Houston Astros 2013 Season Preview
Manager: Bo Porter (1st season)
2012 Record: 55-107 (6th in AL Central)
Key Arrivals: OF Rick Ankiel, P Phil Humber, P Erik Bedard
Key Departures: SS Jed Lowrie, P Wilton Lopez
2013 Outlook: Switching leagues will not be an easy transition for the Houston Astros. It’s not like they had an easy time in the NL Central, so playing the likes of Anaheim, Texas, and Oakland should make for a tough 2013. The Astros also have a first time manager in Bo Porter, so growing pains are likely for Houston
There are bright spots for the Astros. Second baseman Jose Altuve is a star in the making, and there is hope for 1B Brett Wallace to grow into the star people expected just a few seasons ago. There is also a quality bat in 3B Matt Dominguez.
The real concern for Houston is their pitching. Hanging your season on pitchers like Bud Norris, Phillip Umber, and Lucas Harrell is a scary thought for Astros fans, as it should be. Of all of the possible starters for Houston, only Harrell had a sub 4 ERA in 2012. Considering they will face lineups with huge bats, last years 55 wins could be a stretch this year.