Why now's the time for Houston Astros to make lineup changes

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Is it time for Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker to make changes to his lineup with the Astros offense continuing to underperform? ESPN Houston's Jake Asman, Cody Stoots, and Brad Kellner discuss on The Wheelhouse.

Plus, Brad Kellner makes the case that Dusty is the one in charge of the lineup decisions, believing the Astros front office would not be so keen on some of Dusty's head-scratching lineups.

Check out the video to learn more!

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How baseball's brightest minds project dominant Astros surge following infield transformations

With the Astros upcoming season right around the corner, we're starting to see projections for how many games the club will win in 2024.

Baseball Prospectus released its PECOTA rankings, which have the team winning the division with 95 victories. The Rangers are predicted to finish in second place with 86 wins.

95 wins is a pretty aggressive number, but if the Astros' infield lives up to expectations, it's not hard to envision them knocking on the door of nearly 100 wins.

Alex Bregman is in great shape having gained 23 pounds this offseason. With it being a contract year for him, many are expecting big things from Breggy in 2024.

Yainer Diaz should be an immediate upgrade over Martin Maldonado, and Jeremy Pena was showing off his new swing on Monday against Ryan Pressly. Manger Joe Espada said Pena is hitting to all fields with more air under the ball and an increase in power.

Be sure to watch the video above as we discuss the expectations for the season, examine the Astros 2024 infield, and much more!

Watch Stone Cold 'Stros (an Astros podcast) with Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange and Josh Jordan every week on SportsMapHouston's YouTube channel.

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