Jul 12, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) looks on in the dugout during the third inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
How We’ll Go From Here
I went with 13 hitters and 12 pitchers for this 25-man roster. The offense now looks stacked when completely healthy. It was tough finding spots in the lineup for everyone. I tried finding ways to get Lind and Lowrie higher in the lineup but simply couldn’t justify it. 1-9 that lineup is good to go for the playoffs.
The rotation could be switched up based on how the Astros choose to handle McCullers. I figure once we hit September and the roster expand, then we’ll see Brett Oberholtzer potentially in the rotation instead of McCullers. That’s when I expect McCullers to either be completely shutdown or sent to the pen.
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Speaking of the bullpen, how great does it look now? I put Feldman in the pen for now but the Astros could just go with a 6-man rotation if they’d like. Velasquez was sent to the minors. There’s currently only one lefty in the pen (which I think is fine for now, but Astros could call up Kevin Chapman if necessary). Neshek moves to the 7th inning and Gregerson to the 8th inning to let Chapman close. Lots of different styles between the three.
In order to make room with all the trades, the Astros DFA’d both Joe Thatcher and Roberto Hernandez. I also believe the Astros could trade Chad Qualls, L.J. Hoes, and Alex Presley for C prospects/cash, otherwise they’ll be sent down or DFA’d. Jason Castro will also be dealt in a smaller package than Carter, but should bring back a C prospect or two.
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