With the season set to begin just a week from today, the Astros opening day 25-man roster is pretty much set. Manager A.J. Hinch announced this weekend Joe Musgrove officially cracked the opening day roster and will start the fourth game of the season against the Mariners. Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton will start the first 3 games of the series. Mike Fiers will pitch the opener of the second series against the Royals.
Colin McHugh, who projected to be the number 3 or 4 starter, will start the year on the DL after dealing with “dead arm” that put him behind in Spring Training.
Hinch also hinted that Brad Peacock, who has been competing for a spot in the bullpen, will also make the opening day roster. “Peacock’s in a really good position to make our team, and I see him making our team” Hinch said Sunday. Peacock will join Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, Will Harris, Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski and Tony Sipp in the Astros opening day bullpen.
The team has made clear they will carry 13 pitchers to start the season, meaning one spot in the bullpen remains up for grabs. Jandel Gustave and James Hoyt are the top contenders. Both spent brief time with the Astros at the end of last season and both have pitched well this Spring. They will make their final auditions Thursday in the Astros exhibition game against the Cubs.
Last weeks roster cuts put an end to any uncertainty about which 12 position the Astros will carry on opening day . Tony Kemp, Teoscar Hernandez, Colin Moran, AJ Reed and Tyler White— all of whom made their MLB debuts last season— were all been optioned to minor league camp and will begin the season in AAA. Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick figure to be the players off the bench on the Major League club.
The season officially kicks off next Monday when the Astros host King Felix and the Mariners.