3 Biggest Team Needs for the Houston Astros Before the MLB Trade Deadline

Mike Esposito
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With a 55-32 record and a seven game lead in the AL West, the Houston Astros look like they're well on their way to making their third postseason appearance in as many years.

The Astros have one of the most complete teams in the league this season, but there are definitely a few areas on their roster where they could stand to improve. Likely to be active buyers come July 31, here are the Astros' three biggest needs ahead of the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline.

3. Left-Handed Reliever

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Houston's bullpen has performed well (3.88 ERA, No. 3 in AL) but despite its dominance this season, there's still one crucial piece missing: a lefty reliever. The Astros don't have a reliable southpaw in their bullpen to turn to when the situation may call for it. Trading for a lefty reliever at the deadline could allow the Astros to throw a variety of looks at their opponents toward the end of games.

2. Designated Hitter

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The Astros have one of the most dynamic lineups in the Majors this season (.811 OPS, No. 3 in MLB), but they've struggled to get consistent production out of their designated hitter Tyler White. The 28-year-old slugger has been atrocious at the plate this year, slashing .212/.321/.326 with three homers and 15 RBI across 184 at-bats. Adding a dynamic DH at the deadline, like Justin Smoak, could turn one of Houston's weaknesses into a strength.

1. Fifth Starter

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The Astros' starting rotation has been excellent this season (3.82 ERA, No. 3 in AL), but they'll need a quality innings-eater to man the fifth spot in the rotation going forward. Houston has started four different pitchers in the five spot this season with very little success so far. Trading for a high-upside rental like Matthew Boyd could be the perfect move to round out the clubs' rotation for the remainder of the season.

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