Houston Astros may be employing next-level gamesmanship, and we’re here for it


Astros pitcher Framber Valdez received a lot of attention after Game 2 of the World Series for the way he rubbed down the baseball in between pitches. With the thought being, he's using an illegal substance to gain an advantage against the opponent. This behavior isn't something that's really new for Framber, but with all the eyes on Houston during the World Series, he is now receiving a higher level of scrutiny.

Plus, catcher Martin Maldonado has been told by MLB he can no longer use the bat Albert Pujols gave him, as this bat is no longer legal to use in MLB unless you were grandfathered in like Pujols. With so many concerns from Philly about the Astros and their reputation over the last several years, could Framber be taking advantage of the situation and leaning into the narrative just to make the Phillies and their fans waste time worrying about a non-issue? Pretty crafty if you ask us.

Check out the video above to learn more!

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The wait is finally over! The Houston Texans schedule has been released and we have some thoughts.

With the Texans playing on Christmas Day (Wednesday) against the Ravens, that means they'll have to play three games in 10 days. And it's not like the opponents are pushovers. They have to face three playoff teams from last year (Dolphins, Chiefs, and Ravens).

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's John Granato & Lance Zierlein react to the '24 Texans schedule release, and discuss the “beast” of a second half they'll face.

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