Spring training has begun and the Houston Astros have begun preparing for the start of the 2012 season on April 6 against the Colorado Rockies. This will be an entertaining camp for fans and a hectic one for the coaching staff, as almost every position is up for grabs.
The Astros had the worst record in the majors last year, and a lot of the blame can be placed on the pitching staff. The starting rotation was inconsistent and the bullpen failed to close out games.
The team ERA of 4.51 was the third worst in the majors and the Astros converted only 50 percent of their save opportunities, finishing dead last in that category. Unfortunately, the Astros didn't do much this offseason bringing in new arms to compete for spots. This is how I envision the starting rotation and bullpen for the start of the upcoming season.