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

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Houston Astros, Chas McCormick
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Chas McCormick/Jake Meyers/Jose Siri, Center Field

With the injury to Jake Meyers, the Astros center field position is more unstable than we imagined, but it seems like whoever trots out there is destined for this spot in the lineup, at least to begin the season.

Chas McCormick saw at-bats at all nine positions in the lineup but mostly at seventh, where he hit .264. Myers struggled in the seven-hole (.214/.261/.262) while thriving in the eighth, slashing .293/.361/.480.

Siri had minimal plate appearances, but also performed better as the eighth place batter than when batting seventh. All have tiny sample sizes, so the numbers don’t mean a whole lot at this juncture, but given who’s ahead of them, there’s nowhere to go but down in this lineup. It’s also not out of the question that the Astros shop for a veteran center fielder.