8. Home Opener and first Home Series Vs. The Baltimore Orioles
When: Monday, April 2nd – Wednesday, April 4th
Pitchers: Lance McCullers Jr followed up by the top of the rotation.
The Storyline: The Astros welcome the Baltimore Orioles for their opening home series. Filled with excitement and much-anticipated celebrations, the Astros get to unveil their banner and receive their championship rings. Monday, April 2nd the Astros unveil the championship banner and Tuesday, April 3rd is the ring ceremony. Fans attending games can receive their own hardware along with many other giveaways in 2018. For a full list of giveaways, click here.
7. Home Series with the Bronx Bombers
When: Monday, April 30th – Thursday, May 3rd
Pitchers: Look for the bullpen to be tested in this highly anticipated high scoring bout.
The Storyline: The Astros are slated for a four-game homestand vs. the New York Yankees in a rematch of thrilling seven-game ALCS. A matchup between the huge bats of the Yankees versus the big arms of the Astros rotation is as exciting as it sounds. It will be the first regular season look at the dangerous Yankee lineup including Aaron Judge and the newly acquired NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton.
In what combined for 111 home runs between Judge and Stanton last season this duo is a tough task for the Astros arms. I think this will be a high scoring high excitement series between the two. And, there’s still that chip on Verlander’s shoulders after the AL crown was prematurely given to the Yankees.