HOUSTON – The Houston Astros are back for the 2021 season after a surprising run to Game 7 of the 2020 ALCS despite a losing regular season.
Houston returns without George Springer, but with a bit more stability and further removed from the sign-stealing scandal and some major injuries. There are some big changes to watch, but also some improvements in soft spots.
Much of the 2021 Astros are set, but there are a handful of positions up for grabs.
Here’s a look at the top position battle:
George Springer has been entrenched as Houston’s center fielder since 2014, with various players filling in due to injury.
Springer is now in a Blue Jays uniform and the Astros will have to find another full-time option.