Houston Astros: Predicting The Starting Rotation
Predicting The Houston Astros' Starting Rotation
The Houston Astros had their troubles on the mound in 2012. That is no secret. The Astros traded away two of their five starting pitchers last season. Those two being Wandy Rodriguez and JA Happ. Another starter, Kyle Weiland, was hurt early in the year and never returned. Still not sure when Weiland will be healthy and ready to pitch again. However, the Astros have picked up three key starters this offseason. Eric Bedard, Philip Humber and Alex White will all be battling it out for a starting role, as well as others including Jordan Lyles, Dallas Keuchel and maybe even Jarred Cosart. It is never too early for predictions. Right?
The Astros only have two locks for their starting rotation right now. Those players are Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris. There are a lot of holes to fill this spring. The rest of the rotation is a toss up. A lot of the decision making will be based on how these players perform in Spring Training. But, I’m pretty sure I have an idea of who will be in the rotation come Opening Night.
With that said, a lot of thinking, research and time has gone into this slideshow. Without any games being played in Spring Training yet, this is all speculation. Mainly it is based on who has been impressing the manager, what the Spring Training rotation looks like and so on. Keep in mind anything can happen. Trades, injuries and releases. This isn’t set in stone. But hopefully when I am done, you can pencil these 5 guys into the Astros starting rotation. Sixty percent of the time, I am right, every time.
5th Starter: Eric Bedard
Eric Bedard was most recently a starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bedard will need to impress this Spring because he is in a competition for this role. I do believe Eric Bedard will be the Astros fifth starter this season. Book it.
4th Starter: Alex White
Alex White is a young starting pitcher who the Astros acquired from the Colorado Rockies. According to manager Bo Porter, he is really impressed by White. Look for White to be the fourth starter in the Astros rotation.
3rd Starter: Jordan Lyles
Contrary to popular belief, Jordan Lyles' spot in the starting rotation is safe. Look for Lyles to be the Astros third starter in 2013.
2nd Starter: Bud Norris
Last season Bud Norris was outstanding at Minute Maid Park. On the road, not so much. That is a sign of immaturity. Look for Bud Norris to bounce back for the Astros and settle into the number two role as a starting pitcher.
Opening Night Starter: Lucas Harrell
Lucas Harrell had a breakout season in 2012. Harrell was easily the Astros most consistent pitcher. He is basically a lock to be the Opening Night starter in 2013.