Houston Astros: 2016 Expectations from the Climbing Tal’s Hill Crew

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Feb 22, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa (1) walks out of the batting cage at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa (1) walks out of the batting cage at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Many Figure the Astros to be Contenders in 2016, But the Win Total is Difficult to Predict…Here’s the Climbing Tal’s Hill Take:

Oct 2, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (14) looks on against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (14) looks on against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Around the country, many experts have the Astros hovering around 90 wins for the 2016 season. While most have different reasons for why the Astros will or will not be successful, it’s interesting to see how the win total has remained relatively similar throughout the different outlets.

From a fan’s perspective, most are hoping that Jose Altuve and Co. help the Astros eclipse the 90-win mark for the first time in over a decade. This would definitely be special, but in the end, the Astros 2016 season will be defined by postseason success. Let’s take a look at some record predictions from the Climbing Tal’s Hill Staff:

Eric Huysman: 96-66

Issa Cook: 91-71

Cody Poage: 90-72

Larry Manch: 93-69

Michael Knight: 94-68

Colin Gay: 90-72

Blake Permenter: 93-69

CTH AVERAGE: 92.43 Wins

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Based on these results, it’s pretty clear that Astros fans have high expectations for 2016. There are some reasons to be skeptical, but in general, there’s more reason for optimism. If the Astros get very productive and healthy seasons from Carlos Correa and George Springer along with an improved bullpen headlined by Giles, there’s no stopping this team from reaching Eric’s prediction of 96 wins in 2016.

Personally, I think the Astros will be much closer to 90 wins because of the tough April schedule. The later months are much easier on the Astros, but I believe that it could take the club a little bit to get going this year, unlike the start to 2015. We’ll see how plays out, but for now, let’s move to the next slide for the more juicy predictions.

Next: How Far Will Astros Advance?

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