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With two World Series berths and three 100-win seasons in the last three years this has been the greatest era in the history of the Houston Astros since their berth as the Colt 45’s in 1962. However, the glory may be over, as key components of that success are gone due to the cheating scandal the blew up over the winter and has put the Astros franchise in peril. Manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired on January 13 for their roles in the controversy. Veteran manager Dusty Baker will take command of the dugout and a roster that is still highly capable. The big question is if the Astros players can put the scandal behind them and continue their dominance.
Dusty Baker was a two-time All-Star player that had a career which spanned from 1968 through 1986. Baker was NLCS MVP in 1977 and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. As a manager Baker has led the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and now the Astros. Baker has won three NL Manager of the Year Awards and has a career winning percentage of .532. He led the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the National League pennant. Overall, he has led nine different teams to the post season.
Baker takes over a team that had among the strongest metrics in the game. Houston ranked third for runs scored, first for batting average and OPS, third for home runs, 17th for stolen bases, second for earned run average and WHIP, first for strikeouts and quality starts, fourth for fielding and third for bullpen.
Houston Astros at a Glance
Manager: Dusty Baker
Home Stadium: Minute Maid Park
World Series Championships: 1 ( Last, 2017 )
League Pennants: 2 ( Last, 2019 )
Division Titles: 7 ( Last, 2019 )
Current Odds to Win World Series: +845
Current Odds to Win American League Pennant: +410
2020 Season Preview
The Astros will begin the season with Major League Baseball’s third highest payroll. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander is the highest paid Astro followed by second baseman Jose Altuve and starting pitcher Zach Greinke.
Right hand starter Justin Verlander is again expected to head the Astros rotation as number one ace. Verlander is 36 years old and has aged like the finest of wines. Last year he was 21-6 with a 2.58 earned run average, 0.80 WHIP and posted 300 strikeouts in 223 innings of work. Verlander now has 225 wins for his career that began with the Detroit Tigers in 2005. Last year he won his second American League Cy Young Award and was named an AL All-Star for the eighth time in his career.
Zack Greinke is another right-hand starter that has helped make Houston’s rotation elite. Last year he was 18-5 with a 2.93 earned run average, 0.98 WHIP, with 187 strikeouts in 208.2 innings of work as he split time between Arizona and the Astros. Greinke has made the All-Star game five times including the last three straight seasons.
Closer Roberto Osuna posted 38 saves, the second best of his career. He was 4-3 with a 2.63 earned run average. Osuna was a 2017 All-Star that posted 73 strikeouts in 65 innings of work.
Third baseman Alex Bregman is the kingpin of the Astros lineup and is coming off a career year in which he hit .296 with a .592 slugging percentage and a 1.015 OPS. Bregman scored 122 runs with 37 doubles, 41 home runs, with 112 runs batted in. Bregman was a 2018 All-Star MVP and has played in the last two All-Star Games. For his 2019 efforts he was named as an AL Silver Slugger Award winner.
Right fielder George Springer is also coming off a great year that included 39 home runs with 96 runs and 92 runs batted in. He hit .292 with a .591 slugging percentage and a .974 OPS.
2020 Houston Astros Schedule
March 26-29: Los Angeles Angels
March 30-April 1: at Oakland Athletics
April 3-5: at Los Angeles Angels
April 7-8: New York Mets
April 10-12: at Texas Rangers
April 13-15: at Tampa Bay Rays
April 17-19: Los Angeles Angels
April 20-23: Tampa Bay Rays
April 24-26: Oakland Athletics
April 28-29: at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 30-May 3: at Seattle Mariners
May 4-6: at Kansas City Royals
May 7-10: Seattle Mariners
May 11-13: Kansas City Royals
May 15-17: New York Yankees
May 18-20: at Toronto Blue Jays
May 22-24: at Boston Red Sox
May 25-28: Oakland Athletics
May 29-31: Boston Red Sox
June 2-3: at New York Mets
June 5-7: at Baltimore Orioles
June 9-11: Texas Rangers
June 12-13: Chicago White Sox
June 16-17: at Seattle Mariners
June 19-21: at Oakland Athletics
June 22-24: Minnesota Twins
June 26-28: Texas Rangers
June 29-July 2: at Cleveland Indians
July 3-5: at Washington Nationals
July 7-9: Philadelphia Phillies
July 10-12: Detroit Tigers
July 17-19: at Oakland Athletics
July 20-23: at Texas Rangers
July 24-26: Cleveland Indians
July 27-29: Oakland Athletics
July 1-August 2: at Minnesota Twins
August 4-5: Arizona Diamondbacks
August 6-9: Sat Seattle Mariners
August 13-16: at Los Angeles Angels
August 17-19: Seattle Mariners
August 21-23: Texas Rangers
August 24-27: at Detroit Tigers
August 28-30: at Chicago White Sox
September 1-3: Miami Marlins
September 4-6: Seattle Mariners
September 7-9: at Los Angeles Angels
September 11-13: at Texas Rangers
September 14-15: Los Angeles Angels
September 17-20: Baltimore Orioles
September 21-24: at New York Yankees
September 25-27: at Atlanta Braves
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