Houston Astros Preview

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Obvious contender with potent lineup, good defense, capable rotation and underrated depth. Lineup will be dangerous as the top 5 hitters all should have OPS over .800 and the bottom of the lineup will be platooned according to the pitcher. I like the depth this team has, they picked up Beltran, McCann, Reddick, Aoki to give the lineup flexibility and for simple depth. Every night a solid lineup will be going for the Astros no matter who has the night off.

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 George Springer OF 605 103 28 76 13 0.263 0.348 0.460 0.808 70 151
2 Alex Bregman 3B 581 95 26 84 9 0.267 0.336 0.482 0.818 56 94
3 Jose Altuve 2B 609 92 17 76 35 0.319 0.366 0.481 0.847 41 57
4 Carlos Correa SS 582 77 24 99 16 0.275 0.347 0.469 0.816 62 117
5 Carlos Beltran DH 474 60 22 73 1 0.281 0.329 0.483 0.812 33 80
6 Brian McCann C 432 57 22 70 0 0.236 0.313 0.419 0.732 42 80
7 Josh Reddick OF 438 57 14 52 7 0.272 0.327 0.427 0.754 36 57
8 Yulieski Gurriel 1B 428 53 13 54 5 0.262 0.316 0.409 0.725 31 76
9 Norichika Aoki OF 305 42 3 22 9 0.289 0.347 0.387 0.734 23 28

Rotation wise I am very concerned with Kuechel who’s fastball lost velocity and who just wasn’t that good last year. His control is something to watch closely. McClluers is someone I like quite a bit and imo the real ace of the team. Rounding out the rotation is Morton, Fiers, McHugh. There are some young arms waiting for a chance too.

I love the overall depth this team has and they are an obvious world series contender. One concern would be their SP, they could lose a 5 game series easily because they don’t have a true dependable ace. This team will be winning a lot of games nonetheless.

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