Houston Astros Starting Lineup 4/9/20 Astros Lineup

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11:39 pm GMT, 10/21

A new coach will bring a different mindset to Houston. However, the same core lineup of championship caliber players will fill the new manager's lineup card. This is a good team full of good players. The lineup is stacked all the way to the final spot in the batting order. Houston tied with the Dodgers for the best run differential in baseball. There is little doubt that the Astros will navigate to or near the top in that area again.

The question about how big of a run differential they will have will hinge on how well the pitch. They still have a pitching rotation stocked with solid arms. However, gone is one of the top-10 pitchers in baseball. Most teams have problems addressing those kinds of departures. Houston has good arms to the top-level starter they lost. But, any injury to the current rotation could expose the one possible Astros weakness heading into 2020.

Astros Starting Lineup

1. Y. Gurriel , (R), 1B
2. J. Altuve , (R), 2B
3. A. Bregman , (R), 3B
4. M. Maldonado , (R), C
5. G. Springer , (R), CF
6. M. Brantley , (L), LF
7. J. Reddick , (L), RF
8. C. Correa , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Justin Verlander J. Verlander (R)
94
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel (R)
76
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Jose Altuve J. Altuve (R)
93
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Alex Bregman A. Bregman (R)
95
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado (R)
64
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF George Springer G. Springer (R)
93
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Michael Brantley M. Brantley (L)
88
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Josh Reddick J. Reddick (L)
86
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Carlos Correa C. Correa (R)
92
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Houston Astros Pitching Analysis

Houston had one of the most dangerous rotations in baseball last year, but 2019 will be a little bit different given some changes. The Astros finished with the best ERA in baseball last season, and it started at the top with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Both threw over 200 innings last season, and had over 250 strikeouts with a sub three ERA. Verlander has crushed in Houston, and this is certainly a team where arms go to change for the better. His strikeouts have been up since moving from Detroit, and Cole took a massive step forward in his career. He was already above average in Pittsburgh, but the strikeouts have really lifted him into the next level of arms. Cole had 276 strikeouts last season, and year two is going to be interesting because of recency bias. Verlander and Cole are both projected for well over 200 strikeouts again. What is changing in Houston is the names following after Cole and Verlander. Charlie Morton is now in Tampa Bay, Lance McCullers is going to miss the 2019 season, while Dallas Keuchel is a free agent unlikely to return to Houston.

Joshua James is a 25-year-old right-hander who was a late round draft pick that thrived in the minors last season. He earned a few starts with Houston, and looked very impressive. James averaged about 97 mph on his fastball, and had a very good changeup to go with it. We have a limited sample size on James right now, but projections have him pitching over 100 innings this season. Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock are likely going to be re-joining the rotation, and they were in the bullpen last season. Peacock was another name who turned around his career in Houston. In 2017 he made 21 starts, going 13-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Peacock has hit career highs in each of the last three seasons, continuously raising it. Peacock won’t have over a 35% strikeout rate this year if he isn’t pitching out of the bullpen, but is a quality arm at the backend of a rotation. McHugh pitched out of the pen last season, with a 1.99 ERA and 33.2% strikeout rate. Even falling back to half that production with his career would be huge for a fourth or fifth starter on Houston.