All Things Astros and a whole lot more
BY CHIP BAILEY
Bo Porter has his opening day lineup. Unless the trend changes from recent seasons, it will be the first of many this year.
The important thing is that some of the changes and modifications coming this year would seem to be obvious. Timing should be the only question.
While some lineup positions may be more stable this season — for example, Fowler should handle leadoff most of the time as opposed to the 2013 revolving door (8 different players) — Porter may still find himself experimenting with platoons and younger replacements from Oklahoma City (we can always hope).
So, today’s exercise is to do some experimenting of our own. First, Bo’s lineup for Tuesday’s opener:
The last couple of Aprils have been busy for the Astros, primarily due to injuries. But elbow, back or freak injuries aside, this Astros’ roster and lineup will be due frequent updates — even upgrades — throughout the year.
For example, Houston plays 28 games in April and will hit the one-third point of the season on May 16. By that time this could be one lineup that Bo turns in when the Astros host the Rangers in mid-May.
And, by the end of May at least, Porter’s rotation may have evolved into: Cosart, Feldman, Oberholtzer, Keuchel, Michael Foltynewicz.
And, an optimistic approach might propose this lineup by the All Star break:
Of course, this is all speculation, though it’s not far-fetched, illogical, unreasonable wild imagination.