Astros Season Preview: Predicting the Infield and DH

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Mar 24, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Houston Astros third baseman

Luis Valbuena

(18) singles off New York Mets starting pitcher

Dillon Gee

(not pictured) at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to opening day 2015 Astros fans! At the time of publishing, we should be two hours away from Dallas Keuchel‘s first pitch versus the Cleveland Indians. Astros fans have something to be excited about again, with a major league lineup that should actually compete. At the beginning of the 2014 season, the Astros lineup was one of the worst starting nine in the history of the organization. The only stars were Altuve, Castro, and maybe Fowler.

By the end of the season Carter emerged from the shadows, a “Prince” emerged with Springer’s debut, and a dynamic pitching duo of McHugh and Keuchel raised the bar for Astros pitching.

With the start of the season tonight, the Astros new lineup will be tested right away versus reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. While I can’t predict what tonight’s score would be, I can give a preview for what the Astros hitters could do in 2015. This post will look at the infielders and designated hitters predictions for 2015.

Check out my Outfield Projections here.

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