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2019 Lineup Speculation

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by Stros4me, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Stros4me

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    Post your speculative roster here.

    I'm going to start with just offense:

    CF Springer
    3B Bregman
    2B Altuve
    1B Goldschmidt (no Cruz)/Gurriel/White
    DH Cruz (No Goldschmidt)/Gurriel/White
    SS Correa
    C Realmuto or Grandal or Ramos
    LF Kemp or White/Gurriel
    RF Reddick


    BN: Marisnick, White/Gurriel, Diaz, Stassi

    1st to be called up BN: Tucker, Straw, Davis, Stubbs, Herrmann

    I'm already struggling with the idea of not having 13 offensive slots for the regular season. For the bench--a catcher, Diaz and Marisnick are already guaranteed a spot if healthy. That gives us 3 defensive replacements, with one above average bat. We could really use a player like Cruz or Goldschmidt in this lineup, but acquiring one of them almost demands that we trade someone, or that we carry 13 offensive players.
     
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  2. Snake Diggit

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    This is like my favorite game ever and (probably to the annoyance of some people on this site) it never gets old to me.

    CF Springer
    3B Bregman
    2B Altuve
    SS Correa
    C Grandal
    1B Gurriel
    RF Reddick
    DH White
    LF Kemp
    Bench: Diaz, Stassi, Marisnick

    This is the “most likely” opening day lineup (with Kemp keeping LF warm for Tucker). The only thing I am certain of is that they will add a catcher, and I am fairly confident it will be one of (in order of likelihood) Grandal, Ramos, Realmuto, Gomes, or Maldonado. I do think Houston will be involved with many different bats; they’ve already been linked to Cruz, Goldschmidt, Brantley, and others. But until they trade Kyle Tucker, I just don’t see a roster spot open now that Diaz has been added.
     
  3. Stros4me

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    I agree with your comments. However, I think we may push hard for a 1 year bat like Cruz or Goldschmidt. After last year’s experiment, Tucker may need a lot of time to get MLB ready.
     
  4. rockets1995

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    J.T. Realmuto is a very expensive Trade Piece. Jeter will ask for Whitley, Tucker, Alvarez, Luhnow will hang up on Jeter.
    Astros could get Wilson Ramos as a Free Agent, he's a upgrade and can speak Spanish to our younger pitchers
    Ramos is an excellent defender, he can block balls in the dirt and throw out runners.
     
  5. rockets1995

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    The Astros need to aggressive in Free Agency than in trades.
    Patrick Corbin
    A.J. Pollock
    Michael Brantley
    Wilson Ramos

    Josh Reddick needs to be traded sadly if Astros add bats in FA, his .220 avg is not helping, His Defense is Solid in Right

    In a Trade Paul Goldshmidt is 31 years old, the Astros can't overpay in Prospects

    Need 2 Lefty Power Pitchers in the Bullpen.
     
  6. Stros4me

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    Reddick had a down year at the plate. No need to hit the panic button. We don’t have the room for 2 lefty relievers.

    I’m interested to see what moves we make on offense, aside from the obvious catcher filler.
     
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  7. Buck Turgidson

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    Wonderful conversation to have in February.
     
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  8. Mr.Pringles

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    1. Ramos
    2. Goldschmidt
    3. Altuve
    4. Bregman
    5. Correa
    6. Springer
    7. Pollock
    8. Reddick
    9. Stassi
    10. Gurriel
    11. Diaz
    12. Marisnick/Kemp/Tucker/Straw
    13. Marisnick/Kemp/Tucker/Straw

    14. Verlander
    15. Cole
    16. Morton
    17. Whitley
    18. McHugh/James/Peacock
    19. Osuna
    20. Devenski
    21. Rondon
    22. Pressly
    23. McHugh/James/Peacock
    24. McHugh/James/Peacock
    25. J. Smith/C. Perez/ETC
     
  9. torque

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    My guess for kicks:

    Depth Chart:
    C Ramos / Herrmann
    1B Goldschmidt / Gurriel
    2B Altuve / Diaz
    3B Bregman / Gurriel
    SS Correa / Diaz
    LF Tucker / Kemp
    CF Springer / Marisnick
    RF Reddick / Marisnick
    DH White

    Lineup:
    1. Springer
    2. Altuve
    3. Bregman
    4. Goldschmidt
    5. Correa
    6. White
    7. Tucker
    8. Ramos
    9. Reddick

    Starting Rotation:
    1. Verlander
    2. Cole
    3. Greinke
    4. Morton
    5. James

    Bullpen:
    1. Osuna
    2. Pressly
    3. McHugh
    4. Rondon
    5. Peacock
    6. Smith
    7. Valdez

    I think that's a stacked lineup and a pitching staff that can rival last year's, especially with full years from Osuna and Pressly. Assuming the Dbacks take on a chunk of Greinke's salary, this roster is within budget limits as well.
     
  10. Stros4me

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    I like it. The only discrepancy I have is that McHugh has already been told he will be a starter again. Slide James to the pen, and I could see this happening.
     
  11. Redfish81

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    I think James would likely be gone if the Astros pull off a trade for Greinke and Goldschmidt
     
  12. Nook

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    The last I heard McHugh was told he “might” be in the rotation.
     
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    I’ll bite:

    Springer
    Bregman
    Altuve
    Goldschmidt
    Correa
    Reddick
    White
    Perez
    Kemp

    BN: Yuli, Diaz, Marisnick, Stassi

    SP: JV, Cole, DK, McHugh, Framber
    Bullpen: Osuna, Pressley, Rondon, Harris, Smith, Devo, AAA battle royale for final spot

    Perez for Martin, Cionel Perez, Reed, flyer
    Goldy for JB, James

    Tucker starts year in AAA
     
  14. Snake Diggit

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    13 position players? No Peacock?? You think they bring back Keuchel???
     
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    Forgot about Brad. Slot him in over the AAA battle royale, though I think Spring Training will be telling. I think a good amount of “regulars” will have to fight for a roster spot, a la Devo, Rondon, Smith. Could see us signing some relievers to push the competition as well, though nothing substantial.

    I think DK comes home for 4y/85m with incentives to push it to 95-100m.
     
  16. Stros4me

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    Keuchel’s gone. If he wanted to sign that cheaply, he would have already done it.
     
  17. awc713

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    Or he’s hoping/waiting for an offer that won’t materialize. I think he has more value to HOU than other teams. I guess we’ll see what his value is on the market. I don’t see him getting 5y or 100m guaranteed, but we shall see.
     
  18. sealclubber1016

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    Give me one good piece of evidence why Peacock should even be considered not making the team. He's been awesome. It's not his fault the team had him in purgatory.

    Valdez is the one that needs to prove himself.
     
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    What? I’m not saying he shouldn’t make the team. I just forgot to add him in...and then added him when I saw I missed him
     
  20. Stros4me

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    Update:

    CF Springer
    LF Brantley
    3B Bregman
    2B Altuve
    SS Correa
    1B Gurriel
    DH White
    RF Reddick
    C Chirinos

    BN: Kemp, Diaz, Stassi

    1st to be called up BN: Tucker, Straw, Stubbs, Marisnick
     
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