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HOUSTON ASTROS 2008 SUMMARY
Things could be different this year since just about everything that could go wrong for the Astros did go wrong in 2007.This season the Astros could be worth a look against the baseball lines. Baseball betting line experts like the nucleus of the Astros with players like Hunter Pence, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee.
Young players also could be important to bettors that look at the baseball betting line. Josh Anderson and J.R. Towles could play sooner rather than later according to baseball lines experts. The big question for 2008 focuses on pitching. The Astros have an ace in Roy Oswalt but that is about it.
Manager Cecil Cooper will try and lead Houston into the playoffs. The lineup looks like it will have Pence in the leadoff spot and he can impact the baseball betting line. It is possible though that Anderson could lead off if he makes the team according to baseball lines experts. Chris Burke will probably be the starting second baseman, hitting second, followed by Berkman, Lee, Pence, Ty Wigginton, J.R. Towles and Everett. That was the good news according to baseball betting line experts.
The bad news according to baseball lines experts is the pitching rotation after Oswalt. Brandon Backe will have to continue his comeback if the team is to make a mark versus the baseball betting line. Wandy Rodriguez could be the number three starter according to baseball betting line experts. Woody Williams is still around to fill out a spot and then it is a bunch of unknowns. Troy Patton, Juan Gutierrez, Felipe Paulino, Matt Albers, Chris Sampson and Fernando Nieve will look to get starts according to baseball betting line experts. The bullpen is set with Jose Valverde as the closer who comes over from Arizona and Chad Qualls as the setup man. Dennis Sarfate could get some innings. Mark McLemore and Stephen Randolph may return as well according to baseball betting line experts.
Houston really needs to pick up a starting pitcher if they are to contend and make a mark versus the baseball betting line. Oswalt is great and perhaps Backe can be serviceable but that is it. The team needs a solid #2 starter according to experts that look at the baseball betting line.