The Astros were swept by the visiting Athletics, losing 9-3 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
With series one in the American League behind them, the next new AL West rival comes to town in the form of the Oakland A’s.
Bo Porter’s first game as manager of the new American League version of the Astros played National League baseball to win the first game of Spring Training 8-3 over Philadelphia.
The knee-jerk analysis to the Astros decision to trade short stop Jed Lowrie to Oakland is that the team is still in full teardown mode until the prospects start to arrive in Houston.
When the Astros moved Jed Lowrie in a five player trade Monday, they lost more than a solid middle infielder with some pop at the plate.