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Astros Open Forum: Pick the ALDS roster

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A lot of choices, a lot of variables. Are you as smart as A.J. Hinch?

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It’s time to pick rosters again. It’s an annual event for the Astros these years. Don’t take it for granted. For most baseball fans across America the season is coming to an end. But for the third straight year, and fourth year out of five, it is only beginning in Houston. In fact, after the championship team won 101 games in 2017, the Stros have just kept getting better, winning 103 games last year, and 104 with three games left this year.

The Houston Astros are the best franchise in baseball.

And so let’s see who among us, within this, the smartest group of Astros fans, has the baseball smarts to pick the roster that the Astros will take to the ALDS.

The Astros get to carry 25 players. Here is the current expanded September roster.

Here are a few variables to consider:

  1. With injuries and near total September breakdown of 4th starter Wade Miley, do the Astros go with a bullpen day when the 4th starter’s turn comes? If so does that mean that the Astros go with 12 pitchers on the roster, instead of their usual 11 for the ALDS?
  2. Do the Astros go with three catchers?

To simplify your lists, I will include the players who are locks, and all you have to do is fill in the rest of the roster spots.

Position:

C. Robinson Chirinos, Martin Maldonado

OF. George Springer, Michael Brantley,

IF. Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman

DH. Yordan Alvarez

Starting Pitching:

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke

Relief Pitching:

Will Harris, Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly, Joe Smith

I have identified 16 “locks.” Who are the other nine players who make the roster? Winner gets the Alfred Einstein award for smartest Astros fan.