What matters for the Astros in 2019

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Boston Red Sox 7-2 in Game One of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 29: Myles Straw #26, Kyle Tucker #3, and Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros celebrate after the Astros defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 during Game Two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 29, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

The upcoming 2019 season is an important one for the Astros as the club aims for another World Series run.

Although the Astros fell short of their collective goal in 2018, the 2019 iteration is prime for another round of postseason glory. Sure, there are some notable departures to account for, but the overall talent on this roster is still one of the deepest in baseball. The AL West likely runs through Houston for at least one more season, especially in light of the Mariners’ recent rebuilding effort. The A’s remain as the Astros toughest competition in the division, but the Angels and Rangers should also improve.

There are multiple players on the Astros right now who will impact the club’s immediate future in 2019 along with its long-term direction starting in 2020. Let’s break down who I figure holds the most influence going forward.

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