Now, Keuchel and McHugh are the hottest Astros’ pitchers, Saturday’s crazy game notwithstanding.
Six weeks ago, if someone had told you the Astros would be hitting .213 as a team with an OBP of .286, you’d probably have not believed them. But it’s true, and, in fact, only one player (Jose Altuve) has a respectable batting average (.289). Morever, his BA is higher than five players’ OBP.
So, as it’s obviously clear the Astros’ roster will undergo more changes along the way, I thought it might be fun, interesting and even therapeutic to experiment with what the Astros’ lineup and rotation could — perhaps even should — look like by the end of the summer.
The only rule is that you must use players within the organization. No hypothetical trades or other acquisitions. Here goes.
- Altuve, 2B.
- Dexter Fowler, CF.
- Jason Castro, DH.
- George Springer, RF.
- Jonathan Singleton, 1B.
- Matt Dominquez, 3B.
- Max Stassi, C.
- Austin Wates or Domingo Santana, LF.
- Jonathan Villar, SS.
And, your rotation:
If the Astros have any luck this season, both Asher Wojciechowski and Alex White should also be a factor before the summer is over. Both could start in the bullpen, depending on their progress and the timing of their returns. But they could also push McHugh back to OKC and somewhat block Folty from moving up.
Regardless, this roster juggling should be enough to provide some light to the end of the tunnel.