2019 MLB Offseason Breakdown: Houston Astros

Here is my MLB 2019 Offseason Breakdown Blog. This time it is on the Colorado Rockies and I will talk about who the Rockies acquired and lost, their starting lineup and pitching rotation and my prediction for them this season. Let’s get into the blog.

Offseason Acquisitions and Loses:
Michael Brantley signs a 2 year $32 million contract
This is a good contract for the Astros as they get a very good hitter for a pretty good deal. Brantley had a .309 batting average last season with 17 home runs and 76 RBI’s and made his third All-Star game last season. Now if I was the GM of the Astros I would’ve laid off of Brantley and went after resigning Dallas Keuchel, but I see why they sign Brantley because they need to compete with other great hitting teams like the Red Sox and Yankees.
Charlie Morton signs a 2 year $30 million contract with the Rays
The Astros lose a good veteran pitcher in Morton. Morton is a reliable pitcher who went 15-3 last season with a 3.13 ERA. Astros are now down two of their starting pitchers and it will be interesting to see how the Astros respond from this. 
Marwin Gonzales signs a 2 year $21 million contract with the Twins

Another bad loss for the Astros as they lose their starting left fielder. Gonzalez is a fine player, but I would not want to sign him to that contract the Twins gave him. Gonzales is a career .264 hitter and with them replacing him with Brantley, its all fine in the end. 
Wade Miley signs a 1 year $4.5 million contract

Though he isn’t Charlie Morton, Miley is a good pitcher to replace because of his cheap price. Miley only started 16 games last season for the Brewers due to injury, but when he returned he went 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA.

Starting Lineup:
C: Robinson Chirinos
1B: Yuli Gurriel
2B: Jose Altuve
3B: Alex Bregman
SS: Carlos Correa
LF: Michael Brantley
CF: George Springer
RF: Jos Reddick
DH: Tyler White

Starting Rotation:
1. Justin Verlander
2. Gerrit Cole
3. Collin McHugh
4. Brad Peacock
5. Wade Miley

Offseason Grade: B+

The Astros lost two of their starting pitchers this offseason, but they are still in prime shape for the 2019 season. There is no doubt in my mind that they don’t win the AL West and make it to the AL Championship Series. They are just miles ahead of the teams in the AL West, but the Red Sox are the better team and they will lose to them in the ALCS.

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