Opening Day 2014: Houston Astros Season Outlook

Opening Day 2014: Houston Astros Season Outlook

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No one is expecting the Houston Astros to win everything this season in MLB but too many are thinking they will be horrible again as well. Chances are what you will see will be a mixture of the two. At times the Astros will play like a team who has it all going in the right direction and at times they will look like they did last year. Overall it should be better. What does that mean? It will mean no more 100-loss seasons.

Top 5 Hitters

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Top 5 Hitters

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1 – Jose Altuve: There is no reason to wonder why Altuve is the first of the Astros' young core to be signed to a contract buying out his arbitration years. He is their best and most consistent hitter.
2 – Jason Castro: Though Altuve is the best overall, Castro is right behind him and has the potential to step passed his second baseman this season if all goes well.
3 – Dexter Fowler
4 – Matt Dominguez
5 – Chris Carter

Top 5 Pitchers

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Top 5 Pitchers

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1 – Scott Feldman: Though he might not be considered the most lights-out starter for the Astros, Feldman is no. 1 here because of what he brings to the staff as a reliable veteran.
2 – Brett Oberholtzer
3 – Jarred Cosart
4 – Jesse Crain: He won't be with the team when Opening Day gets here but when Crain does arrive healthily back from his injury, he will probably be the best bullpen pitcher at that moment.
5 – Chad Qualls

Top 5 Newcomers

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Top 5 Newcomers

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1 – Dexter Fowler: When you talk about the ability to change the outcome of a game with your ability, Fowler is one that has that ability. Look for his career to take a step forward with the move to Houston.
2 – Scott Feldman
3 – Jesse Crain
4 – Chad Qualls: What Feldman brings to the starting rotation, Qualls should be able to bring to the bullpen. He is a reliable veteran and they certainly need that.
5 – Raul Valdes

Top 5 Rookies/Prospects

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Top 5 Rookies/Prospects

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1 – George Springer: He isn't their best prospect but he is the one with the most chance to make a big mark this season. Look for him to arrive just in time to give the team a boost in power.
2 – Carlos Correa: When it comes to looking like a future superstar, Correa might be stealing the spotlight a bit from the other top prospects in the Astros system. He looks to be great.
3 – Mark Appel
4 – Jon Singleton
5 – Lance McCullers

Overall Season Prediction

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Overall Season Prediction

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Though they are in what will probably prove to be one of the better divisions in MLB, the Astros are a team headed in the right direction. If all of the people in the front office and in the dugout can be patient and stay the course, no one will be sorry. This season should be a very strong sign that the team is making the right moves in all areas.

Final Record and Season Prediction: 70 – 92, Last in the A.L. West, No Postseason

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