HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch has never been one to put a lot of stock in the batting order. Hinch used 152 batting orders last year, which meant things changed nearly every day.
Much of the fluctuation in batting order was due to necessity. Injuries to Jed Lowrie and George Springer cost them a couple of months, Carlos Correa didn't join the club until June and Carlos Gomez arrived in late July. Then there was inconsistent output at first base, catcher and third base that forced Hinch to juggle things often.
The Astros, who begin Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla., this week, could see more consistency this year if they remain healthy. With the exception of first base, all nine spots in the starting lineup are set, and it's a matter of how Hinch fills out the lineup card daily based on performance and health.