Predicting the Astros’ Opening Day Lineup
By Cody Poage
The Astros open their season in Tampa exactly one week from today, which means it is time to discuss how the team will look on Opening Day. In this instance, let’s concentrate on the lineup.
There is a lot to like about the Astros in 2019. For one, the pitching staff should remain among the best in the game, although there were some notable departures from the rotation in the offseason. But pitching is only part of the game; teams also need players to hit. Preferably, you want plenty of quality hitters instead of weak ones. Oh, I see the 2005 Astros are waving at me.
The 2019 version of the Astros look to have one of the better lineups on paper. Of course, it all hinges on whether certain players bounce back (See: Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick), if others take another step forward (See: Tony Kemp, Tyler White), the new additions help like we hope (See: Michael Brantley, Robinson Chirinos), and if others can come close to replicating their best (See: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman).
Now, let’s take a swing at who’ll be in the Astros’ Opening Day lineup one week from now.