Young Astros hope to continue last year's success

March 28, 2011 1:35:00 PM PDT
The Houston Astros' 59-52 finish last season provided optimism and distanced the team from a terrible start. This year, veterans Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee need to get going early to lead this young team in its first full season without longtime stars Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt.

For the Astros to have any shot at contending, the young talent that led last season's late success will have to step up in 2011. That includes first baseman Brett Wallace and third baseman Chris Johnson.

Second-year manager Brad Mills says his team feels good entering the season after the strong finish. He thinks the late success will help them feel like they can keep winning.