2019 Houston Astros Season Preview and Betting Picks
2019 Houston Astros
Owner – Jim Crane
General Manager – Jeff Luhnow
Manager – AJ Hinch
Stadium Venue: Minute Maid Park
Location: Houston, Texas
The Houston Astros are coming in off back-to-back American League West Division Championship and a World Series Crown back in 2017. They will be looking to make it three in a row, as far as the division is concerned but with any team that wins a World Series, the loss to free agency takes its toll and it will be interesting to see if this team can still compete with the losses they’ve taken this year.
The Astros retain one of the top lineups in baseball but there are so many questions that remain about this pitching staff? Let's jump in and take a closer look at the 2019 Houston Astros.
2019 Houston Astros Management
The Houston Astros will once again be managed by A.J. Hinch. Hinch is in his 5th season with the Astros, getting hired to take over the team back on September 29, 2014. Since taking over the team, Hinch has really groomed a young team into a championship caliber team and grown from within.
Since Hinch took over, the Astros have a 648-374 regular season record and have gone 18-14 in the postseason. Hinch will be looking to get the Astros back to the postseason this year for the 3rd straight year and 4th in 5 seasons.
2018 Houston Astros Recap
The Houston Astros entered the 2018 season with bullseyes on their backs. They were the defending World Series Champions and knew that teams would be gunning for them as they sat on top the league.
The Astros had a very strong season and won the 2018 American League West Division. They advanced through the first round of the postseason by sweeping the Cleveland Indians in the divisional series but then lost to the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox in 5-games.
Houston Astros Offseason Signings and Departures
The Houston Astros were busy trying to resign a majority of their pitching but there are still some unfinished business. They offered Dallas Keuchel an offer however he declined and has since remained unsigned.
They also lost Charlie Morton, who has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. Morton has been one of the top pitchers for the Houston but now makes his home in Tampa Bay. Let’s take a look at the major moves Houston made in the off-season.
- Feb 13, 2019 Gerrit Cole SP Signed
- Feb 5, 2019 Carlos Correa SS Signed
- Feb 3, 2019 Chris Devenski RP Signed
- Feb 1, 2019 Wade Miley SP Signed as Free Agent
- Jan 11, 2019 Collin McHugh SP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Ryan Pressly RP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Lance McCullers SP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Brad Peacock SP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Roberto Osuna SP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Will Harris RP Signed
- Jan 11, 2019 Jake Marisnick CF Signed
- Jan 6, 2019 Luis Santana 2B Traded From NY Mets for INF J.D. Davis in a five-player deal
- Dec 19, 2018 Michael Brantley LF Signed as Free Agent
- Dec 6, 2018 Robinson Chirinos C Signed as Free Agent
- Nov 30, 2018 Chris Herrmann C Not Offered Contract and Became Free Agent – Signed with Oakland A's
- Nov 16, 2018 Aledmys Diaz SS Traded From Toronto for RHP Trent Thornton
- Oct 31, 2018 Brian McCann C Declared Free Agency – Signed with Atlanta Braves
- Oct 29, 2018 Marwin Gonzalez SS Declared Free Agency – Signed with Minnesota Twins
- Oct 29, 2018 Martin Maldonado C Declared Free Agency – Signed with Kansas City Royals
- Oct 29, 2018 Charlie Morton SP Declared Free Agency – Signed with Tampa Bay Rays
- Oct 29, 2018 Dallas Keuchel SP Declared Free Agency – Has not signed with anyone
- Oct 29, 2018 Tony Sipp RP Declared Free Agency – Has not signed with anyone
- Oct 29, 2018 Evan Gattis C Declared Free Agency – Has not signed with anyone
2019 Houston Astros Projected Lineup
The Astros starting lineup will basically look very similar to what they have put at the plate for the past 2-3 years. George Springer will lead off and be followed by Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve.
The Astros are hoping that Carlos Correa will remain healthy this year and bat in the cleanup spot. If Correa can stay healthy and remain in the lineup, the Astros could potentially have one of the best lineups in baseball.
- George Springer – OF
- Alex Bregman – 3B
- Jose Altuve – 2B
- Carlos Correa – SS
- Michael Brantley – OF
- Yuli Gurriel – 1B
- Tyler White – DH
- Josh Reddick – OF
- Robinson Chirinos – C
2019 Houston Astros Pitching Staff
There is no question that the Houston Astros Pitching and starting rotation have taken major steps backward. As we mentioned earlier, the Astros will be without Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton. Not only did they lose two good pitchers but one of the pitchers they replaced them with, Wade Miley, is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. If Miley doesn’t turn his career around and #5 starter Josh James doesn’t pan out to be the pitcher they hope, this team could seriously be in jeopardy of a major decline.
- Justin Verlander
- Gerrit Cole
- Collin McHugh
- Wade Miley
- Josh James
2019 Houston Astros Outlook and Betting Preview
The Houston Astros are one of the few teams that really leave me with some unanswered questions. Will the pitching staff be able to hold up to the point that they can be competitive? Will the offensive lineup be strong enough to withstand the low points of the pitching staff if the pitching can't limit runs scored?
My short answer is I don't think they will be able to be the same team that we've seen the past few years. Losing Morton and Keuchel is going to be a tough notch to overcome. Teams don't lose two pitchers from the starting rotation and replace them with two unproven threats with success.
When you look at the odds here for the Houston Astros, we find that they are getting a lot of attention. Our friends over at MyBookie have made the Houston Astros the favorites in the American League, along with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. They are +600 to win the World Series and the overall favorite this year to win the American League Pennant at +280.
In my opinion, the Astros just aren't on the same level this year with the Red Sox or the Yankees, and to be completely honest with you, I don't think they are even in the top 5 teams in the American League.
Be sure you check out the 2019 MLB Season Preview and Betting Guide to see more team previews and an overall outline on the 2019 MLB Season.