2021 Houston Astros
American League Champions
American League West Champions
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Record95–67 (.586)
Divisional place1st
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Owner(s)Jim Crane
General manager(s)James Click
Manager(s)Dusty Baker
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The 2021 Houston Astros season was the 60th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in Houston, Texas, their 57th as the Astros, ninth in both the American League (AL) and AL West division, and 22nd at Minute Maid Park.

Four Astros players gained selection to the 2021 All-Star Game, tied for the second most from any team in baseball. The four were second baseman José Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder Michael Brantley, and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly. First baseman Yuli Gurriel won the AL batting title, his first, with a .319 batting average, becoming the second Cuban-born player and second Astro to do so. Correa led AL position players with 7.2 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).

They finished the season with a 95–67 record, clinching the AL West for the fourth time in the last five seasons, as well as for their sixth playoff berth in seven years. By clinching the AL West, Dusty Baker became the first manager in major league history to clinch a division title with five different teams, giving him eight division titles overall.

The Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox in the American League Division Series (ALDS) in four games to advance to their fifth straight American League Championship Series (ALCS). They faced the Boston Red Sox in a rematch of the 2018 ALCS. The Astros won the ALCS in six games to advance to the World Series for the third time in five years. It was the Astros' fourth pennant in franchise history and their third as an American League team. They lost in the World Series to the Atlanta Braves in six games.

Following the season, Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa won their first Gold Glove Awards. An American League (and franchise) record five Astros were named Gold Glove finalists, along with another five as finalists for the Silver Slugger Award. Correa also garnered his first Fielding Bible Award, while Dusty Baker and Luis García were named finalists for the AL Manager of the Year and AL Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.

Offseason

Summary

The Astros entered the 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) season as having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays in seven games in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and runner-up for the 2020 AL pennant. The Astros played to a 3–0 deficit to begin the ALCS, won the next three, and were defeated 4–2 in Game 7. The Rays thus avoided joining the 2004 New York Yankees as the only MLB clubs to lose a League Championship Series after mounting a 3–0 lead.[1]

Ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander missed the entire 2021 season recuperating from ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery, also known as Tommy John surgery, which was performed on October 1, 2020. He was in the final year of his contract.[2] On February 27, 2021, the Astros placed the right-hander on the 60-day injured list as he continued to recover from the surgery.[3]

Offseason transactions

Free agent signings

Free agent departures

Pitchers that elected for free agency included Joe Biagini, Chase De Jong, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock, Chris Devenski, and Dustin Garneau

Trades and waiver claims

Players that were traded or claimed in the offseason by a different team included Brandon Bailey, Humberto Castellanos, Cionel Pérez, Carlos Sanabria, Cy Sneed, and Jack Mayfield.

Contract extensions

Regular season

Summary

April

Opening Day starting lineup[11]
No.[12] Player Pos. Times[13]
Batters
27 José Altuve 2B 10
23 Michael Brantley LF 3
 2 Alex Bregman 3B 6
30 Kyle Tucker RF 1
 1 Carlos Correa SS 5
44 Yordan Álvarez DH 1
10 Yuli Gurriel 1B 4
3 Myles Straw CF 1
15 Martín Maldonado C 2
Starting pitcher
21 Zack Greinke SP 1

On April 1, starting pitcher Zack Greinke earned his first career Opening Day win, and 209th win overall, as the Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics, 8–1, at the Oakland Coliseum. He pitched six scoreless innings, the 65th time his career he has produced at least six scoreless innings. Yordan Álvarez, returning from dual knee surgery that cost him nearly all of the 2020 season, drove in three runners, and Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning.[14] Outfielder Chas McCormick made his MLB debut[15] as a defensive replacement for Brantley.[11] It was the Astros' ninth consecutive Opening Day win, a club record, and equalled the modern era (since 1900) major league record for the longest streak, with the Seattle Mariners (2007–15), Cincinnati Reds (1983–91), New York Mets (1975–83) and St. Louis Browns (1937–45).[14]

Ryan Pressly first became Houston's full-time closer in 2021.[16]

Brantley batted .345 in April and .410 in June, remaining at or near the top of the AL batting leaders for much of the season.[17]

Manager Dusty Baker earned his 1,900th career win in the major leagues on April 22 by an 8–2 score versus the Los Angeles Angels.[18] In that game, Cristian Javier became the first Astros pitcher to record the first eight outs of a game by strikeout since Jim Deshaies on September 23, 1986, versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.[19] Over five innings, Javier set a new personal high with nine strikeouts and one walk and no earned runs.[18]

In their first rematch since the 2020 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 9–2, on April 30. Lance McCullers Jr. hurled seven shutout innings, striking out nine. Brantley and Carlos Correa both had four hits and Bregman hit a two-run home run. Four RBI came via Aledmys Díaz' two hits. Brantley, Bregman, Álvarez and Correa produced consecutive hits in the third inning, leading to three of the runs. With this win, Baker reached 1,906 to pass Casey Stengel for 12th all-time.[20]

May

During the May 7 game versus the Toronto Blue Jays, designated hitter Yordan Álvarez drove in the 100th run of his career, doing so in 114 game as part of a 10–4 victory. He was the seventh-fastest player to reach 100 RBI in league history and the fastest to do so since the expansion era started in 1961. The next game, he homered and drove in three more in an 8–4 loss to the Blue Jays for 103 RBI in 115 games.[21]

June

On June 4, Zack Greinke threw his first complete game since April 19, 2017, and first as a member of the Astros. He allowed six hits with one run and one walk and three strikeouts in a 13–1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York. Martín Maldonado hit a grand slam, and Carlos Correa homered twice to lead the Astros' 16-hit attack.[22]

On June 15, José Altuve hit a walk-off grand slam against the Texas Rangers. The next day, he continued with a lead-off home run against Texas; Altuve is the first player in major league history to have a walk-off grand slam and then a lead-off home run in the following game. The Astros won that game, 8–4, to sweep their in-state rivals and realize their 12th win in their past 16th games.[23] Third baseman Alex Bregman injured his left quadriceps in the first inning of the June 16 game as he attempted to avoid hitting into a double play. Catcher Garrett Stubbs was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place on the 25-man roster.[24]

Altuve hit his 150th career home run on June 23, served up by Thomas Eshelman of the Baltimore Orioles.[25]

All-Star Game selections

The following Astros players were selected as reserves to play at the 91st All-Star Game, hosted by the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 13, 2021:[26]

With the four total selections, the Astros tied for second-most selections for 2021.[26]

July

Lingering knee injury dampened Brantley's second-half performance. As of late July, he maintained a batting average of .336.[17]

In an attempt to revamp their bullpen by adding higher-velocity pitchers, the Astros acquired Yimi García from the Miami Marlins on July 28. Up until that trade, García saved 15 games with a 3.47 ERA over 39 total relief appearances in 2021. He struck out 35 in 36+13 innings. The Astros sent outfielder Bryan De La Cruz and pitcher Austin Pruitt in return.[27]

After trading Myles Straw, the club selected the contract of outfielder Jake Meyers from Sugar Land and promoted him to the major league roster.[28]

August

Jake Meyers made his Major League debut on August 1 as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of a 5–3 loss to the San Francisco Giants.[29]

Jake Meyers hit his first career home run on August 14 versus pitcher Jaime Barría of the Los Angeles Angels, and added a grand slam later in the same game as the Astros won, 8–2.[30]

Third baseman Alex Bregman returned from left quadriceps strain on August 25 after missing over two months. He scoring the winning run versus the Kansas City Royals on the day of his return, capping a 6–5, 10-inning score.[31]

September and October

José Siri made his major league debut on September 3 as a pinch runner in the ninth inning versus the San Diego Padres. Jake Meyers promptly hit a single that scored Siri from second base to give Siri his first run as a major leaguer.

Siri made his first start in the majors on September 13, playing left field and facing the Texas Rangers. He went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in to power a 15–1 rout at Globe Life Field. He is the first player since the RBI statistic became official in 1920 to have that many RBI along with multiple home runs in their first major league start.[32] Yordan Álvarez added two home runs,[33] including his 30th of the season; at the age of 24, he is the second Astro to hit 30 home runs in a season at that age after Alex Bregman, who hit 31 in 2018.[34]

In the September 17 contest versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, José Altuve homered off Madison Bumgarner at Minute Maid Park to collect his 849th career hit in the stadium. The hit tied him with Lance Berkman for most by an Astro in the venue. He then passed Berkman the next night with a double.[35][36]

On September 21, Carlos Correa scored his 100th run on the season to become the first Astros shortstop to score 100 runs in a season.[37]

During the final road trip of the season, twenty-seven members of the team paid homage to veteran pitcher Zack Greinke, known for his leisurely dress style. They wore fishing shirts, short shorts, and bucket hats. Lance McCullers Jr. also brought in a bag of groceries from Whole Foods – as is Greinke's habit to fill his locker – as replenishment for their upcoming flight. Greinke, who is from Florida, wore a bright orange Tampa Bay Buccaneers hat, an oversized fishing shirt, and shorts. Martín Maldonado donned his own bright orange hat. With Greinke posing with his new cadre of imitators, the team posted photos of their amusement on Instagram. The team had chosen to honor the pitcher, in the final year of his contract, after a 7–6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in which had allowed five runs over four innings, raising his ERA on the season to 4.11.[38]

On September 23, Álvarez drove in two runs on a home run in the first inning against Los Angeles Angels to score his 100th RBI of the season. He was the second-youngest Astro to reach 100 RBI in one season, trailing César Cedeño, who did so at the age of 23 in 1974.[39] It was a 9–5 win. Ryan Pressly completed a scoreless ninth in his 60th appearance of the season in this game, concluding the final condition for his contract for 2022 to fully vest. He would earn a guaranteed $10 million. Since being acquired by Houston at the 2018 trade deadline, Pressly had produced a 2.19 ERA, 0.924 WHIP, and saved 42 games in 160+13 innings. He had converted 25 of 27 save chances on the season.[16]

On September 28, the Astros won 4–3 against the Tampa Bay Rays on consecutive walks with the bases loaded, which was the first time they had done so in team history and only the eighth time in Major League Baseball history since 1931.[40] The Astros clinched the AL West on September 30 with a win over Tampa Bay at Minute Maid Park for their fourth division title in five seasons. It was Houston's tenth division title and 15th postseason entrance. For the first time in franchise history, the Astros gained a postseason berth for the fifth consecutive season. With a combined record of 432–272 (.614) since 2017, Houston had attained the most wins in the major leagues in that span. Manager Dusty Baker secured his eighth division title while becoming the first manager to guide five different clubs to a division title.[a] It was Baker's 11th career postseason appearance.[41]

In the final game of the 2021 regular season, Yuli Gurriel hit a walk-off single to score Jason Castro and defeat the Oakland Athletics.[42] With that hit, his batting average stood at .319 to lead teammate Michael Brantley and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays (both hit .311) for the AL batting championship. At age 37, Gurriel was the sixth-oldest player to win a batting title, the oldest to win their first batting title since Barry Bonds in 2002, and the first Cuban-born player since Tony Oliva in 1971.[b][43] Brantley, continuing to produce through lingering knee pain, saw 39 at bats in September.[17] It was the sixth time in his career he had finished in the top 10 in the AL in batting.[45]

Over the final month of the season, right fielder Kyle Tucker batted .346 with eight home runs, 20 runs scored, 19 RBI, .438 on-base percentage, and .692 slugging percentage for a 1.130 OPS. He was awarded AL Player of the Month for September, his first career monthly award.[46]

Season standings

American League West

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 95 67 0.586 51–30 44–37
Seattle Mariners 90 72 0.556 5 46–35 44–37
Oakland Athletics 86 76 0.531 9 43–38 43–38
Los Angeles Angels 77 85 0.475 18 40–42 37–43
Texas Rangers 60 102 0.370 35 36–45 24–57


Record against opponents

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–13 0–7 2–5 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 2–4 8–11 3–3 3–4 1–18 4–3 5–14 7–13
Boston 13–6 3–4 4–2 3–3 2–5 5–2 3–3 5–2 10–9 3–3 4–3 8–11 3–4 10–9 16–4
Chicago 7–0 4–3 10–9 12–7 2–5 9–10 2–5 13–6 1–5 4–3 3–3 3–3 5–1 4–3 14–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–4 9–10 12–7 1–6 14–5 5–1 8–11 3–4 2–4 3–4 1–6 4–2 2–5 9–11
Detroit 5–2 3–3 7–12 7–12 5–2 8–11 1–6 8–11 3–3 1–6 5–1 4–3 6–1 3–3 11–9
Houston 3–3 5–2 5–2 6–1 2–5 3–4 13–6 3–4 2–4 11–8 11–8 4–2 14–5 4–2 9–11
Kansas City 3–4 2–5 10–9 5–14 11–8 4–3 2–4 10–9 2–4 2–5 4–3 2–4 2–4 3–4 12–8
Los Angeles 4–2 3–3 5–2 1–5 6–1 6–13 4–2 5–2 4–3 4–15 8–11 1–6 11–8 4–3 11–9
Minnesota 4–2 2–5 6–13 11–8 11–8 4–3 9–10 2–5 1–6 1–5 2–4 3–3 4–3 3–4 10–10
New York 11–8 9–10 5–1 4–3 3–3 4–2 4–2 3–4 6–1 4–3 5–2 8–11 6–1 8–11 12–8
Oakland 3–3 3–3 3–4 4–2 6–1 8–11 5–2 15–4 5–1 3–4 4–15 4–3 10–9 2–5 11–9
Seattle 4–3 3–4 3–3 4–3 1–5 8–11 3–4 11–8 4–2 2–5 15–4 6–1 13–6 4–2 9–11
Tampa Bay 18–1 11–8 3–3 6–1 3–4 2–4 4–2 6–1 3–3 11–8 3–4 1–6 3–4 11–8 15–5
Texas 3–4 4–3 1–5 2–4 1–6 5–14 4–2 8–11 3–4 1–6 9–10 6–13 4–3 2–4 7–13
Toronto 14–5 9–10 3–4 5–2 3–3 2–4 4–3 3–4 4–3 11–8 5–2 2–4 8–11 4–2 14–6

Updated with the results of all games through October 3, 2021.


Game log

Legend
  Astros win
  Astros loss
  Postponement
Bold Astros team member
2021 Game Log: 95–67 (Home: 51–30; Away: 44–37)
April: 14–12 (Home: 7–7; Away: 7–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
1 April 1 @ Athletics 8–1 Greinke (1–0) Bassitt (0–1) 10,436 1–0 W1
2 April 2 @ Athletics 9–5 Abreu (1–0) Luzardo (0–1) 5,446 2–0 W2
3 April 3 @ Athletics 9–1 McCullers Jr. (1–0) Irvin (0–1) Raley (1) 5,803 3–0 W3
4 April 4 @ Athletics 9–2 Bielak (1–0) Manaea (0–1) 4,504 4–0 W4
5 April 5 @ Angels 6–7 Watson (1–0) Smith (0–1) Mayers (1) 13,447 4–1 L1
6 April 6 @ Angels 4–2 Pressly (1–0) Iglesias (1–1) 11,122 5–1 W1
7 April 8 Athletics 6–2 Javier (1–0) Irvin (0–2) 21,765 6–1 W2
8 April 9 Athletics 2–6 Petit (2–0) Abreu (1–1) 21,768 6–2 L1
9 April 10 Athletics 3–7 Montas (1–1) Urquidy (0–1) 21,760 6–3 L2
10 April 12 Tigers 2–6 Mize (1–0) Greinke (1–1) 15,779 6–4 L3
11 April 13 Tigers 2–8 Boyd (2–1) Odorizzi (0–1) 17,080 6–5 L4
12 April 14 Tigers 4–6 Fulmer (1–0) McCullers Jr. (1–1) Garcia (2) 14,720 6–6 L5
13 April 16 @ Mariners 5–6 Misiewicz (2–0) Stanek (0–1) 8,967 6–7 L6
14 April 17 @ Mariners 1–0 Greinke (2–1) Flexen (1–1) Pressly (1) 8,960 7–7 W1
15 April 18 @ Mariners 2–7 Newsome (1–0) Odorizzi (0–2) 8,959 7–8 L1
16 April 20 @ Rockies 2–6 Gray (2–1) L. García (0–1) 10,144 7–9 L2
17 April 21 @ Rockies 3–6 Gomber (1–2) Urquidy (0–2) 7,120 7–10 L3
18 April 22 Angels 8–2 Javier (2–0) Cobb (1–1) 13,985 8–10 W1
19 April 23 Angels 5–4 (10) Pressly (2–0) Iglesias (1–2) 21,728 9–10 W2
20 April 24 Angels 16–2 Emanuel (1–0) Canning (1–2) 21,820 10–10 W3
21 April 25 Angels 2–4 Rodriguez (1–0) L. García (0–2) Iglesias (3) 21,781 10–11 L1
22 April 26 Mariners 5–2 Urquidy (1–2) Sheffield (1–2) Pressly (2) 11,862 11–11 W1
23 April 27 Mariners 2–0 Javier (3–0) Gonzales (1–3) Pressly (3) 14,413 12–11 W2
24 April 28 Mariners 7–5 Smith (1–1) Montero (2–1) Stanek (1) 12,707 13–11 W3
25 April 29 Mariners 0–1 Kikuchi (1–1) L. García (0–3) Graveman (3) 14,149 13–12 L1
26 April 30 @ Rays 9–2 McCullers Jr. (2–1) Yarbrough (1–3) 6,169 14–12 W1
May: 15–12 (Home: 11–5; Away: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
27 May 1 @ Rays 3–1 Urquidy (2–2) Fleming (1–3) Pressly (4) 7,335 15–12 W2
28 May 2 @ Rays 4–5 Springs (2–0) Raley (0–1) Castillo (7) 6,933 15–13 L1
29 May 4 @ Yankees 3–7 Luetge (2–0) Bielak (1–1) 10,850 15–14 L2
30 May 5 @ Yankees 3–6 Loáisiga (3–1) Raley (0–2) Chapman (7) 9,895 15–15 L3
31 May 6 @ Yankees 7–4 Scrubb (1–0) Green (0–3) Pressly (5) 10,042 16–15 W1
32 May 7 Blue Jays 10–4 Urquidy (3–2) Stripling (0–2) 25,410 17–15 W2
33 May 8 Blue Jays 4–8 Matz (5–2) Javier (3–1) 25,794 17–16 L1
34 May 9 Blue Jays 7–4 Abreu (2–1) Pearson (0–1) Pressly (6) 24,355 18–16 W1
35 May 10 Angels 4–5 Suárez (1–0) Bielak (1–2) Iglesias (6) 13,695 18–17 L1
36 May 11 Angels 5–1 McCullers Jr. (3–1) Slegers (2–1) 17,350 19–17 W1
37 May 12 Angels 9–1 Bielak (2–2) Heaney (1–3) 13,668 20–17 W2
38 May 13 Rangers 4–3 (11) Raley (1–2) Martin (0–1) 16,340 21–17 W3
39 May 14 Rangers 10–4 Greinke (3–1) Benjamin (0–2) 24,495 22–17 W4
40 May 15 Rangers 6–5 L. García (1–3) Dunning (2–3) Pressly (7) 25,858 23–17 W5
41 May 16 Rangers 6–2 Raley (2–2) Rodríguez (1–2) 26,069 24–17 W6
42 May 18 @ Athletics 5–6 Petit (5–0) Abreu (2–2) 4,838 24–18 L1
43 May 19 @ Athletics 8–1 Greinke (4–1) Montas (5–3) 3,925 25–18 W1
44 May 20 @ Athletics 8–4 L. García (2–3) Irvin (3–5) 4,562 26–18 W2
45 May 21 @ Rangers 5–7 (10) Hearn (2–1) Abreu (2–3) 30,445 26–19 L1
46 May 22 @ Rangers 4–8 Allard (1–0) Scrubb (1–1) 38,055 26–20 L2
47 May 23 @ Rangers 2–3 (10) King (5–3) Pressly (2–1) 36,444 26–21 L3
48 May 25 Dodgers 2–9 Kershaw (7–3) Greinke (4–2) 34,443 26–22 L4
49 May 26 Dodgers 5–2 L. García (3–3) Bauer (5–3) Abreu (1) 30,939 27–22 W1
50 May 28 Padres 3–10 (11) Melancon (1–0) Raley (2–3) 32,045 27–23 L1
51 May 29 Padres 8–11 (12) Adams (2–0) Garza (0–1) Díaz (1) 31,323 27–24 L2
52 May 30 Padres 7–4 Greinke (5–2) Snell (1–2) 29,019 28–24 W1
53 May 31 Red Sox 11–2 Urquidy (4–2) Rodríguez (5–4) 28,543 29–24 W2
June: 19–9 (Home: 8–4; Away: 11–5)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
54 June 1 Red Sox 5–1 L. García (4–3) Richards (4–4) 23,449 30–24 W3
55 June 2 Red Sox 2–1 Valdez (1–0) Pivetta (6–1) Pressly (8) 22,664 31–24 W4
56 June 3 Red Sox 1–5 Pérez (4–2) Odorizzi (0–3) 24,853 31–25 L1
57 June 4 @ Blue Jays 13–1 Greinke (6–2) Ryu (5–3) 5,510 32–25 W1
58 June 5 @ Blue Jays 2–6 Stripling (2–3) Urquidy (4–3) 5,327 32–26 L1
59 June 6 @ Blue Jays 6–3 L. García (5–3) Matz (6–3) Pressly (9) 5,404 33–26 W1
60 June 8 @ Red Sox 7–1 Valdez (2–0) Pérez (4–3) 23,604 34–26 W2
61 June 9 @ Red Sox 8–3 Odorizzi (1–3) Eovaldi (7–3) Javier (1) 21,007 35–26 W3
62 June 10 @ Red Sox 8–12 Hernández (1–2) Taylor (0–1) 23,378 35–27 L1
63 June 11 @ Twins 6–4 Stanek (1–1) Shoemaker (2–8) Pressly (10) 17,223 36–27 W1
64 June 12 @ Twins 2–5 Berríos (7–2) L. García (5–4) Rogers (6) 18,767 36–28 L1
65 June 13 @ Twins 14–3 Valdez (3–0) Pineda (3–4) 19,147 37–28 W1
66 June 15 Rangers 6–3 (10) Pressly (3–1) Evans (0–2) 26,379 38–28 W2
67 June 16 Rangers 8–4 Greinke (7–2) Lyles (2–5) 22,735 39–28 W3
68 June 17 White Sox 10–2 Urquidy (5–3) Cease (5–3) 21,795 40–28 W4
69 June 18 White Sox 2–1 Pressly (4–1) Crochet (2–3) 30,898 41–28 W5
70 June 19 White Sox 7–3 Valdez (4–0) Lynn (7–3) 35,210 42–28 W6
71 June 20 White Sox 8–2 McCullers Jr. (4–1) Keuchel (6–2) 39,821 43–28 W7
72 June 21 @ Orioles 10–2 Odorizzi (2–3) Akin (0–3) 7,414 44–28 W8
73 June 22 @ Orioles 3–1 Greinke (8–2) López (2–9) Pressly (11) 8,510 45–28 W9
74 June 23 @ Orioles 13–0 Urquidy (6–3) Eshelman (0–1) 10,013 46–28 W10
75 June 24 @ Tigers 12–3 L. García (6–4) Ureña (2–8) 12,656 47–28 W11
June 25 @ Tigers PPD, RAIN; rescheduled for Jun 26
76 June 26 (1) @ Tigers 1–3 (7) Mize (5–4) Valdez (4–1) Cisnero (3) 12,422 47–29 L1
77 June 26 (2) @ Tigers 3–2 (7) McCullers Jr. (5–1) Fulmer (4–4) Pressly (12) 13,950 48–29 W1
78 June 27 @ Tigers 1–2 (10) Soto (4–1) Taylor (0–2) 13,532 48–30 L1
79 June 28 Orioles 7–9 Fry (2–2) Bielak (2–3) Plutko (1) 24,419 48–31 L2
80 June 29 Orioles 3–13 Wells (1–0) Garza (0–2) Tate (1) 30,346 48–32 L3
81 June 30 Orioles 2–5 Scott (3–3) L. García (6–5) Sulser (3) 28,124 48–33 L4
July: 16–8 (Home: 8–4; Away: 8–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
82 July 1 @ Indians 7–2 Valdez (5–1) Mejía (1–3) 13,772 49–33 W1
83 July 2 @ Indians 6–3 McCullers Jr. (6–1) Hentges (1–3) Pressly (13) 24,337 50–33 W2
84 July 3 @ Indians 3–2 Odorizzi (3–3) Morgan (1–3) Pressly (14) 24,961 51–33 W3
85 July 4 @ Indians 4–3 (10) Taylor (1–2) Clase (3–3) Raley (2) 17,412 52–33 W4
86 July 6 Athletics 9–6 Abreu (3–3) Wendelken (1–1) Pressly (15) 26,353 53–33 W5
87 July 7 Athletics 4–3 Taylor (2–2) Manaea (6–6) Pressly (16) 21,150 54–33 W6
88 July 8 Athletics 1–2 Montas (8–7) McCullers Jr. (6–2) Diekman (7) 29,243 54–34 L1
89 July 9 Yankees 0–4 Luetge (3–1) Odorizzi (3–4) 40,857 54–35 L2
90 July 10 Yankees 0–1 Cole (9–4) Greinke (8–3) 41,259 54–36 L3
91 July 11 Yankees 8–7 Garza Jr. (1–2) Green (3–5) 37,928 55–36 W1
July 13 91st All-Star Game AL 5–2 NL Ohtani (1–0) Burnes (0–1) Hendriks (1) 49,184 55–36 N/A
92 July 16 @ White Sox 7–1 McCullers Jr. (7–2) Cease (7–5) 34,516 56–36 W2
93 July 17 @ White Sox 1–10 Giolito (8–6) Odorizzi (3–5) 34,304 56–37 L1
94 July 18 @ White Sox 0–4 Rodón (8–3) Valdez (5–2) 34,148 56–38 L2
95 July 19 Indians 4–3 Greinke (9–3) Mejía (1–5) Pressly (17) 21,963 57–38 W1
96 July 20 Indians 9–3 L. García (7–5) McKenzie (1–4) 26,586 58–38 W2
97 July 21 Indians 4–5 Shaw (3–3) Pruitt (0–1) Karinchak (11) 21,712 58–39 L1
98 July 23 Rangers 7–3 Bielak (3–3) Allard (2–8) 38,853 59–39 W1
99 July 24 Rangers 4–1 Valdez (6–2) Gibson (6–3) 37,050 60–39 W2
100 July 25 Rangers 3–1 Greinke (10–3) Santana (0–1) Pressly (18) 35,627 61–39 W3
101 July 26 @ Mariners 8–11 Graveman (4–0) Stanek (1–2) Sewald (4) 15,162 61–40 L1
102 July 27 @ Mariners 8–6 McCullers Jr. (8–2) Flexen (9–5) 18,930 62–40 W1
103 July 28 @ Mariners 11–4 Odorizzi (4–5) Kikuchi (6–6) 18,908 63–40 W2
104 July 30 @ Giants 9–6 Valdez (7–2) Gausman (9–5) 28,020 64–40 W3
105 July 31 @ Giants 6–8 Jackson (2–0) Taylor (2–3) McGee (22) 27,324 64–41 L1
August: 14–13 (Home: 7–5; Away: 7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
106 August 1 @ Giants 3–5 Webb (5–3) L. García (7–6) McGee (23) 29,655 64–42 L2
107 August 3 @ Dodgers 3–0 McCullers Jr. (9–2) Buehler (11–2) Stanek (2) 52,692 65–42 W1
108 August 4 @ Dodgers 5–7 Scherzer (9–4) Odorizzi (4–6) 52,724 65–43 L1
109 August 5 Twins 3–5 Jax (2–1) Valdez (7–3) Colomé (4) 26,208 65–44 L2
110 August 6 Twins 4–5 (11) Minaya (2–0) Montero (5–4) 29,631 65–45 L3
111 August 7 Twins 4–0 L. García (8–6) Pineda (4–7) 29,647 66–45 W1
112 August 8 Twins 5–7 Maeda (5–4) McCullers Jr. (9–3) Colomé (5) 26,825 66–46 L1
113 August 10 Rockies 5–0 Odorizzi (5–6) Gray (7–8) 28,931 67–46 W1
114 August 11 Rockies 5–1 Valdez (8–3) Senzatela (2–9) 22,200 68–46 W2
115 August 13 @ Angels 4–1 Greinke (11–3) Sandoval (3–6) Pressly (19) 23,981 69–46 W3
116 August 14 @ Angels 8–2 L. García (9–6) Barría (2–1) 27,121 70–46 W4
117 August 15 @ Angels 1–3 Detmers (1–2) McCullers Jr. (9–4) Iglesias (26) 19,281 70–47 L1
118 August 16 @ Royals 6–7 Barlow (5–3) Y. García (3–8) 10,228 70–48 L2
119 August 17 @ Royals 1–3 Lynch (3–3) Valdez (8–4) Brentz (2) 9,748 70–49 L3
120 August 18 @ Royals 2–3 Tapia (1–0) Taylor (2–4) Barlow (7) 12,278 70–50 L4
121 August 19 @ Royals 6–3 (10) Pressly (5–1) Davis (0–3) Javier (2) 9,884 71–50 W1
122 August 20 Mariners 12–3 McCullers Jr. (10–5) Kikuchi (7–7) 26,899 72–50 W2
123 August 21 Mariners 15–1 Odorizzi (6–6) Gilbert (5–5) 29,908 73–50 W3
124 August 22 Mariners 3–6 (11) Sewald (8–3) Stanek (1–3) Ramírez (1) 27,526 73–51 L1
125 August 23 Royals 1–7 Lynch (4–3) Greinke (11–4) 18,742 73–52 L2
126 August 24 Royals 4–0 L. García (10–6) Singer (3–9) 22,964 74–52 W1
127 August 25 Royals 6–5 (10) Graveman (5–0) Payamps (0–3) 21,052 75–52 W2
128 August 27 @ Rangers 5–4 Maton (3–0) Martin (3–4) Pressly (20) 29,286 76–52 W3
129 August 28 @ Rangers 5–2 Valdez (9–4) Allard (3–11) Pressly (21) 37,810 77–52 W4
130 August 29 @ Rangers 2–13 Hearn (4–4) Greinke (11–5) 31,062 77–53 L1
131 August 30 @ Mariners 4–3 Maton (4–0) Smith (2–3) Pressly (22) 11,630 78–53 W1
132 August 31 @ Mariners 0–4 Sewald (9–3) Graveman (5–1) 10,452 78–54 L1
September: 15–12 (Home: 8–4; Away: 7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
133 September 1 @ Mariners 0–1 Sheffield (6–8) Odorizzi (6–7) Sewald (8) 10,519 78–55 L2
134 September 3 @ Padres 6–3 Taylor (3–4) Pagán (4–1) Pressly (23) 37,033 79–55 W1
135 September 4 @ Padres 2–10 Musgrove (10–8) Valdez (9–5) 35,338 79–56 L1
136 September 5 @ Padres 3–4 Melancon (4–2) Stanek (1–4) 35,007 79–57 L2
137 September 6 Mariners 11–2 McCullers Jr. (11–4) Kikuchi (7–8) Bielak (1) 25,802 80–57 W1
138 September 7 Mariners 5–4 (10) Stanek (2–4) Ramírez (1–3) 20,353 81–57 W2
139 September 8 Mariners 5–8 Castillo (3–5) Pressly (5–2) 19,089 81–58 L1
140 September 10 Angels 10–5 Valdez (10–5) Ohtani (9–2) 28,740 82–58 W1
141 September 11 Angels 2–4 Suárez (7–7) L. García (10–7) Iglesias (31) 31,547 82–59 L1
142 September 12 Angels 3–1 McCullers Jr. (12–4) Quijada (0–1) Pressly (24) 28,763 83–59 W1
143 September 13 @ Rangers 15–1 Javier (4–1) Howard (0–4) 18,903 84–59 W2
144 September 14 @ Rangers 1–8 Lyles (9–11) Greinke (11–6) 19,451 84–60 L1
145 September 15 @ Rangers 7–2 Urquidy (7–3) Arihara (2–4) 20,991 85–60 W1
146 September 16 @ Rangers 12–1 García (11–7) Otto (0–2) 19,121 86–60 W2
147 September 17 Diamondbacks 4–3 (10) Stanek (3–4) Clippard (1–1) 22,595 87–60 W3
148 September 18 Diamondbacks 4–6 (10) Wendelken (3–2) Y. García (3–9) Clippard (6) 25,314 87–61 L1
149 September 19 Diamondbacks 7–6 Solomon (1–0) Sittinger (0–1) Pressly (25) 23,888 88–61 W1
150 September 20 @ Angels 10–0 Valdez (11–5) Barría (2–4) 16,070 89–61 W2
151 September 21 @ Angels 10–5 Urquidy (8–3) Naughton (0–3) 18,332 90–61 W3
152 September 22 @ Angels 9–5 (12) Y. García (4–9) Selman (0–1) 14,863 91–61 W4
153 September 23 @ Angels 2–3 Warren (2–0) McCullers Jr. (12–5) Iglesias (33) 19,829 91–62 L1
154 September 24 @ Athletics 2–14 Montas (13–9) Bielak (3–4) 21,105 91–63 L2
155 September 25 @ Athletics 1–2 Chafin (2–3) Pressly (5–3) 13,037 91–64 L3
156 September 26 @ Athletics 3–4 Trivino (7–7) Stanek (3–5) 12,288 91–65 L4
157 September 28 Rays 4–3 Maton (5–0) Fleming (10–7) 32,297 92–65 W1
158 September 29 Rays 0–7 Rasmussen (4–1) García (11–8) 28,321 92–66 L1
159 September 30 Rays 3–2 McCullers Jr. (13–5) Yarbrough (9–7) Pressly (26) 31,608 93–66 W1
October: 2–1 (Home: 2–1; Away: 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
160 October 1 Athletics 6–8 Manaea (11–10) Valdez (11–6) Trivino (22) 26,672 93–67 L1
161 October 2 Athletics 10–4 Maton (6–0) Blackburn (1–4) 29,208 94–67 W1
162 October 3 Athletics 7–6 Taylor (4–4) Trivino (7–8) 29,752 95–67 W2

Postseason

Game log

2021 Postseason Game Log: 9–7 (Home: 5–3; Away: 4–4)
ALDS vs White Sox: 3–1 (Home: 2–0; Away: 1–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
1 October 7 White Sox 6–1 McCullers Jr. (1–0) Lynn (0–1) 40,497 1–0 W1
2 October 8 White Sox 9–4 Stanek (1–0) Bummer (0–1) 41,315 2–0 W2
3 October 10 @ White Sox 6–12 Kopech (1–0) Y. García (0–1) 40,288 2–1 L1
October 11 @ White Sox Postponed (rain, makeup October 12)
4 October 12 @ White Sox 10–1 Y. García (1–1) Rodón (0–1) 40,170 3–1 W1
ALCS vs Red Sox: 4–2 (Home: 2–1; Away: 2–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
1 October 15 Red Sox 5–4 Stanek (1–0) Robles (0–1) Pressly (1) 40,534 1–0 W1
2 October 16 Red Sox 5–9 Eovaldi (1–0) L. García (0–1) 41,476 1–1 L1
3 October 18 @ Red Sox 3–12 Rodríguez (1–0) Urquidy (0–1) 37,603 1–2 L2
4 October 19 @ Red Sox 9–2 Graveman (1–0) Eovaldi (1–1) 38,010 2–2 W1
5 October 20 @ Red Sox 9–1 Valdez (1–0) Sale (0–1) 37,599 3–2 W2
6 October 22 Red Sox 5–0 L. García (1–1) Eovaldi (1–2) 42,718 4–2 W3
WS vs Braves: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Away: 1–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record Box/Streak
1 October 26 Braves 2–6 Minter (1–0) Valdez (0–1) 42,825 0–1 L1
2 October 27 Braves 7–2 Urquidy (1–0) Fried (0–1) 42,833 1–1 W1
3 October 29 @ Braves 0–2 Anderson (1–0) L. García (0–1) Smith (1) 42,898 1–2 L1
4 October 30 @ Braves 2–3 Matzek (1–0) Javier (0–1) Smith (2) 43,125 1–3 L2
5 October 31 @ Braves 9–5 Urquidy (2–0) Minter (1–1) 43,122 2–3 W1
6 November 2 Braves 0–7 Fried (1–1) L. García (0–2) 42,868 2–4 L1

American League Division Series (ALDS) vs. Chicago White Sox

Main article: 2021 American League Division Series

The Astros played the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS. The managers of the two clubs—Dusty Baker of the Astros and Tony La Russa of the White Sox—had faced each other over 200 times previously as managers of other major league clubs. This series capped a historic rivalry in two intertwining professional baseball careers of which both spanned more than 50 years.[47]

Game 1

The Astros started Lance McCullers Jr., while the White Sox started Lance Lynn. The Astros got the scoring started with a line drive single off the bat of rookie center fielder Jake Meyers. The Astros tacked on two more runs in the third on a Alex Bregman fielders choice and a Yordan Álvarez double that made it 3–0 Astros. Michael Brantley added on to the lead with a two run single to make it 5–0. Álvarez added a solo homer to cap the scoring for Houston as McCullers would pitch 6+23 innings of scoreless ball. The White Sox would get on the board in the 8th inning on a José Abreu single that made it 6–1 before Astros closer Ryan Pressly shut the door in the 9th inning to seal the Game 1 victory for the Astros.

Game 2

The Astros started Framber Valdez, while the White Sox started Lucas Giolito. The White Sox got the scoring started with a fielder's choice RBI from Eloy Jiménez. The Astros took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd with an RBI single from Kyle Tucker and a Chas McCormick sacrifice fly made it 2–1 Astros. The White Sox would storm back in the 5th, on RBI singles from Luis Robert & José Abreu and a sac fly from Yasmani Grandal. The Astros would tie it in the bottom half of the 5th from a 2 run single from AL batting champion Yuli Gurriel. The Astros would blow it open in the 7th off relievers Aaron Bummer and Craig Kimbrel, with Yordan Álvarez driving in José Altuve, Carlos Correa driving in both Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez before Tucker hit a 2 run home run to left to cap off the scoring. Astros relievers Ryan Pressly & Kendall Graveman each worked scoreless innings to seal the Game 2 win and give the Astros a 2–0 lead heading to Guaranteed Rate Field for Game 3.

Game 3

The Astros started Luis García, while the White Sox started Dylan Cease. The White Sox once again got on the board first with an Eloy Jiménez RBI single. The Astros would strike back in the 2nd on a Kyle Tucker RBI double and a Jake Meyers RBI single. Tucker hit his 2nd homer of the series to make it 5–1 in the 3rd. The White Sox would answer with 5 runs in the bottom of the third. Yasmani Grandal hit a 2 run homer and Leury García hit a go ahead three run home run. The Astros would tie in the top of the 4th on a Alex Bregman RBI single. The White Sox would put up 3 in the bottom of the 4th on RBI singles from José Abreu, Eloy Jiménez along with a fielder's choice RBI off the bat of Grandal to make it 9–6 Chicago. Andrew Vaughn would come off the bench and double in Yoan Moncada, García would double in Vaughn and Anderson would single in Garcia to make it 12–6. That would be the end of scoring and White Sox closer Liam Hendriks would shut the door to send the series to a Game 4.

Game 4

The Astros started Game 1 starter Lance McCullers Jr., while the White Sox started Carlos Rodón. The game was postponed on October 11 and was moved to October 12th. The White Sox again got the scoring started with a solo homer from rookie Gavin Sheets. The Astros would take the lead in the 3rd on an RBI double from Carlos Correa. The Astros would take on 3 more runs in the 4th on an RBI single from Martín Maldonado and an RBI double from Alex Bregman. Another run would score for Houston as Michael Brantley would drive in Chas McCormick and would tack on another run on an RBI single from Brantley that scored José Altuve. Altuve would break the game wide open with a 3-run homer off White Sox closer Liam Hendriks. Astros closer Ryan Pressly would allow a single to Eloy Jiménez but shut the door afterwards to send Houston to their 5th straight ALCS.

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American League Championship Series vs. Boston Red Sox

Main article: 2021 American League Championship Series

This was Houston's fifth straight ALCS appearance. The Astros faced the Boston Red Sox in a rematch of the 2018 ALCS, which the Astros lost in five games. With home field advantage in the series, the Astros started game 1 at home, where Altuve and Correa played their 65th career postseason game together. It was the most for a second baseman/shortstop duo in MLB history (this was also in addition to Altuve-Bregman-Correa-Gurriel being the most experienced playoff quartet with 61 games).[48] The Astros won the ALCS in game six, advancing to their third World Series appearance in five years.

ALCS Schedule[49]
Date Day Start time (CST) Location Score Television
October 15 Friday 7:09pm Minute Maid Park Red Sox 4, Astros 5 Fox
October 16 Saturday 3:20pm Minute Maid Park Red Sox 9, Astros 5 Fox/Fox Sports 1
October 18 Monday 7:08pm Fenway Park Astros 3, Red Sox 12 Fox Sports 1
October 19 Tuesday 7:08pm Fenway Park Astros 9, Red Sox 2
October 20 Wednesday 4:08pm Fenway Park Astros 9, Red Sox 1
October 22 Friday 7:08pm Minute Maid Park Red Sox 0, Astros 5

Game 1

The Astros started Framber Valdez, while the Red Sox started Chris Sale. The Astros got on the board first with a sacrifice fly from Yordan Álvarez. The Red Sox would respond with a game tying home run from Kiké Hernández, a fielders choice RBI from J. D. Martinez and a RBI double from Hunter Renfroe before knocking Valdez out of the game after 2+23. Sale would last only 2+23 as well before being pulled. The Astros would tie it on Altuve's 20th career postseason home run, tying him with Hall of Famer and Yankees former captain Derek Jeter. The Astros would retake the lead on a solo homer from Carlos Correa before adding another run on a sac fly in the 8th. Hernández hit another homer off Astros closer Ryan Pressly before Pressly shut the door to seal the 5–4 Game 1 win for Houston.

Game 2

The Astros started Luis García, while the Red Sox started Nathan Eovaldi. The Red Sox got things started with a grand slam from DH J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox would add another slam in the 2nd to make it 8–0 as Luis García left the game with a right knee injury. Kiké Hernández would add another run on a home run off Jake Odorizzi. The Astros would add three runs in the 4th off starter Nathan Eovaldi with an RBI double from Kyle Tucker and an RBI single from Yuli Gurriel. The Astros would tack on two more runs with homers from Gurriel and Jason Castro before the Red Sox sealed the win, 9–5.

Game 3

On the mound, the Astros started right-hander José Urquidy, while the Red Sox started right-hander Eduardo Rodríguez. The Astros' starting infield consisted of Yuli Gurriel, José Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa, who established an MLB postseason record with four teammates starting their 64th postseason game together.[c][50] The Red Sox scored first with RBIs from Christian Vázquez and Christian Arroyo before Kyle Schwarber hit Boston's third grand slam to break it open at 6–0, knocking Urquidy out of the game. Vázquez would add another run on an RBI single before Arroyo hit a 2-run homer to make it 9–0 after 3 innings. The Astros got on the board on a 3-run homer from Kyle Tucker. The Red Sox would add three more runs on a 2-run homer from J.D. Martinez and a solo homer from Rafael Devers before Hirokazu Sawamura shut the door to seal the 12–3 win for the Red Sox.

Game 4

The Astros started Zack Greinke, while the Red Sox countered with Nick Pivetta. The Astros got on the board first with a solo homer from Alex Bregman in the top of the 1st. The Red Sox responded immediately with a 2-run homer from Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the 1st. No other scoring occurred until the top of the eighth inning, when José Altuve tied the game with a leadoff homer. The Astros batted a total of 12 times in the ninth inning, with Correa leading the frame off with a double. On the hill for Boston to attempt to hold the contest at a 2–2 tie was Eovaldi, typically their number-one starting pitcher. Eovaldi struck out Kyle Tucker, then intentionally walked Yuli Gurriel, which brought Chas McCormick's spot to bat. Baker opted to pinch hit for McCormick with Aledmys Díaz, whom Eovaldi also struck out. Jason Castro next batted for Maldonado, and with a 1–2 count, umpire Laz Díaz called a slow curveball on that appeared to find the outside corner for a ball. After a foul ball, Castro singled on split-finger fastball to score Correa, putting the Astros back on top, 3–2. Next, Altuve worked a full-count walk to load the bases, leading Cora to remove Eovaldi for Martín Pérez. Michael Brantley greeted Pérez' first pitch–a fastball–with a double to clear the bases and increase the score to 6–2. Yordan Álvarez singled in Brantley to make it 7–2 and Correa and Tucker both followed with RBI singles to make it 9–2. The seven runs scored tied the postseason record for runs scored in a ninth inning. Astros closer Ryan Pressly allowed two singles in the 9th inning but allowed neither baserunner to score, securing the Game 4 win for the Astros and knot up the ALCS at 2 games apiece.[51]

Game 5

The ALCS Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 1 starters: Framber Valdez for the Astros, and Chris Sale for the Red Sox. Houston scored first with an solo home run from Yordan Álvarez over the Green Monster. Valdez did not allow a Boston baserunner until the fifth inning. The Astros scored five runs in the top of the sixth, chasing Sale with one out. Álvarez doubled home two more runs to make it 3–0, then Yuli Gurriel doubled home Álvarez; rookie outfielder José Siri singled home Kyle Tucker and Gurriel to cap a five-run 6th inning. Both Álvarez and Gurriel collected three hits and three RBI;[52] all of Álvarez' hits landed to the opposite field. This marked the first occasion in Álvarez' career in which he had produced at least three opposite-field hits; meanwhile Sale had allowed four total hits in 2021 to left-handed batters in 42+23 IP.[53] Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the seventh to up the score to 7–0. Rafael Devers got Boston on the board with a solo home run versus Valdez in the bottom of the 7th. Gurriel drove in two more in the 9th to make it 9–1. Valdez went eight innings and got the win, limiting Boston to three total hits and one walk while striking out five; he is the seventh visiting pitcher to go at least eight innings while allowing a run or fewer at Fenway Park in the postseason and the first since Charles Nagy in 1998.[52] Ryne Stanek shut the door in the 9th seal the Game 5 win and send the series back to Houston with the Astros up 3 games to 2.[54][55]

Game 6

The ALCS Game 6 featured a rematch of Game 2 starters Luis Garcia for the Astros and Nathan Eovaldi for the Red Sox. The Astros got on the board first with an RBI double deep to center field from Yordan Álvarez. Kiké Hernández appeared to be in position to catch Álvarez' batted ball, but the ball bounced off his arm just below the glove and dropped to the ground for the two-base hit. Garcia allowed no hits until the sixth inning, when Hernández tripled with two outs. Baker removed Garcia, who left to a standing ovation from the fans. His 5+23 no-hit innings equaled Brandon Backe's club record for a postseason contest; Backe also started with 5+23 no-hit innings in the 2004 NLDS. The Astros got another run in the sixth on a double play that scored Álvarez from 3rd to make it 2–0 Houston. In the seventh, Boston encountered their best chance to score with runners at first and third and one out following Alex Verdugo's single. Kendall Graveman struck out pinch-hitter Travis Shaw; at that instant, Maldonado threw perfectly to Carlos Correa, covering second, to catch Verdugo attempting to steal for an inning-ending double play. Kyle Tucker added insurance runs in the eighth with a three-run home run off reliever Adam Ottavino. Ryan Pressly closed the game in the ninth to defeat the Red Sox, 5–0, capturing the Astros' third pennant in the last five seasons.[56]

The ALCS win brought Baker his first AL pennant. Thus, Baker became the ninth manager in major league history to win a pennant in both the American and National Leagues, having first won in 2002.[57]

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How the Astros constructed a pennant-winning team

Having reached the World Series for the third time in five seasons, just six players remained from the 2017 World Series winner; of the six, two did not play in the 2021 ALCS: Lance McCullers Jr and Marwin González.[58]

World Series vs. Atlanta Braves

Main article: 2021 World Series

This World Series appearance marked Houston's third World Series appearance in five years and fourth World Series appearance overall.

World Series Schedule[59]
Date Day Start time (CST) Location Score Television
October 26 Tuesday 7:09pm Minute Maid Park Braves 6, Astros 2 Fox
October 27 Wednesday 7:09pm Minute Maid Park Braves 2, Astros 7 Fox
October 29 Friday 7:09pm Truist Park Astros 0, Braves 2 Fox
October 30 Saturday 7:09pm Truist Park Astros 2, Braves 3 Fox
October 31 Sunday 7:15pm Truist Park Astros 9, Braves 5 Fox
November 2 Tuesday 7:09pm Minute Maid Park Braves 7, Astros 0 Fox

Game 1

Game 1 of the World Series featured a matchup of Charlie Morton, who pitched for the Astros in 2017 and 2018 before leaving in free agency, for the Braves against Framber Valdez for the Astros. The Braves got the scoring started with a leadoff home run from Jorge Soler and Austin Riley doubled in Ozzie Albies. Soler drove in his 2nd run of the game on a fielder's choice RBI. Adam Duvall would add a 2-run home run to make it 5–0 Atlanta. Morton would leave the game after 2+13 after taking a comebacker to his ankle in the 2nd inning, which fractured his right fibula and ruled Morton out for the rest of the series. The Astros would get a run in the 4th after an error from shortstop Dansby Swanson. The Braves would get another run in the 8th on Freddie Freeman sac fly. The Astros would tack on a run in the 8th as well on a RBI groundout from Carlos Correa. Braves closer Will Smith would walk Aledmys Díaz before shutting the door to seal the Game 1 win for Atlanta, 6–2.

Game 2

Game 2 featured a matchup of Max Fried for the Braves and José Urquidy for the Astros. The Astros got on the board first with an Alex Bregman sac fly that scored José Altuve. The Braves would respond in the top of the 2nd with a solo homer from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. The Astros would tack on four runs in the bottom of the 2nd with RBI singles from rookie outfielder José Siri, catcher Martín Maldonado and veteran outfielder Michael Brantley. Freddie Freeman would drive in his 2nd RBI of the series with an RBI single that made it 5–2 Houston. The Astros would tack on a run in the 6th on an fielder's choice error. Altuve would add another run on his 22nd career postseason home run, tying him for 2nd place on the all time postseason home run leaderboard with Bernie Williams. Kendall Graveman would shut the door in the 9th to tie the series at 1 game apiece heading to Atlanta for Game 3.

Game 3

Game 3 featured a matchup of rookie right hander Luis García, while Atlanta went with right hander Ian Anderson. The Braves held the Astro hitless for seven innings and surrendered only two hits in the game, as they won 2–0 to take a 2–1 lead in the series

Game 4

The Braves opted for a bullpen game in Game 4, starting the left-hander Dylan Lee. The Astros went with right-hander Zack Greinke. Houston scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve. Altuve would add to the lead with a solo home run off of Kyle Wright in the fourth, passing Bernie Williams for second all time on the postseason home runs list. The Braves would not get on the board until the sixth, when Austin Riley drove in Eddie Rosario against reliever Phil Maton. In the seventh inning, the Braves’ Dansby Swanson stepped up and hit a game-tying solo home run off reliever Cristian Javier. Jorge Soler came off the bench and proceeded to follow up Dansby Swanson’s homer with one of his own, this one giving Atlanta the lead. Tyler Matzek pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, aided by a great catch by Eddie Rosario robbing Jose Altuve of extra bases. Will Smith recorded his second save of the series, and the Braves moved win away from a World Series title.

Game 5

The Astros started Framber Valdez, while the Braves went with another bullpen game, starting Tucker Davidson. The Braves started off strong with a first inning grand slam by Adam Duvall. The Astros got an RBI double from Alex Bregman and a sac fly by Martin Maldonado to make it 4-2. In the top of the third, an RBI double by Carlos Correa and a sacrifice groundout by Yuli Gurriel made it a tie game at 4-4. Freddie Freeman put the Braves back up with a 460-foot home run into right field. In the fifth, with two on base, Braves reliever A.J. Minter intentionally walked Alex Bregman. Maldonado came up and drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game. He was followed by pinch-hitter Marwin González, who drove in two more with a single. In the top of the 7th, Maldonado tacked on his third RBI of the night with a double that scored Kyle Tucker. In the eighth, the Astros got one more on an RBI double by Carlos Correa, his second of the night. Kendall Graveman pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to secure the 9-5 victory for Houston and force Game 6.

Game 6

The Astros started Luis García, while the Braves sent Max Fried to the mound.

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Awards and achievements

Major League debuts and awards

Houston Astros 2021 MLB debuts
Player—Appeared at oosition
Date and opponent
91st All-Star Game selections
Player Pos. Sel. Ref.
José Altuve 2B 7th [26]
Michael Brantley OF 5th
Carlos Correa SS 2nd
Ryan Pressly RHP 2nd
Houston Astros award winners
Name of award Recipient Ref
American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (ALCS MVP) Yordan Álvarez [74]
American League Player of the Month September Kyle Tucker [46]
Darryl Kile Good Guy Award Alex Bregman [75]
Fielding Bible Award Shortstop Carlos Correa [76]
Fred Hartman Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball Mike Acosta [d] [75]
Houston Astros Most Valuable Player (MVP) Carlos Correa [75]
Houston Astros Pitcher of the Year Lance McCullers Jr. [75]
Houston Astros Rookie of the Year Luís García [75]
Rawlings Gold Glove Award First base Yuli Gurriel [77]
Shortstop Carlos Correa
Sporting News AL All-Star Shortstop Carlos Correa [78]
Outfield Kyle Tucker

AL batting leaders

Houston Astros batting leaders
Category Player Figure AL rank Player Figure AL rank Player Figure AL rank
Batting average (AVG) Yuli Gurriel .319 1st Michael Brantley .311 2nd Kyle Tucker .294 9th
On-base percentage (OBP) Yuli Gurriel .383 2nd Carlos Correa .366 9th
Slugging percentage (SLG) Kyle Tucker .557 3rd Yordan Álvarez .531 10th
On-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) Kyle Tucker .917 3rd Yordan Álvarez .877 9th
Wins Above Replacement (WAR)—position players Carlos Correa 7.2 1st Kyle Tucker 5.7 8th
Games played Myles Straw** 158 9th—tied
Plate appearances José Altuve 678 8th
Runs scored José Altuve 117 3rd Carlos Correa 104 7th
Hits Yuli Gurriel 169 8th—tied
Doubles (2B) Kyle Tucker 37 5th—tied Yordan Álvarez 35 9th—tied
Runs batted in (RBI) Yordan Álvarez 104 8th
Stolen bases (SB) Myles Straw** 30 2nd—tied
Singles Yuli Gurriel 123 6th—tied
Adjusted OPS+ Kyle Tucker 147 5th Yordan Álvarez 136 8th
Extra base hits Kyle Tucker 70 10th—tied
Times on base José Altuve 237 8th—tied
Runs created (RC) José Altuve 105 10th
Note: **Played first 98 games of season with Astros before trade to Cleveland Indians on July 30, 2021.[79]
Reference:
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AL pitching leaders

Houston Astros pitching leaders
Category Player Figure AL rank Player Figure AL rank
Earned run average (ERA) Lance McCullers Jr. 3.16 2nd
Wins Lance McCullers Jr. 13 5th—tied
Winning percentage Lance McCullers Jr. .722 2nd—tied Zack Greinke .647 10th—tied
Walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) Zack Greinke 1.170 5th Lance McCullers Jr. 1.220 8th
Hits per nine innings pitched (H/9) Lance McCullers Jr. 6.764 1st Zack Greinke 8.632 8th
Bases on balls per nine innings pitched (BB/9) Zack Greinke 1.895 2nd
Strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) Lance McCullers Jr. 10.257 4th
Games played Ryne Stanek 72 4th—tied
Saves Ryan Pressly 26 4th
Strikeouts (SO or K) Lance McCullers Jr. 185 9th—tied
Complete games Zack Greinke 1 3rd—tied
Home runs allowed (HR) Zack Greinke 30 5th—tied
Bases on balls (BB) Lance McCullers Jr. 76 1st
Hits allowed Zack Greinke 164 9th—tied
Strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) Zack Greinke 3.333 9th
Home runs per nine innnings (HR/9) Lance McCullers Jr. 0.721 1st
Wild pitches Luis García 9 9th—tied Framber Valdez 9 9th—tied
Hits by pitch Framber Valdez 11 3rd—tied Lance McCullers Jr. 10 7th—tied
Games finished Ryan Pressly 49 4th
Adjusted ERA+ Lance McCullers Jr. 136 2nd
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) Lance McCullers Jr. 3.52 6th
Adjusted pitching runs Lance McCullers Jr. 22 6th
Championship win probability added (cWPA) Ryan Pressly 2.6 1st Lance McCullers Jr. 2.0 8th
Reference:[81]

AL fielding leaders

Roster

2021 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Minor league system and first-year player draft

Teams

See also: Minor League Baseball

In advance of the 2021 season, Major League Baseball took direct control of, and restructured, Minor League Baseball in part with the intent of cost efficiency, and enhancing the experience and compensation for its players and directly managing their development plans. The legacy league names were replaced with generic names depicting their level of play. One significant change for Astros included aligning the Sugar Land Skeeters as their AAA club; the Skeeters were previously members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and unaffiliated with any major league clubs.[82] Sugar Land replaced the Round Rock Express.

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sugar Land Skeeters Triple-A West Mickey Storey
AA Corpus Christi Hooks Double-A Central Gregorio Petit
High-A Asheville Tourists High-A East Nate Shaver
Low-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers Low-A East Rey Hernandez
Rookie FCL Astros Florida Complex League Ricardo Rivera
Rookie DSL Astros Dominican Summer League Carlos Lugo

Major League Baseball draft

See also: 2021 Major League Baseball draft

2021 Houston Astros complete draft list
Round Pick Name (Age) Pos. B / T School City, state Date sgnd. Refs.
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3 87 Tyler Whitaker (18) CF R/R Bishop Gorman High School Las Vegas, NV [83]
4 117 Álex Úlloa (18) SS R/R Calvary Christian Academy Fort Lauderdale, FL [83]
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Footnotes
  1. ^ The previous four clubs were the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals.
  2. ^ Baker was also manager of the San Francisco Giants in 2002, for whom Bonds played when won his first batting title,[43] and when the Giants clinched the National League pennant.[44]
  3. ^ Per the Elias Sports Bureau. The first game in which the foursome started together occurred on September 3, 2016, in a 12–4 loss to the Texas Rangers. The 2016 season was Gurriel's first in MLB, who made his debut the latest of the four.
  4. ^ Acosta started with the Houston franchise in 1999 as a broadcast intern, eventually becoming the Astros Team Historian, and an expert on the history of the Astrodome. His achievements include significant effort in the design, concept, and establishment of the Astros Hall of Fame in 2019, and of the creation of the Astros Hall of Fame Board.
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