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Houston Astros predictions for 2023

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Those were the words uttered by play-by-play announcer Joe Davis after Astros right fielder Kyle Tucker won the final game. 2022 World Championshipcap the privilege The second championship With a Game 6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in front of a deafening Minute Maid Park crowd.

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This past spring, every Astros fan hoped their favorite team could bring home the Grand Prix. Fans have the same hope again this year.

With every vacation comes forecasting season, and that’s where we are today. If you predicted the Astros would win the 2022 World Series, congratulations, you’re a wizard. But What does next season hold?

Here are several Houston Astros predictions for 2023.

The Record: 101-61

The first prediction to consider is what the Astros’ record will be in 2023. This season is a little hard to tell because for the first time, every team will be playing each other. It is a new rule that is set out in the collective bargaining agreement from 2022.

With that in mind, I still consider the Astros to be the best team in the American League. I also think they will make it back and win the 2023 World Championship.

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Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of Game Six of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park on November 5, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Harry Ho/Getty Images)

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Best player in the team: Yordan Alvarez

The team’s best player goes to the player who will have the most influence on the team. Yordan Alvarez will be that person in 2023. He really made great strides last season, when he was a MVP finalist. Alvarez will continue to smash the ball and I predict he will hit more than 40 home runs this year.

Top pitcher: Framper Valdez

Top pitcher awards are given to the player who hits the top five first-place finishers in 2022, the player who has shouldered the workload throughout the year and appears to be the all-around arm of the starting lineup’s first team. That’s why I picked Framper Valdez, who’s coming off an amazing season in which he posted an MLB record for most consecutive quality starts (25). A good start is when a pitcher has gone at least six innings, while allowing three or fewer runs.

Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros doubles in the fourth inning during game five of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros doubles in the fourth inning during game five of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Top hitter: Alex Bregman

For the best hitter, I’ll go with Alex Bregman. Avarlez will definitely smash some balls this year, but I expect Bregman to return to his MVP-caliber persona. We’re going to see more home runs and a higher batting average. He’s one of the most disciplined hitters in the game, and we’ll see him again this year.

Comeback Player of the Year: Lance McCullers Jr.

For returning player of the year, the nod goes to Lance McCullers Jr. Michael Brantley should also be considered, but I expect McCullers to get Cy Young votes this season. He has some of the worst pitches in baseball and just needs to work on his control. You saw signs of his dominance during the season, before he struggled a bit during the playoffs. McCullers’ track record suggests he will return to ace form.

Rookie of the Year: David Hensley

Rookie of the year goes to David Hensley, who will take on a larger utility role this year with the departure of Aledmys Diaz. Hensley has great plate discipline, which we saw several times last season. He hits very well in the minors and provides a solid defense. He can also play all over the field.

Jeremy Pena #3 of the Houston Astros throws to first base to get out in the fourth inning during Game Five of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Pena #3 of the Houston Astros throws to first base to get out in the fourth inning during Game Five of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremy Rock

Top defensive accolades go to Jeremy Peña, who became the first rookie to win a Gold Glove in 2022. Peña was a postseason champion for the Astros, earning ALCS honors and World Series MVP honors. When he was recruited in 2018, he was thought of as one of the best bats in his class. He will continue to flash his gauntlet and show that he is one of the best players in the sport.

Now that you’ve read my predictions for the Houston Astros for 2023, let’s dive into what some of the fans are saying.



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