Astros fans hoping homestand rejuvenates A.L. West race

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HOUSTON, TX – The Astros can’t seem to get back to Minute Maid Park fast enough.  The ‘Stros end a 10-game road trip Thursday in Arlington, and then they’ll come back to Houston for a nine-game homestand starting Friday.

During this past road trip, the Astros fell out of first places in the American League West.

Astros fans are staying positive about the team’s chances to make the playoffs as a division winner or as a wild card team.

“The pressure is on now, but the Astros, they’ve been through it this whole season with the ups and downs,” Jimmy Marquina said. “They’ve been here before, so it shouldn’t phase them.”

“They’ve had a real struggle the whole year when they play the away games,” Larry Plummer said. “We just need to have a few more home games. We get to play the Rangers again for three more games, so I think the results are going to be completely different than what they were in  Arlington.”

Houston’s homestand starts with a weekend series against Oakland, before four games with the Angels and then three more with the Rangers.