Dexter Fowler (David Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

Astros Game One Lineup


This is it. Baseball is back. Nolan Ryan will be getting the 2014 Houston Astros season started ceremonially, and then Scott Feldman will get the season started for real.

As opposed to last season when constant flux was in order regarding the Astros’ lineup, this season there will be a little more consistency. Aside from the platoon in right field, the starting nine appear to be pretty clear for Bo Porter in 2014. Well at least to start the season.

Porter took everyone by surprise a few days ago by announcing that Robbie Grossman would be batting second this season with Jose Altuve being moved down in the order. With left-hander C.C. Sabathia taking the hill for the New York Yankees, we will see one of Porter’s two initial lineups for this season.

Even though the season does not begin until Tuesday, Porter revealed his lineup on Sunday afternoon.

1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. Robbie Grossman LF
3. Jose Altuve 2B
4. Jason Castro C
5. Jesus Guzman 1B
6. Chris Carter DH
7. Matt Dominguez 3B
8. L.J. Hoes RF
9. Jonathan Villar SS

At this point, the lineup is what it is. That doesn’t mean we have to be happy with every move that was, or wasn’t made this off-season. It just means that baseball is back, and there are actual games to watch, or follow online or through the radio thanks to Comcast.

But regardless, the results matter.

For better or worse.

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