The Houston Astros (2-2) are in Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays (2-3) on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. This is the first of three matchups between these two teams this Spring.
Here is the starting lineup:
#23 Tyler Greene SS
#78 Robbie Grossman LF
#29 Brett Wallace 1B
#14 J.D. Martinez RF
#21 Fernando Martinez DH
#30 Matt Dominguez 3B
#22 Carlos Corporan C
#75 George Springer CF
#79 Delino DeShields 2B
Starting pitcher: RHP Alex White
What to watch for:
White, who was acquired from the Rockies in a trade for Wilton Lopez in December, is making his Astros debut as he is competing for a spot in the back end of the starting rotation. He was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) for Colorado last year.
One of the beauties of not having the names on the jersey is you have to get to know all of the players,” manager Bo Porter said in his morning media session. “So, when Alex went through his first bullpen, I didn’t know his name but after he threw his first bullpen, I knew exactly who he was. It’s a heavy sinker, the ball jumps out of his hand, it has late life. He’s a very imposing guy on the mound – good mechanics, everything is downhill, he keeps the ball in the bottom of the zone. I’m anxious to see him the first time out against live hitters and against a pretty good lineup, too.”
Greene, who is competing with Marwin Gonzalez for the starting job at shortstop, is getting his second start in a row at that position.
Two top Astros prospects, Springer and DeShields, are in the starting lineup and rounding out the bottom of the batting order.
Wallace (.400, 4x10) and Grossman (.571, 4x7) have been hot at the plate over the first five games of spring.