Astros manager puts latest stamp on Houston's lineup with another intelligent tweak


Astros manager puts latest stamp on Houston's lineup with another intelligent tweak
Kyle Tucker is moving up! Composite Getty Image.

Over the weekend, the Astros wrapped up spring training and are now back in Houston preparing to play against the Yankees on Opening Day.

And when we see that Opening Day batter order from manager Joe Espada, don't be surprised if we notice some changes from last season. Espada already revealed that he plans on batting Yordan Alvarez second, but over the last few days another adjustment was unveiled.

Espada is exploring the possibility of hitting Kyle Tucker third, and pushing Bregman to the cleanup spot. With Tucker hitting third, the club can better utilize his speed and give Bregman more opportunities to hit with runners in scoring position.

Clearly, Espada is not afraid to try some new things and put his stamp on the team. Which is a different approach than former manager Dusty Baker. Baker preferred to split up his left-handed hitters in the lineup.

So based on the Astros recent lineup cards, we expect on most days the batting order to be:

Jose Altuve

Yordan Alvarez

Kyle Tucker

Alex Bregman

Jose Abreu

Chas McCormick

Yainer Diaz

Jeremy Pena

Jake Meyers

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