The Houston Astros have won over 100 games in back-to-back seasons. They won the World Series title in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Houston lost in five games in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox last season.
The Astros were really tremendous a season ago, but Boston was that much better. The winner of that series was going to win the World Series anyways. Houston will be one of the favorites to win it all again this season.
They play in an average division and I don’t think the Oakland Athletics or the Seattle Mariners will be good this season. I think the Houston Astros will win the AL West going away. Another 100-win season isn’t out of the question for sure.
Alex Bregman will be the starting third baseman, Carlos Correa will be the starting shortstop, Jose Altuve will be the starting second baseman, and Yuli Gurriel will be the starting first baseman. This one of the best infielders in the MLB.
Michael Brantley will be the starting left fielder, George Springer will be the starting center fielder, and Josh Reddick will be the starting right fielder. Tyler White will be the designated hitter. Some of the key backups will be Aledmys Diaz, Tony Kemp, and Derek Fisher.
Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi will compete for the starting catcher job.
Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers Jr., Colin McHugh, and Wade Miley will be the starting pitchers. Josh James could also see some starts this season as well. Dallas Keuchel is still a free agent for now and Houston could very well bring him back.
Charlie Morton is not with them anymore and he is with the Tampa Bay Rays now. Morton was a big part of this team for the past couple of seasons.
The bullpen could be the biggest weakness for this Houston team heading into the 2019 season. Roberto Osuna will be the closer. Chris Devenski, Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly, Will Harris, Reymin Guduan, and Cionel Perez will be some of the key guys in this bullpen.
Manager A.J. Hinch will look to keep his players focused for another potential run to the World Series. The Houston Astros first spring training game will be on Saturday, February 23 against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Opening Day for Houston will be on Thursday, March 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. The Astros home opener will be on Friday, April 5 against the Oakland Athletics.