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Houston Astros: 16 positives from the year of 2016

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Sep 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the calendar shifts to 2017, we take a look at 16 positives from the 2016 Houston Astros season.

Sep 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Now that the new year has begun, it’s time for Houston Astros fans to get excited about the 2017 season. Many fans would see 2016 as a disappointment or a step back from the progress of 2015. The Stros made a big leap in 2015 due to career years from Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus, Dallas Keuchel, and Collin McHugh.

These players took a step back in 2016, but Keuchel and McHugh should bounce back. There were several additions this offseason, which should give them an extra push for the World Series in 2017. Despite the 84-78 record in 2016, there were many positives on the season. Sometimes, to grow, you have to struggle a little to get better.

We recently had Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Talking Stros, and he was excited about the 2017 season. He will have many ways to fill out the lineup card and has many options for the rotation. Let’s take a look back at 16 positives from the 2016 season. We may have missed a few things, but we wanted to stick to 16 positives.

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