It wasn’t a pretty ride getting here, the Astros’ season record was 29-31, but they made it. Sixth seed in the expanded MLB playoffs and three games against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis. It was a shortened 60 game season full of injuries and slumps, but today the meter hits reset. Anything can happen now.
The Astros bring about the 28-man roster you’d expect into this series, with a couple of twists. Josh James is activated from IL, and outfielder Chas McCormick, who has never played in the big leagues before, is added to the roster.
Here is the Astros’ AL Wild Card Series roster:
Pitchers (12): Zack Greinke, Josh James, Cristian Javier, Lance McCullers Jr., Enoli Paredes, Ryan Pressly, Brooks Raley, Andre Scrubb, Cy Sneed, Blake Taylor, Jose Urquidy, Framber Valdez
Catchers (3): Martín Maldonado, Dustin Garneau, Garrett Stubbs
Infielders (7): Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Aledmys Díaz, Yuli Gurriel, Jack Mayfield, Abraham Toro
Outfielders (6): Michael Brantley, Chas McCormick, Josh Reddick, George Springer, Myles Straw, Kyle Tucker
FYI, the Twins are adding a rookie to their roster who has never played in the bigs before, outfielder Alex Kiriloff, number 27 MLB overall prospect.
Other Astros news: The team re-signed Yuli Gurriel to a one-year extension worth $6.5 million plus performance bonuses and a one year team option worth $8 million.
The Astros send their ace, Zack Greinke against former Dodger and World Series opponent Kenta Maeda.
Here’s the Astros lineup.
For Your Viewing and Listening Pleasure
Game 1: Tuesday, September 29th @ 1:00 pm CDT
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