How Do These August Astros Lineups Sound?


New Big Trains for Union Station


With Yulie Gurriel now in the fold we all know high certainty that he and super-prospect Alex Bregman will both join the Houston Astros starting lineup by August, if not sooner. The following suggestions are little more than our box score visualizations of three possible new lineups we may see soon on the Internet screen and sports pages of the Houston Chronicle. Let us know what you think  of these – or of what other lineups you would propose to Manager A.J. Hinch.

Three Possible Houston Astros August 2016 Lineup:

Lineup One

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Alex Bregman, LF
  3. Jose Altuve, 2B
  4. Carlos Correa, SS
  5. Yulie Gurriel, 3B
  6. Evan Gattis, DH
  7. Luis Valbuena, 1B
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF
  9. Jason Castro, C

Lineup Two

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Alex Bregman, 3B
  3. George Springer, RF
  4. Yulie Gurriel, LF
  5. Carlos Correa, SS
  6. A.J. Reed, 1B
  7. Luis Valbuena, DH
  8. Colby Rasmus, CF
  9. Jason Castro, C

Lineup Three

  1. George Springer, RF
  2. Jose Altuve, 2B
  3. Carlos Correa, SS
  4. Yulie Gurriel, DH
  5. Alex Bregman, 3B
  6. A.J. Reed, 1B
  7. Colby Rasmus, LF
  8. Carlos Gomez, CF
  9. Jason Castro, C

Which do you like better? Or what do you propose as the best use of these two new additions as a lineup for the “tuned-up” (we hope) 2016 August Astros?

Please post your comment.


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas




4 Responses to “How Do These August Astros Lineups Sound?”

  1. gregclucas Says:

    Unless they start showing something I suggest the LF and 1B positions will become platoon spots with Gonzalez at least continuing at the 1b RHH option. I would like a better DH than Gattis, but for this season probably not possible. Actual defensive spots for Gurriel and Bregman can TBD once they have had some time playing other spots. Astros have money invested in Gomez, but he simply has to be doing more with the bat. Both Gurreil and Bregman SHOULD be able to hit in MLB, but neither have been proven yet. (Remember White and Reed if you need proof that minor league results don’t always translate right away.)

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      “Astros have money invested in Gomez, but he simply has to be doing more with the bat.”

      Greg – If it takes you – or one among us – again writing something that stresses the need for Carlos Gomez to do something other than lose his helmet – or his ability to remain vertical through a time at bat – I’ll take it. It was only minutes later than your posted comment that Gomez unloaded on Seattle for a Grand Slam that made it an 8-0 walk for the Astros over the Mariners, in the top of the 7th at Seattle.

  2. Fred Soland Says:

    I assume you are meaning Jason Castro, as opposed to Joel Castro at catcher.

    I also believe that Gurriel will hold Bregman off for a while at least.
    I also question giving up on Reed just yet. Bregman will more than likely experience hitting woes on the big club. I also don’t know exactly where they will place Gurriel in the field. You have to figure he is for the long haul and his placement will directly affect where Bregman’s position will be for the big club. If they place Gurriel at 3B as you suggest, then Bregman will need time in the OF to get accustomed to the new position, presumably LF. If Guriel goes to LF, then Bregman would have a more natural fit at 3B. I think you also have to guess whether the Jeckyl & Hyde performance of Luis Valbuena stays positive. Gattis at DH and backup C is the safest spot of him on the field. Lots of questions right now before those dominoes fall into place, IMO.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Thanks, Fred. Yes. I had suffered a brain freeze and typed “Joel” for “Jason” Castro. That little identity error has now been corrected in the column – with my appreciation to you.

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