HOUSTON – The Astros and the Indians have played 59 games against each other, but none of those games will compare to the ones played in the upcoming American League Division Series.
Houston will host Games 1 and 2, at least. If the series goes to five games, the Astros will host the winner-take-all Game 5 at Minute Maid Park.
Cleveland holds the edge in heads-to-head play, with a 39-24 record against Houston.
The teams first played each other in 1997, a 6-4 Indians win at the Astrodome.
The teams have never met in the playoffs, which isn't hard to believe considering the Astros joined the American League recently.
Houston has won four of the last seven games played between the franchises.
From July 2, 1997, to April 19, 2013, Houston went 11-6 against Cleveland.
The last game played between the teams was on May 27, a wild 14-inning win for the Indians in a game in which Houston held an 8-3 lead in the eighth inning. The Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, three charged to Ken Giles' ledger. Evan Gattis gave Houston the lead in the top of the 13th inning, but the Indians tied it up in the bottom half of the inning before winning the game in the following inning with a walk-off homer.