Season Outlook: Houston Astros

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. George Springer – Center Fielder
  2. Jose Altuve – 2nd baseman
  3. Carlos Correa – Shortstop
  4. Carlos Beltran – Designated Hitter
  5. Brian McCann – Catcher
  6. Alex Bregman – 3rd baseman
  7. Josh Reddick – Right Fielder
  8. Yulieski Gurriel – 1st baseman
  9. Nori Aoki – Left Fielder

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Dallas Keuchel
  2. Lance McCullers
  3. Collin McHugh
  4. Mike Fiers
  5. Charlie Morton

Season Outlook:

The Houston Astros already had a really good lineup with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Alex Bregman. However, the Astros were busy adding to their lineup even more particularly by signing Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Josh Reddick. Those are 3 veteran players that should combine with the extremely talented players that Houston already had. There is no doubt that Altuve and Correa will be the heart of the Astros lineup, but there really is no weakness in their lineup right now. The Astros lineup clearly is good enough now to not only make the playoffs, but possibly be a world series contender. Meanwhile, the Astros starting rotation is good, although it still has room for improvement. Dallas Keuchel is the clear ace of the pitching staff and Lance McCullers is a very good starting pitcher as well. However, after those 2 pitchers then there is a pretty big dropoff with Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, and Charlie Morton being the rest of the rotation. Houston could add another quality starting pitcher very soon and that is the piece is probably needed to make this team a world series contender. If the pitching staff can become really good to go along with their already dangerous lineup then there is no doubt that this is a top 3 team in the AL.

Prediction: 1st place in the AL West

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