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Houston Astros All-Time Starting Lineup

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1. Craig Biggio, Second Base (1988-2007)

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Craig Biggio (Image from astrosdaily.com)

Hall of Fame Inductee in 2015

Uniform Number 7 Retired by the Astros in 2008

Biggio spent his whole MLB career with the Astros. He made seven All-Star games and won five Silver Sluggers as well as four Gold Glove awards. Biggio had 668 doubles in his career, which is fifth all-time as of 2020. He led the league in doubles in back-to-back years in 1998 and 1999. He hit a career best 56 doubles in 1999.

2. Lance Berkman, Left Field (1999-2010)

Berkman played on the Astros for 12 seasons. He didn’t win an MVP there, but he did finish in the top five for NL MVP four times. Berkman had a career line of .296/.410/.549 in 1,592 games played there. He had solid Postseason as well. Berkman played in six playoff series with Houston and had an OPS of over 1.000 in four of them. One of them was the 2005 World Series where his slash line was .385/.526/.538 with a 1.065 OPS.

3. Alex Bregman, Third Base (2016-Present)

The 2020 season is Bregman’s fifth in the big leagues. He was the runner-up for AL MVP in 2019, slashing .296/.423/.592. He had single-season bests in runs scored (122), home runs (41), base on balls (119) and RBIs (112). Through his first four seasons, Bregman has hit 140 two-baggers, 99 homers and brought in 320 RBIs.

4. Jeff Bagwell, First Base (1991-2005)

Hall of Fame Inductee in 2017

Uniform Number 5 Retired by the Astros in 2007

Like Biggio, Bagwell spent his whole MLB career with Houston. He had a well-dressed career, winning Rookie of the Year in 1991, MVP in 1994 as well as being a Hall of Famer. In Bagwell’s MVP season, he had a slash line of .368/.451/.750. He led the league in multiple categories that year, including OPS+ (213), total bases (300) and RBIs (116).

5. George Springer, Right Field (2014-Present)

Springer had one of the better seasons of his career in 2019. He had a single-season best in all three slashes at .292/.383/.591. He also had single-season highs in homers (39) and RBIs (96). Last year was also Springer’s third consecutive season making the Mid-Summer Classic. The out fielder has won two Silver Sluggers in that span.

6. Yordan Álvarez, Designated Hitter (2019-Present)

Yordan Alvarez (Image from Fox Sports 2)

The Astros moved to the American League in 2013, so they haven’t had as many designated hitters as a lot of other AL clubs. Álvarez debuted in 2019 and put up some crazy numbers. The 2019 Rookie of the Year played in 87 games, hitting 27 dingers, 26 doubles and had 78 RBIs. His slash line for the season was .313/.412/.655.

7. Carlos Correa, Shortstop (2015-Present)

Another Rookie of the Year on this list is Carlos Correa. He won the award for his 2015 campaign when he hit 22 home runs, 22 doubles and had 68 RBIs in 99 games played. A few seasons later, he made an All-Star game and finished 17 in the AL MVP voting when he slashed .315/.391/.550 in a single-season best 153 games played.

8. César Cedeño (1970-1981)

Of the 17 seasons Cedeño spent in the big leagues, he played on the Astros for parts of 12 seasons. He won five Gold Glove awards, and they came consecutively from 1972-1976. The four career All-Star games he made were in those same years except 1975. The highest OPS Cedeño had in a single-season is .921 in 1972. He hit 39 doubles and 22 homers that year.

9. Alan Ashby, Catcher (1979-1989)

Ashby played the last 11 seasons of his career with the Astros. He caught in at least 81 games in seven of those seasons. In the 965 regular games Ashby played in with Houston, he had a slash line of .252/.324/.374. Ashby played in a career high 125 games in 1987, and he also had a career high in home runs (14), RBIs (63) and base on balls (50).

Starting Pitcher- Roy Oswalt (2001-2010)

Oswalt spent parts of 10 seasons with the Astros. In that span, the right-hander posted a 3.24 ERA in 1,932 1/3 innings pitched. He recorded 1,532 strikeouts with just 446 base on balls. In 2005, Oswalt pitched a single-season high 241 2/3 innings with a 2.94 ERA and 184 strikeouts. Oswalt was also the MVP of the NLCS that season when he pitched 14 innings and allowed just two runs.

Relief Pitcher- Billy Wagner (1995-2003)

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Billy Wagner (Image from cooperstowncred.com)

Wagner has a franchise best 225 saves with the Astros through parts of nine seasons. The southpaw had a 2.53 ERA with 694 strikeouts in 504 1/3 innings pitched. One of Wagner’s best seasons came in 1999 when he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting. He posted a 1.57 ERA  in 74 2/3 innings pitched that year. Wagner also had a single-season best 124 strikeouts that season.

 

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