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Fans Make Bold Predictions For This Year’s Astros

The hope is for another playoff run after falling short last season.

The Houston Astros celebrated an opening 3-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

The Astros failed to make the playoffs last year after an exciting postseason run in 2015. But fans we spoke to Monday say the best is yet to come.

Clifford Wenzel is an Astros fan from Beaumont who’s been to almost every opening day for the past 17 years. He says he’s hoping to see the team build on past successes.  

“We have a bunch of young people that were hungry,” says Wenzel. “Hopefully they stay hungry. And with Carlos Beltran back, and he wants to be here, and a couple of others, looking forward to it.”

Also in from out-of-town was Ernie Escobar from Port Lavaca. He’s convinced that some heavy-hitting bats will propel the Astros to their first World Series since 2005.

“The offense is what’s going to carry them,” says Escobar. “They have a stacked lineup from top to bottom, even the bottom of the lineup. Altuve and Correa, they’re going to carry this team all the way.”

And as fans cheer on the home team, they’ll notice some changes this year at Minute Maid Park. For one they’ve gotten rid of Tal’s Hill, the famous incline in center field.

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Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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