We are nearing the end to the regular season, as Astros’ win total predictions have become a hot topic of discussion.
With a little more than a month to go, it’s time to make some predictions on how the Astros will end up so here we go. As the season comes closer to the end I wanted to take a look at final match ups this year and final records for starters.
Now some things you can’t control, like the bullpen or hitters not performing, but we will take best guesses going forward, starting with the top two starters, Zach Greinke and Lance McCullers Jr.
Zach Greinke (Projected 14-5 +/- 1)
With probable starts left against Texas, Oakland (two times), San Diego, and the Angels (two times) chances are Zach Greinke picks up at least three wins, one versus Texas, and 1-2 against the Angels, and 1-2 against Oakland. The Texas game should be a great start for him and a win with little fanfare, as Texas has gone into rebuilding mode and will probably be playing a lot of call ups.
Both Oakland games will be huge for the playoff hunt as we end the season with a three-game set versus Oakland and they are neck and neck currently, so I can see a split between those two outings.
The only question is, does Greinke get the loss or a no decision and I will lean on the side of the ND. I give one away against the Angels as a no decision, as our offense has been less than consistent the second half of the season and I can see a possible loss against San Diego, playing away against a team vying for a playoff spot in the NL west.
Lance McCullers Jr. (Projected 14-6 +/-1)
Lance McCullers Jr. rounds out this month versus the Royals and with the current steak for the Astros, I’m gonna give him a loss. I have no words, we should demolish them but they have just been a thorn in our side.
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With a potential season making start versus Oakland on the last game of the year I can easily see that going down to the ninth inning and McCullers getting a no decision on that game.
Lastly, I would love to see a win against Tampa but I’m playing it safe here and saying we will probably go 1-2 or 2-1 in that series and it all depends on hitting so giving him a loss is nothing against his pitching but more a question if we hit against their pitching.
Now let’s get to the wins, I easily see him sweeping Seattle and splitting with the Angels with a no decision the other game. Finally, I see him dealing against a scrappy Arizona team and getting the win, as they don’t really have the pitching matchups to pair with our starters.
I would love to be wrong and under estimate their win potential, especially with Bregman back and coming into the end of the season stretch. Bregman’s return could be the spark we need to swept the teams we should sweep and win two of three against the tougher teams and my predictions could be totally off, and I’m fine with that scenario. Correct me if I’m wrong, let me know your predictions.