Jun 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro (15) catching against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, the consensus is that Astros manager A.J. Hinch will send out Jason Castro as the starting catcher and Chris Carter as the designated hitter. There’s plenty of variation as far as how the backup roles will play out, but to be perfectly honest the Astros have plenty of options at both spots.
In my opinion, if Carter and Castro have solid 2015 seasons, the Astros will be the winning team that a lot of people are expecting them to be this year. With consistent production from the middle of the lineup, combined with Jose Altuve, George Springer, Evan Gattis, and Jed Lowrie, the 2015 Astros lineup could be among the tops in the American League. This might also be able to help take some pressure from some younger hitters like Jonathan Singleton and Matt Dominguez, causing them to have improved seasons at the plate.