5 reasons the Astros-Mariners series means way more than you think

As opening day draws near, let's point out all the important information to watch for as the Astros host the Mariners. The Mariners are in year 2 of rebuilding, so their focus is more about evaluating and developing talent. But we were able to dig up some info on the Mariners and find some things Astros fans should pay attention to as the series gets started on Friday.

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Astros add to their rotation. Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi and the Astros have agreed on a 2-year year contract with a 3rd-year player option. Odorizzi is 30 years old with a 3.92 career ERA. This signing seems to indicate Framber Valdez will miss significant time with a fractured left ring finger. But overall, the Astros rotation is looking good with the addition of Odorizzi, and hopefully Valdez will return to the rotation at some point this season.

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