2013 Houston Astros Preview

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  1. JFace907

    JFace907 Ron F'n Swanson

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    Projected Lineup
    1. J.B. Shuck LF
    2. Charlie Blackmon CF
    3. J.D. Martinez DH
    4. Jerry Sands RF
    5. Jason Castro C
    6. Jonathan Singleton 1B
    7. Darin Holcomb 3B
    8. Jed Lowrie SS
    9. Jose Altuve 2B

    The Houston Astros head into their first season in the American League and look to make some noise. With a team that seems strikingly familiar to the contact-first, defending World Series champ Kansas City Royals they may just do that. This team will bring some National League style play to the AL with lots of hitting and running and sacrifices with their great speed and bat control. The striking thing abot this team is they only have ONE position player 30 or older. This team is full of youth and spunk. The pitching staff isn’t much older with only 2 over the magic 3-0. If this lineup can manufacture runs like the lineup is made for, they will be a team to look for in what was ultimately a wide open AL West last year.

    Projected Rotation
    1. Zack Greinke (R)
    2. Matt Garza (R)
    3. Wandy Rodriguez (L)
    4. Bud Norris (R)
    5. Chad Billingsley (R)

    Bullpen
    MR Josh Spence (L)
    MR Jorge De Leon (R)
    MR Chris Tillman (R)
    SU Wilton Lopez (R)
    SU David Carpenter (R)
    CL Francisco Cordero

    This staff is electric, especially the top 3. Each pitcher has awesome stuff that can make batters just look silly. However, outside of the Greinke these men have control issues. If they can locate their pitches this could easily be the best staff in the AL West and possibly the American League as a whole. The bullpen is in a very similar boat. All of the arms in the pen are electric and if they can put their lightning in a bottle it should be easy handing off the game to the vet Francisco Cordero. After a measly 3 saves in 2012 Cordero is looking to show that he can still slam the door shut in the ninth and with some of the lineups he’ll see in the West, we look forward to how he handles that challenge.

    Overall this team is intriguing and one that is on our Darkhorse list. Injuries will be the telling sign of this team as depth is not one of their strong suits. The pitching staff and “small ball” will carry this team to at least 70 wins. If they avoid the injury bullet and avoid issues free passes to opposing hitters, I see this team reaching as many as 90 wins.

    When its all said it done however, injuries are just always a factor in baseball and the control issues of the staff will hit them at least 3 stretches in the season.
    Projected Record: 75-87
     
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  2. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    It will be interesting to see how they match up with Texas and LA. I don't know how any pitching staff can compete with the Rangers.
     

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