Houston Astros Spring Training Battles: 4th/5th Starters

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Who will round out the Houston Astros’ rotation?

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Yesterday, we examined the Houston Astros’ situation at first base. Only a few hours before the article was published, the Astros announced that hernia surgery would keep DH Evan Gattis out from four to six weeks. Spring Training playing time and organizational depth was quite literally impacted overnight.

Today, we take a look at the wide array of pitchers battling for the 4th and 5th starter spots. Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, and Mike Fiers have cemented themselves as a formidable 1-2-3. However, with Lance McCullers‘ innings limit, Scott Feldman’s health, and Doug Fister‘s uncertainty, the last two starter spots are a bit of a question mark. And that’s excluding any upstart pitchers from the minors.

Let’s start with the pitcher everyone wants.

Next: Lance McCullers