Houston Astros Starting Lineup 2/18/19 Astros Lineup

103-59, 1st in AL West

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at BOS

11:39 pm GMT, 10/21

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Houston didn’t need to do too much to their lineup, as they have one of the best young cores in baseball. However, they did add Michael Brantley to round out a very good outfield with George Springer and Josh Reddick. They did lose Brian McCann, but replaced him with Robinson Chirinos who has plenty of power to sit in the back half of the lineup and rake in some RBI. Alex Bregman has become one of the best third basemen in baseball, and will hit second again behind George Springer and in front of Jose Altuve. Carlos Correa was banged up last season, and it showed in his overall stats. If Correa can get back to where he was in 2017, the cleanup spot will suit him well. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White are excellent fill-in options, and while they are going to miss Marwin Gonzalez, this is once again a top lineup in baseball.

Updated: 4:05 am GMT, 10/20

Starting Lineup

1. A. Bregman , (R), 3B
2. G. Springer , (R), RF
3. J. Altuve , (R), DH
4. C. Correa , (R), SS
5. Y. Gurriel , (R), 1B
6. M. Gonzalez , (S), 2B
7. T. Kemp , (L), LF
8. M. Maldonado , (R), C
9. J. Marisnick , (R), CF
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) 92 34 16-9 214 833 156 63 60 28 37 290 0.32% 0.05% 0.90 0.274
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
3B Alex Bregman A. Bregman (R) 90 1 157 705 170 87 51 1 31 103 105 10 4 0.286 0.394 0.53 0.926
RF George Springer G. Springer (R) 93 2 141 616 144 96 26 0 22 71 102 6 4 0.265 0.346 0.43 0.78
DH Jose Altuve J. Altuve (R) 92 3 137 596 169 125 29 2 13 61 84 17 4 0.316 0.386 0.45 0.837
SS Carlos Correa C. Correa (R) 92 4 111 468 96 60 20 1 15 65 60 3 0 0.239 0.323 0.41 0.728
1B Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel (R) 83 5 136 573 156 109 33 1 13 85 70 5 1 0.291 0.323 0.43 0.751
2B Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez (S) 77 6 145 547 121 77 25 3 16 68 61 2 3 0.247 0.324 0.41 0.733
LF Tony Kemp T. Kemp (L) 77 7 97 291 67 46 15 0 6 30 37 9 4 0.263 0.351 0.39 0.743
C Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado (R) 68 8 119 402 84 56 18 1 9 44 39 0 1 0.225 0.276 0.35 0.627
CF Jake Marisnick J. Marisnick (R) 66 9 103 233 45 26 8 1 10 28 34 6 2 0.211 0.275 0.40 0.674

2018 Recent Astros Lineups

Game Score Starting Pitcher 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10/19 vs BOS L 1-4 Justin Verlander J. Verlander (R), 6 IP, 4 SO, 4 ER, L Alex Bregman A. Bregman George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Carlos Correa C. Correa Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Tony Kemp T. Kemp Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Jake Marisnick J. Marisnick
10/18 vs BOS L 6-8 Charlie Morton C. Morton (R), 2.1 IP, 2 SO, 3 ER, ND Alex Bregman A. Bregman George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Josh Reddick J. Reddick Carlos Correa C. Correa Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Tony Kemp T. Kemp
10/16 vs BOS L 2-8 Dallas Keuchel D. Keuchel (L), 5 IP, 0 SO, 2 ER, ND George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Josh Reddick J. Reddick Carlos Correa C. Correa Brian McCann B. McCann Tony Kemp T. Kemp
10/14 @ BOS L 5-7 Gerrit Cole G. Cole (R), 6 IP, 5 SO, 4 ER, L George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Tyler White T. White Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Carlos Correa C. Correa Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Josh Reddick J. Reddick
10/14 @ BOS W 7-2 Justin Verlander J. Verlander (R), 6 IP, 6 SO, 2 ER, W George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Tyler White T. White Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Carlos Correa C. Correa Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado Josh Reddick J. Reddick
10/8 @ CLE W 11-3 Dallas Keuchel D. Keuchel (L), 5 IP, 2 SO, 2 ER, ND George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Josh Reddick J. Reddick Carlos Correa C. Correa Brian McCann B. McCann Tony Kemp T. Kemp
10/6 vs CLE W 3-1 Gerrit Cole G. Cole (R), 7 IP, 12 SO, 1 ER, W George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Carlos Correa C. Correa Tyler White T. White Josh Reddick J. Reddick Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado
10/5 vs CLE W 7-2 Justin Verlander J. Verlander (R), 5.1 IP, 7 SO, 2 ER, W George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Carlos Correa C. Correa Tyler White T. White Josh Reddick J. Reddick Martin Maldonado M. Maldonado
9/30 @ BAL L 0-4 Charlie Morton C. Morton (R), 3 IP, 4 SO, 0 ER, ND George Springer G. Springer Jose Altuve J. Altuve Alex Bregman A. Bregman Marwin Gonzalez M. Gonzalez Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Evan Gattis E. Gattis Josh Reddick J. Reddick Max Stassi M. Stassi Tony Kemp T. Kemp
9/29 @ BAL W 5-2 Dallas Keuchel D. Keuchel (L), 3 IP, 2 SO, 1 ER, ND Jose Altuve J. Altuve Myles Straw M. Straw Alex Bregman A. Bregman Yuli Gurriel Y. Gurriel Tyler White T. White Evan Gattis E. Gattis Brian McCann B. McCann Jake Marisnick J. Marisnick Kyle Tucker K. Tucker

2019 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.