Bob Levey

The 2013 Houston Astros Season Preview

We go through the potential 2013 roster looking at each player, what they did last season and what they could contribute this year.

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Profiling recent call-up Brandon Laird

In an effort to fill out this series with a player who maybe should have been profiled earlier in the spring, let's take an abbreviated look at Brandon Laird.

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Putting the pieces together on a season preview

All month long, we've been publishing player previews for the probable Astros 25-man roster. Now it's time to pull it all together and look at the big picture.

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Ronny Cedeno Rides to the Rescue

After wondering who would take over the position after Jed Lowrie was traded, it appears Cedeno will be Houston's starter at shortstop on Opening Day.

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Comparing Ken Caminiti to Matt Dominguez

Before Matty D, Houston had one of the finest third baseman of the 90's. Are there any similarities between the two golden gloved hot corner players?

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Profiling Jimmy Paredes

Examining the future for an athletic, intriguing player without a position

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Previewing Jason Castro

Is the Astros former first round pick, Jason Castro, ready to make a leap forward?

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Profiling LOOGY Wesley Wright

Taking a look at how the Astros' longest tenured player can build on his career best 2012 season

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I love it when a plan comes together

Jeff Luhnow has a plan. It may well revolve around sinkerballers and home runs. Earl Weaver would be proud.

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Profiling Fernando Martinez

Polarizing is a great word to describe the former Mets farmboy, but it may also be an understatement. What can the 25-year old do for Houston this season?

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What are Norris and Harrell worth in trade?

Looking at the relative worths of Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell through the lens of a trade value calculator.

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Profiling the powerful Chris Carter

Though his position will be up for debate, there's no arguing against Carter's offensive potential.

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2013 Houston Astros Season Preview: Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena figures to be a very good hitter for the 2013 Houston Astros despite a disappointing 2012 season with the Rays.

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Does Marwin's Platoon Advantage Exist?

Marwin Gonzalez will be in the mix at shortstop this season. Will he be a viable part of a platoon there?

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Jose Altuve: Small Player, Big Impact

The smallest player in baseball could very well provide the biggest boost to Houston's offense.

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Previewing Jordan Lyles 2013 Season

No longer the youngest starting pitcher in the league, Jordan Lyles will have to continue developing if he wants to be a piece of this Astros team in the future.

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2013 Astros Preview: Jose Veras, Closer

What will the Astros get out of the mercurial reliever? Will his control let him be a lock-down closer, or will Veras leave the Astros searching for another closer by midseason?

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The Only Current Astro to Pitch a Perfect Game

On April 21, 2012, Humber threw the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Less than a year later, he's a waiver claim fighting for a spot in Houston's rotation. So which Philip Humber should we expect to see?

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2013 Season Preview: Erik Bedard, Injury Risk?

Another minor league invite, Bedard could provide valuable depth in the middle of the rotation, or he could spend most of the year in the minors pitching for Oklahoma City.

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What's in store for J-Max?

Justin Maxwell may be one of the more successful waiver claims by this front office. He is likely to get the chance to show what he can do as a starting outfielder in 2013.

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2013 Season Preview: Rick Ankiel, Outfielder

What does the erstwhile Ankiel have left? Can he contribute to the Astros in 2013?

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Can Houston follow history's worst to first teams?

Can we learn anything about the '69 Mets and the '08 Rays that will help us figure out if the '13 Astros can win, win, win?

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Could Jake Elmore start at shortstop?

After seeing what Marwin Gonzalez could provide at short, we look at Jake Elmore and ask the same question: could he fill in full-time for Jed Lowrie?

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Could Marwin Gonzalez Start at Shortstop?

Let's say Houston needs a new starter by injury or by trade. Could Marwin Gonzalez start there?

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