What would the batting order look like with Springer hitting second?
Mar 8, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Valbuena (18) hits a RBI during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at a spring training baseball game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The lineup below is based on some of the recent lineups during spring games.
2nd – Jose Altuve
RF – George Springer
3rd – Luis Valbuena
DH – Evan Gattis
1st – Chris Carter
C – Jason Castro
LF – Colby Rasmus
SS – Jed Lowrie
CF – Jake Marisnick
I am not claiming that this will be the lineup come opening day, but Hinch stated during the Blogger’s Round Table that he wants to put a left-handed hitter between the right-handed sluggers. He was hoping that one of the left-handed hitters would stand out, and that is what Luis Valbuena has done this spring.
For the last few years, Jason Castro has been that left-handed presence in the three-hole. However, Castro is coming off of a down year where he hit just .222, so he is moved down in the order a little to the six spot.
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