Houston’s Lineup With Hall

I apologize for the delay in getting this article out but with Christmas, family time, and the proverbial drinking that goes along with the first two, I simply haven’t had time….

The newest Astro, Bill Hall, is also probably the biggest offseason acquisition the team will make. Hall is slated as the everyday second baseman but as long as Keppinger is on the team, I’d expect Hall to see ample time at third base and left field as well.

L Bourn
L Castro
R Pence
R Lee
R Johnson
L Wallace
R Hall
R Barmes

The biggest question is whether Castro can draw enough walks and hit enough to stay in the #2 slot. It would be nice to sandwich the middle of the order with left-handed bats.

Compared with the 2010 lineup, this one looks like Murderer’s Row. Other than Bourn and Castro up top, every player has a chance of hitting 20 homeruns.
Last year, shortstop and second base were enormous holes when looking for power. However, regular second baseman Jeff Keppinger led the team in AVG (.291) and OBP (.351). Replacing Kep with a guy owning career values in these two categories of .250 and .297 may make the power increase inconsequential.

Also, if Castro can’t reach base often enough, the Astros will need a new #2 hitter and Keppinger filled that role extremely well in 2010.

Despite the possible hole at the #2 spot and the lack of left-handed hitters on the 25-man roster, Houston should inevitably score more runs. And with what should be an above-average rotation, that should mean a good competition in the NL Central. The disconcerting part? I had to use the word ‘should’ 3 times.

Topics: Bill Hall, Houston Astros Lineup, Jason Castro

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  • mcclains gotta go

    ITS ANOTHER LETS ROLL THE DICE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS LINEUP. ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2005 OR LONGER OUR BELOVED OWNER HAS BEEN PLAYING THIS GAME (MAYBE WE WE’LL GET LUCKY LIKE 2005). NEVER OUT OF THE GATE WITH A FAST START, ALWAYS HAVING TO COME FROM INFINITY BACK TO FIRST BECAUSE HE WON’T SPEND MONEY ON DECENT FREE AGENTS. MAKES MORE MONEY THAN THE YANKEES OWNERS. SELL THE TEAM AND PICK OUT YOUR RETIREMENT HOME IN WACO.

  • Evan

    Sorry for the delay in my response but I appreciate the comment, ‘mcclains gotta go’. Hopefully they’ll spend for a left-handed reliever yet this offseason.