The Astros and Yankees have a long history. When do they play each other in the 2019 regular season?
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The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two MLB teams based in New York City, the other being the National League (NL)’s New York Mets. The Yankees began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the modern Baltimore Orioles). In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the team the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.
The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC controlled by the family of the late George Steinbrenner, who purchased them in 1973. Former catcher Yogi Berra and longtime broadcaster Phil Rizzuto are also members of the organization. The team’s home games were played at Yankee Stadium from 1923 until 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 2009, they moved into a new ballpark of the same name that was constructed adjacent to the previous facility—the original stadium was demolished following that season’s end.
The History of the Rivalry
The rivalry between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees is one of the most intense in Major League Baseball. The two teams have met in the playoffs five times, with the Astros winning three of those series.
The first time the two teams met in the playoffs was in the 2001 American League Championship Series. The Yankees were the defending World Series champions, and they were heavy favorites to win again. However, the Astros shocked everyone by winning the series in six games.
The next time they met was in the 2017 American League Championship Series. This time, it was the Astros who were defending World Series champions, and they didn’t disappoint. They swept the Yankees in four games to advance to the World Series.
The most recent meeting between the two teams was in 2019, when they met in the American League Championship Series once again. The Astros won the first two games of the series, but then the Yankees won three straight to take a 3-2 lead. However, Houston wouldn’t be denied, and they won game six to force a seventh and final game. In one of the most thrilling games in baseball history, the Astros won 7-4 to advance to their second straight World Series.
So when do these two great teams meet again? The 2020 season has been shortened due to COVID-19, so they will only play each other 17 times instead of their usual 19 times. They will first meet on August 7th in Houston, and their last meeting will be on September 27th in New York.
The 2017 Schedule
The New York Yankees will play the Houston Astros during the 2017 regular season. The schedule is as follows:
May 5-7: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees in Houston
July 18-20: New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros in New York
August 15-17: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees in Houston
Why the Rivalry is so Important
The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros have been two of the most successful teams in baseball over the past few years. The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, while the Astros have won one. The two teams have met in the postseason four times, with the Yankees winning three of those series.
The rivalry between the two teams is intense, and it is often said that when they meet in the playoffs, it is the toughest series to predict. Both teams are loaded with talent, and both have a history of success.
The most recent meeting between the two teams was in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The Astros won that series in seven games, and went on to win the World Series. That victory was extra sweet for Houston, as it was their first ever World Series title.
The next time these two great teams meet will be in 2019, when they face off in the AL East.
The 2017 regular season ends on October 1. If the Yankees and Astros both make the playoffs, they could potentially meet in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The ALCS is a best-of-seven series, and would be played from October 13-21.