Predicting the Astros’ Opening Day Lineup
By Cody Poage
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.
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.