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Astros Spring Training Game Thread 15. March 17, 2021, 5:05 CDT. Cardinals @ Astros.

Bryan Abreu gets the start today against Cardinal workhorse Adam Wainwright

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Once a gem of the Astros minor league system, some of the sparkle has dimmed from Bryan Abreu after coming into the COVID season of 2020 physically underprepared for action.

But everything was weird last year, and hopefully, Abreu is ready to fulfill his potential this year. Unfortunately, he was one of the eight pitchers removed from Spring Training earlier under COVID quarantine. But he’s back, and we’re all anxious to see if he’s ready to meet the lofty expectation many once had for him in 2021.

The Astros face Adam Wainwright. (or Jacob DeGrom, or Max Scherzer seems like every day. No wonder the Astros are 29th in team OPS this Spring)

The real deal lineup is in for the Astros, except Abraham Toro in for Alex Bregman. Toro has been one of the few hot bats for the Astros this Spring, and today he has a chance to separate himself from his main competition for 26th man, the also hot-hitting Robel Garcia.

Radio on AM 740 today, not 790