5 Predictions for the Houston Astros in Their First Year in the AL West

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5 Predictions for the Houston Astros in Their First Year in the AL West
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The Houston Astros will open the regular season at home on March 31st, hosting the Texas Rangers on Sunday Night Baseball.

In 2013, the Houston Astros will leave the National League Central division after two years of negotiations. They will switch instead to the American League West, with this switch balancing the number of teams in each league. 

This will be the first-ever game with the Houston Astros franchise now being a member of the American League. No team has switched leagues since 1997, when the Milwaukee Brewers switched from the American to National League. 

Coming off a 107-loss season with the worst run differential in the league, Houston will look to flip the switch this season. Luckily for Houston, the Astros have enough young pieces to compete over the next few seasons. 

That being said, here are five bold predictions for the Houston Astros in 2013. 

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