The Houston Astros have won the AL West two years in a row. Let’s take a look at why they’ll win it for a third consecutive time in 2019.
Ladies and gentlemen, we made it. Baseball is officially back. Catchers and pitchers report TODAY, February 13th and will go through their first work out tomorrow, the 14th. This will be a vital time as the Houston Astros pitchers will have to rely on Max Stassi and Robinson Chirinos as their catchers this season.
The position players will report just a few days later on February 17th and go through their first workout the following day on the 18th. These early-stage workouts will be extremely important for guys like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa looking to show that they are fully healthy and ready to go for the 2019 season.
Spring Training, at times, can feel extremely inconsequential while the results of these exhibition games rarely paint a true picture of what will transpire in the regular season. However, there are things to glean from Spring Training.
One of the things that will come to light this Spring Training is that the Houston Astros should be able to win the AL West Divisional crown pretty handily. After running away with the division in 2017, the Astros had to battle through September to ensure the 2018 division championship.
Now, of course, nothing is guaranteed in baseball as it can be one of the most streaky, unpredictable sports. Regardless, the Astros should be able to walk away from Spring Training feeling more than comfortable about their chances of winning their third consecutive AL West title. Let’s take a look as to why.