The top 10 moments from the 2017 Astros so far

We’re halfway through the 2017 season, and the Houston Astros are making a mockery of the AL West while bulldozing through their schedule. It’s been an amazing season thus far and the perfect medicine for long-suffering fans of the franchise—there has been no better way so far to wash that tanking taste out of our mouths. At 54-27, there have been no shortage of memorable moments. But here are our top 10 so far!

1. Leadoff #SpringerDinger on Opening Day

How else would this season start? On the fourth pitch of his first at bat, George Springer took Felix Hernandez deep to left center field to start the fun. Springer, and the rest of the Astros, haven’t slowed down since. -Patrick

2. Marisnick Throws out Ellsbury to End Game

On May 11 the Yankees tried to mount a comeback against Ken Giles in the bottom of the 9th. After a soft grounder through the left side, Jake Marisnick hosed Jacoby Ellsbury at home to make it four straight wins headed in to the weekend. -Patrick

3. Alex Bregman grand slam at Yankee Stadium

Speaking of that weekend at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, May 14th was supposed to be all about Derek Jeter. Instead, the day become a sort of coming out party for this Astros team. Alex Bregman has chosen to wear number 2, since he has always been a fan of Jeter. What better way to show your fandom than to hit your first home run of the season, a grand slam to cap off a 6 run first inning. -Patrick

4. 11-run 8th inning in Minnesota

Down 8-2 in the top of the 8th, things weren’t looking great for the Astros on May 29th. This game was instrumental in teaching us that we can never count out the 2017 Astros. Six runs would have been enough to tie it up, seven to take a lead, but eleven was enough to text your friends with nothing but “HAHAHAAHAHHA” as the message. Just to really seal the deal, the ‘Stros added three more in the top of the 9th. Unfortunately for the Twins, this wouldn’t be their only appearance on this list. -Patrick

5. Astros hit 6 homers, score 17 runs at Minnesota

A few days later on a Memorial Day getaway game, the Astros decided to show off their offense yet again. After scoring 16 and 7 in the first two wins, the Astros one-upped themselves and put together a 17 run game, complete with 6 home runs. Nice way to close out the month with a seven game win streak. -Patrick

6. Marwin Gonzalez grand slam vs. Texas

Remember when the 2016 Astros went 4-15 against the Rangers, effectively ruining any postseason hopes Houston had? Off to a 7-3 start in the race for the Silver Boot in 2017, the Astros have made life difficult for their rivals in Arlington. Lest we forget, the play of Marwin Gonzalez has been one of the most underrated stories of the MLB season, and the May 2 multi-homer performance against the Rangers was his grand entrance. Texas got out to a 5-0 lead after four innings, but the ‘Stros wouldn’t go away. Entering the 8th inning down 5-3, Gonzalez stepped in with two outs and the bases loaded and drove a 2-1 pitch just over the right field wall and inside the foul pole. His sly smile as he tossed his bat down the first baseline would set the tone for the one-sided nature of this rivalry so far in 2017. -Sahil

6. Pitchers combine for 18 strikeouts at Texas

The Astros 11-game winning streak from late May to early June was an incredible highlight, and game nine was one of my personal favorites. On the road in Arlington? Late game heroics from Jose Altuve? The overwhelming amount of orange in the crowd? Sign me up. But the 18 strikeouts from six different pitchers was the cherry on top in this 6-5 win. -Sahil

7. Correa’s ridiculous catch against the Orioles

It’s nice to know that your 22-year-old homer-crushing, All-Star Game-starting, face-of-the-franchise has a decent glove as well. -Sahil

9. The new personalities in the clubhouse

From #Wooston to the Devo Circle of Death to whatever is going on with Yuli Gurriel’s beautiful head of hair, the full-year additions to the 2017 Astros have made a difference in the clubhouse and really made this team the most fun Astros team ever.Sahil

10. Astros-Royals April 9, Marisnick tying home run and Gattis walkoff walk

Yet another early-season indicator towards the clutch nature of this Astros team, Jake Marisnick hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth off Royals’ closer Kelvin Herrera, and after four innings and seven strikeouts from Chris Devenski, the ‘Stros loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. Facing a full count, Evan Gattis held off on a pitch high in the zone for a walk-off walk to avoid a sweep and put Houston above .500 for the rest of the season. -Sahil

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