The Houston Astros may have more to prove than any other team in the majors, and their road to redemption as a franchise begins this season.
In 2020, almost all Astros games will be televised in local markets on AT&T SportsNet Southwest, while some will also be nationally televised on either Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN or MLB Network. But if you don’t have cable, you can watch every Astros game on your computer, phone, Roku, Firestick, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following streaming services:
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FuboTV: Includes AT&T SportsNet Southwest (local markets), Fox and Fox Sports 1 (ESPN being added on August 1). $59.99 per month
MLB.TV: Watch every out-of-market game. $24.99 per month for every team or $49.99 total for one team.
You can sign up and start watching Astros games via any of the above links, but here’s a more complete rundown of what each service includes:
Astros Channels Included: AT&T SportsNet Southwest (local markets), Fox and Fox Sports 1 (ESPN being added on August 1)
Price: $59.99 per month (MLB Network and MLB Strike Zone included in “fubo Extra” add-on for $5.99 per month)
As the only streaming service with AT&T SportsNet Southwest, FuboTV is the only viable option for those who live in Houston or any surrounding Astros market:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Astros games live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch games on-demand within three days of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
If you live outside of the Astros market, you can watch all out-of-market games via MLB.TV. If you just want to watch out-of-market Astros games, it costs $49.99 for the season. If you want to be able to watch every out-of-market game, it costs either $24.99 per month or $59.99 for the season:
Once signed up for MLB.TV, you can then watch out-of-market games on your computer via the MLB website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4 or other streaming device via the MLB TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can watch full game archives of all 2020 games that don’t have local or national blackout restrictions.
Astros 2020 Season Preview
Houston will be looking to change hearts and minds this season after being caught up in one of the biggest scandals to hit MLB in a long time. Last November, it was revealed that the team stole the signals of opponents throughout its championship run in 2017, as well as its 2018 campaign. Veteran skipper Dusty Baker will take over for former manager A.J. Hinch this season, and Baker says his new club is looking forward, not backward.
“It’s over now,” Baker said recently. “I hope we don’t have to keep rehashing that over and over throughout the course of the year. It’s behind us. I’d like to leave it behind us.” Baker is likely looking for one final chance at a World Series title, and this squad gives him what could be his best shot yet.
The Astros are still the favorites to win the NL West after nearly beating the Washington Nationals in the World Series last year. Houston won a whopping 107 games last season, and their pitching is a primary reason why.
The ‘Stros are once again led by Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who, along with Zack Greinke, took up two of the top nine slots in ERA last season. The team lost ace Gerrit Cole to the Yankees, but they’ll get Lance McCullers Jr. back. McCullers returns after missing much of 2019 due to injury, so he’ll be a key one to watch.
Jose Urquidy and Josh James will fill out the starting rotation, although James and Urquidy have both missed significant time at camp, and their statuses remain questionable heading into opening day.
On the offensive side of things, third baseman Alex Bregman also promises to be a force again this year. Bregman belted 41 homers last year, which was tied for seventh in the majors. He hit just shy of .300, and he could very likely have a career year in his fifth season. The Astros led MLB in batting average in 2019, hitting .274 as a team, while also drilling 288 home runs, which ranked third.
Houston also had the second-best fielding percentage in the league last year, so look for their gloves to carry them at times, as well. At present, the Astros are one of the few teams in the majors firing on all cylinders, and as a result, they’ll likely be one of the teams to beat again this year.
Here’s a look at the potential starting lineup for the Astros this season:
- 1) George Springer, CF
- 2) Alex Bregman, 3B
- 3) José Altuve, 2B
- 4) Carlos Correa, SS
- 5) Yordan Alvarez, DH
- 6) Yuli Gurriel, 1B
- 7) Michael Brantley, LF
- 8) Josh Reddick, RF
- 9) Martín Maldonado, C
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