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With Game One of the World Series one day away, what changes, if any, should the Houston Astros consider in setting their World Series roster?

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In the midst of the celebration and exhaling, the Astros have to make a few decisions before Tuesday. Here are a few that relate to the World Series roster.

  1. Does Kyle Tucker have a point on the roster? One would think a guy who’s gotten postseason starts wouldn’t be at risk, but Tucker has mostly looked overmatched, with one walk, one single, and four Ks in his 9 PAs. He doesn’t make sense to pinch hit, unless it’s for a catcher facing a tough righty. And Reddick has probably deserved to start every non-Corbin game after his defense and Yankee Stadium HR. Would they replace him with Myles Straw or even AbrahamToro?
  2. Do Hector Rondon and/or Bryan Abreu stay on the roster? Rondon has faced a total of two batters over the first 11 postseason games. Abreu faced six in ALCS Game 1, but only retired two of them. Would Chris Devenski replace Rondon? Hinch has no faith in Rondon, but apparently more faith in Rondon than Devo.
  3. Does Hinch go with a 7 person bullpen? He went with eight, but that was before the Pea showed his feathers in Games 6 & 7. Brad Peacock got through 2.2 IP and faced eleven hitters in those two games. If Hinch thinks Peacock can get through two innings of Nats, then does it make sense to add Straw, remove Rondon, and have another pinch-hitter for Games 3-5?
  4. Does Toro make the roster? He switch hits, can emergency catch, runs well, and commanded the strike zone pretty well in his 90 PAs at the big-league level. There’s a lot of ways that he could provide some flex against the Nats.
  5. One bonus decision not related to the roster: is there any doubt that Yordan Alvarez sits in Washington? There had been talk about making sure his bat stayed in the lineup in potential DH-less games, but I cannot fathom the Astros insert him in the lineup to play LF. Unless, of course, he carries the offense in Games 1 & 2.

What other roster decision might keep Houston’s brain trust up late on Monday night? Join the conversation.