Houston Astros 2020 Spring Training Preview

The Houston Astros are heading into the 2020 season for the wrong reasons. Not only did they lose in Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals last season, but Houston was also caught cheating for stealing signs during the 2017 World Series Title run against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Because of it, manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were fired. Dusty Baker will be the next manager for this ball club. You know teams make it to the playoffs with Baker at the helm.

The problem is that they usually win the World Series or get past the first round for that matter. Baker would love to win a World Series Title with this bunch and a lot of players on Houston believe they will go all the way this season.

Third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve are two of those players that believe they will go all the way this season. A lot of pitchers would love to peg them this season because of the whole cheating scandal thing with buzzers, trash cans, and a lot of things going on.

It will be really interesting to see what happens with they play the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians. New York fans have been crying over sour milk about this for a while now. Are some of the other fan bases still crying sour milk to or are they over it? The Los Angeles Dodgers wished they could have both the 2017 and 2018 World Series Titles, but in reality, it can not happen.

The projected lineup for the Houston Astros this season will be 1. (OF) George Springer 2. (2B) Jose Altuve 3. (OF) Michael Brantley 4. (3B) Alex Bregman 5. (1B) Yuli Gurriel 6. (DH) Yordan Alvarez 7. (SS) Carlos Correa, 8. (OF) Josh Reddick, and 9. (C) Martin Maldonado.

Some of the key backups on this roster will be: (C) Dustin Garneau, (C) Garrett Stubbs, (IF) Aledmys Diaz, (IF) Abraham Toro, (OF) Myles Straw, and (OF) Kyle Tucker.

The starting rotation will be 1. Justin Verlander 2. Zack Greinke 3. Lance McCullers 4. Jose Urquidi 5. Brad Peacock.

Gerrit Cole left for the New York Yankees in free agency after Cole pitched with the Houston Astros the last two seasons. Gerrit Cole was one of the finalists to win the American League CY Young Award last season, but his teammate Justin Verlander won the award.

Prospect right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley could be up at some point this season.

Roberto Osuna will most likely be the closer this season for Houston. Their bullpen isn’t particularly and we will see what happens with it this season.

The Astros and the Nationals share the same spring training facility at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Houston will be the home team in a matchup that is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.

Pitchers and catchers have to report on Tuesday, February 11 and everyone has to report on Sunday, February 16.

The Houston Astros will begin the season at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for a four-game set starting on Thursday, March 26 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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