Astros Opening Day Lineup if Jeremy Pena Jumps to the Major Leagues

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Houston Astros, Yuli Gurriel
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Yuli Gurriel, First Base

The American League batting champ batting sixth? That tells you all you need to know about this Astros lineup. Yuli Gurriel spent the majority of last season in the three, four and five spots and while he thrived average-wise in the clean up spot (.398) his lack of power (one home run in 98 at-bats) is not optimal.

Projections for next season foresee a precipitous drop off and Gurriel regressing to the mean offensively. That remains to be seen, but you would think there’d be at least some regression for Gurriel who will turn 38-years-old in June.