MLB 2013 Preview Houston Astros

By changing to Tthe American League this year, the Astros traded strategy for a designated hitter. Photo: AP

LOS ANGELES, March 1, 2013 — The Houston Astros said goodbye to the National League after the 2012 season, as they will join the American League this year. In doing so, they traded strategy for a designated hitter, as well as going from a somewhat weak division in the National League Central to one of the best in baseball in the American League West.

They will have their work cut out for them, but at least a new state of Texas rivalry will be born with the Texas Rangers. Although, I suspect that rivalry will be pretty lopsided for the foreseeable future.

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The Astros compiled the worst record in the Major Leagues for the second year in row in 2012 with a 55-107 record, one less win than they had in 2011. Things won’t get much better for them on their maiden voyage in the American League West as they are in full blown rebuilding mode.

Houston Astros


Projected 2013 Payroll: $14,575,000

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Notable Players Out: SS Jed Lowrie, OF Jordan Schafer, OF Scott Moore

Notable Players In: LF Chris Carter, DH Carlos Peña, RHP Phil Humber, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP John Ely

Prospect Watch: 1B Jonathan Singleton and RHP Brad Peacock

Highlight Hitter: 1B Chris Carter (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .237/.337/.466 28 HR/76 R/77 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Bud Norris (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 8-11, 4.55 ERA, 8.93 K/9, 168.3 IP)

Projected lineup: C Jason Castro, 1B Brett Wallace, 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Matt Dominguez, SS Tyler Greene, LF Chris Carter, CF Justin Maxwell, RF Fernando Martinez/J.D. Martinez

Projected rotation: RHP Bud Norris, RHP Lucas Harrell, RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Phil Humber, LHP Erik Bedard

Projected closer: Jose Veras

Manager: Bo Porter

Projected 2013 Finish in AL West:  1. TBA  2. TBA  3. TBA  4. TBA  5. Houston Astros                                                                                                                                                                               


Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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