With the best record in the American League and a 15 game lead over their nearest division rivals, the Houston Astros appear poised for their second trip to the playoffs in the last three years. The Astros beat the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game in 2015, advancing to their first American League Division Series, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals, three games to two.
This year’s team has led the power rankings for most of the year, only recently relinquishing that spot to the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Astros hold on to the best record in the American League, they’ll have home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs.
Minute Maid Park, also known as The Ballpark at Union Station, is home to the Astros and a great place to see major league baseball. It seats more than 41,000 fans and is expected to be at capacity throughout the playoffs. If you’re a longtime Astros fan or a recent convert, you don’t want to battle the traffic and try to find a place to park—you just want to see some live playoff baseball. There’s an easy way to do that—with a charter bus rental from Western Motorcoach. We’ll get you there in time to catch all the action, and you won’t have to worry about a single detail.
The 2017 Houston Astros—A Prophecy Fulfilled
In June, 2014, after the Astros had suffered through their worst season in franchise history (and first season in the American League), with 111 losses, Sports Illustrated magazine shocked the world by predicting that the 2017 Astros would win the World Series—and the team is right on track to make that prognostication a reality. The Astros opened the 2017 season by winning 41 of their first 57 games, sprinting to a 13.5 game lead just two months into the season. They kept the pace up, entering the Major League All-Star break with a 60-29 record and a 16 game lead.
The Astros have built their success this year on all sides of the game. They lead the majors in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage), and are scoring runs in bunches. At their current pace, they may score 300 runs before most other teams score 200. As a team, the Astros are hitting just above .290, with second-baseman Jose Altuve leading the team (and the league) with a .364 average. In fact, the Astros have five players in the top ten for batting average. Brad Peacock leads the team in wins, with 10 and just one loss in 12 starts. Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel both have nine wins, though Keuchel only came off the disabled list at the end of July. Ken Giles anchors a bullpen that’s known for getting strikeouts at key points in the late innings.
A Charter Bus Rental—Focus on Playoff Baseball While We Do the Driving
Houston’s a big city and the playoffs are going to be packed. You don’t want to have to deal with traffic, check your map or jockey for parking. With a charter bus from Western Motorcoach, you won’t miss a pitch. We’ll get you to the ballpark in comfort and style. Here are some additional benefits of using a charter bus for ground transportation:
- Charter buses offer safety and security—Our drivers are among the best in the business, due in significant part to the rigorous training we put them through. An added benefit of bus travel—the limited access to the bus ensures that you and your personal items are always safe and secure.
- Charter buses offer reliability—We’ll have you in the stands in plenty of time and will be waiting for you after the final out. With a charter bus, delays and cancellations just don’t happen. We have the cutting edge technology to respond to any issue, so we can always get you where you want to be when you want to be there.
- Charter buses offer flexibility—You won’t have to choose between prepackaged plans. You decide where you want to go and when you want to be there.
- Bus travel is affordable—Bus travel is hands-down the most cost effective way to travel. With the money you don’t spend on travel, you can bring home some great team merchandise.
- You’ll have room to breathe—Our coaches have plush seating and spacious aisles, and you can move about the cabin whenever you wish.
- We can accommodate any group—Large or small, your group will find a vehicle that’s perfect for your needs.