Houston Astros: Ranking the 2020 regular season opponents

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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We rank the nine teams the Houston Astros will face in the 2020 regular season.

This is going to be an unusual season in so many ways, not the least of which is the list of opponents Houston will face. We won’t be seeing the Red Sox, Rays or Indians (maybe soon-to-be Cleveland Spiders?) this season, nor will fans have the opportunity to watch the Astros find another way to own the Yankees. At least not until the postseason.

In this 60-game regular season, 40 of those games will be played against the other four AL West teams — the Rangers, A’s, Angels and Mariners. The remaining 20 games will be played against the NL West teams — the Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks.

Given that we only have nine regular season opponents, this provides a good opportunity to rank those opponents based on degree of difficulty. Some of these teams (one in particular) will be tough matchups, while others should be more smooth sailing. With such a short season, the Astros can ill afford to struggle against the bottom tier of teams.

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