning News.
New manager Bo Porter is excited about what his club can accomplish as what he saw during the exhibition season.
“I’m extremely confident,” Porter told reporters earlier this week.
The team is going to look a lot different from what it looked like a year ago. There are a lot of new faces. One of those new faces is starting pitcher Phillip Humber, who threw a perfect game last season as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
“I couldn’t be in a better position going into a season. I feel healthy. I have all my pitches where I want them. I am excited about the season.
Bud Norris gets the Opening Day starting assignment against Texas’ Matt Harrison. First pitch is at 7:05 on the club's new flagship station Sports Talk 790.