Mar 16, 2015; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, the Astros seem to be an improved team on paper. What record would this team produce? That is yet to be decided. Is it possible for the Astros to finish at .500 for the season? Yes, but there are still many doubters out there. Last night I received the ESPN the magazine MLB preview issue. They do have the Astros as an improved team, but they are still slated to finish last in the American League West. ESPN projects them to increase their win total by six games, 70 to 76 wins.
This would not put them at an even 81-81 record. I still project the Astros to finish even, but they have to beat a lot of good teams to do that. They don’t seem to have holes on their team, with depth on the roster. If someone gets hurt, there will be a replacement on the team or in the minors.
Overall I will give them a B grade, which is not good enough to have a winning record.
Buckle up boys and girls, the 2015 season will be a roller coaster ride of improvement. I can’t wait for opening day, I have my tickets. Do you?
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