After a dreadful season last year, the new-look Houston Astros are starting fresh with an optimistic manager, young talent and flashy uniforms.
When the Astros finished the season last year with only 55 wins, there was only one thing on their mind: Change.
General Manager Jeff Luhnow’s Astros switched from the NL Central to the AL West and traded veteran infielder Jed Lowrie to make Houston the youngest team in the Major Leagues.
Manager Bo Porter has accepted the role of rebuilding this young Astros team and has the team working hard in Kissimmee, Fla.. He is emphasizing the fundamentals, just as every coach should.
“If we’re going to get beat, we’ll get beat because the other team is just better than just that day.” Porter said to an MLB reporter, “You don’t want to beat yourself.”
Infielder Jose Altuve, outfielder Justin Maxwell and designated hitter Carlos Pena look to be the backbone of Houston’s run production this year. As for pitching, Lucas Harrell, Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles will most likely take starting roles come opening day.
As always, fans will come out to support their Houston Astros. After all, there is a new manager and plenty of new apparel to purchase. However, Houston’s optimism will quickly disappear if these Astros can’t positively respond to their season, or lack there of, last year.