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Predicting the Astros’ Opening Day Lineup

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 14: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits the ball against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at The Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 14, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 14: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits the ball against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at The Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 14, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Robinson Chirinos #28 of the Houston Astros doubles for an rbi in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 28, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

7. Tyler White – DH

The remainder of the lineup will likely be right-handed heavy, which is why we see the next three players. White, in short, was a bit of a life saver for the Astros last season. He had an impressive 1.010 OPS against left-handed pitchers last season, which basically makes him a must start in the Opening Day lineup.

8. Robinson Chirinos – C

While he isn’t known his pitch framing, Chirinos is well-regarded as a hitter. In 2018, the long-time Rangers catcher posted a .760 OPS against left-handers, which isn’t bad. Max Stassi is also a right-handed hitter, but I have a feeling that the Astros would like to have Chirinos’ bat against the 2018 AL Cy Young winner for Opening Day.

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9. Jake Marisnick – CF

In this mock lineup, with Reddick being a left-handed hitter, it only makes sense to see Marisnick, a right-handed hitter, get the start on Opening Day in center field. While his 2018 season was largely forgettable, Marisnick does have a career .699 OPS against left-handed pitchers, which is better than his .623 OPS against right-handers. His potential at the plate with his power is tantalizing. If he can get on-base, then it does provide the top of the order with a speedy baserunner.

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