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.
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.