There was no greater talk in Major League Baseball during the offseason than that of the Houston Astros. Most of the talk was for the wrong reasons, with the trash can banging as stealing signs. Now, the Astros was to turn the page and move on to the 2020 season. Keep in mind, the Astros are the defending American League Champions. Let’s take a look at the 2020 Houston Astros season analysis and MLB Odds.
MLB Houston Astros 2020 Pre-Season Analysis
Astros Will Continue to Hit
The Houston Astros are going to continue to hit, and hit heavy. The Astros have a loaded lineup, with guys in the middle of the lineup, such as Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel. If that is not enough; Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa ft in the lineup. This team can get on base, they can hit for power, and they are willing to take a walk. Many project Bregman, who could hit as the clean up hitter to walk as many as 100 times. There is no doubt the 2020 Houston Astros are going to be one of the most deadly offensive teams in all of Major League Baseball.
Loss of Cole Will Hurt
This is where the question marks are going to set in. The Houston Astros got all they could out of Gerrit Cole a season ago. He is now with the New York Yankees, and there is a hole. While Zack Greinke and Lance McCullers sit at the top of the rotation, there are questions below. The questions especially come up with the injury to Justin Verlander. The rest of the rotation figures to be Jose Urquidy, Josh James and Austin Pruitt. There are some big time question marks that if the Astros want to get back to the ALCS – they are going to have get solved.
There was no greater loss in Major League Baseball than the Astros losing Gerritt Cole. While that is the big news, other news in the Astros organization will reshape this team. Gone is manager A.J. Hinch, as fall out of the scandal. Jeffrey Luhnow, the general manager was also let go. In replacement of those two guys, Dusty Baker will take over as manager, and James Click is the general manager. In player personnel news – Carlos Correa and George Springer received one year extensions on their contracts.
Houston Astros Season Odds
The Houston Astros are still monster favorites to win the American League West. The Astros come in at -280, with the Athletics and the Angels sitting behind. Houston comes in with a betting total of 94.5 wins. Moving forward for the odds to win the American League and World Series are as follows; +300 to win the American League. That’s second, behind the New York Yankees. It’s also quite a bit ahead of the Minnesota Twins. Finally – the World Series betting odds are released, and the Houston Astros are third on the list. The Astros are listed at +700, behind the Yankees and Dodgers.