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NL Central in 2011 Chances?


I have read more than one article in the past few weeks about how some experts believe that the Astros have a chance at winning the NL Central next year. Every one says that our rotation and core of young players is enough to at least contend, and possibly even be atop the standings after 162 games next year. Personally, I think that this is a long shot, but it definitely is possible. Houston had a great second half in 2010 after the Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman deals. On top of the second half success, our young players (ex. CJ, Castro, Wallace, and young bullpen) are going to become more comfortable to the big leagues. It definitely is possible to win the division next year.

This is what our lineup and rotation will look like in 2011 as of right now:

1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Jeff Keppinger 2B (if he stays)
3. Hunter Pence RF
4. Carlos Lee LF (BLEH...)
5. Chris Johnson 3B
6. Brett Wallace 1B
7. Clint Barmes SS
8. Jason Castro C
9. Pitcher

1. Brett Myers
2. J.A. Happ
3. Wandy Rodriguez
4. Bud Norris
5. Ryan Rowland-Smith/ Nelson Figureoa/Aneury Rodriguez/Jordan Lyles/etc.

How do you think that looks? 

I think that if we're going to be successful in 2011, we have to sign or trade for someone who is going to hit 20+ HRs, our offense needs serious help.

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