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Houston Astros: 3 Bold Predictions for the 2016 Season

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Oct 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) hits a double against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in game three of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) hits a double against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning in game three of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Astros won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Houston Astros: Most formal pre-season sports predictions are lame.

Oct 14, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Gattis (11) takes batting practice before game five of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Gattis (11) takes batting practice before game five of the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

You, a grizzled veteran of online and traditional sports commentary, know this. In these columns, some moderately informed analyst takes the conventional wisdom and organizes it neatly, then claims the aggregation of these truths speaks to his own perception. When he’s wrong — as most predictions are — he either ducks accountability by never referencing his predictions again or claims that everyone felt this way, calling into question what the purpose of his writing was in the first place.

The predictions in this piece will not support the conventional wisdom. That said, they are also not shock value predictions. I believe them, and will lay out my case for each. They are simply areas where my own insight into the Astros leads me to a fairly unique conclusion. Some are optimistic, others are pessimistic.

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