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Astros lose, but no need to panic

Astros lose, but no need to panic
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The Astros dropped Game 3 of the ALDS to the Rays by a score of 10-3. Former Astros pitcher Charlie Morton gave up a home run to Jose Altuve in the top of the first inning. He had to throw 52 pitches to get out of the first two innings. After that he settled down. Morton's settling coincided with Zack Greinke's unraveling.

He was about to cruise through the first two innings, then a three-run homer in the bottom of the second started the slide. He left the game with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Greinke gave up six earned runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Although he had only thrown 61 pitches, it was time for him to come out of the game. No use in allowing him to keep going despite a low pitch count because it just wasn't his day as the Rays had his number.

This was just a blip on the radar. Some may see this as a sign that the Greinke trade was a bad move. Others will suggest it shows the Astros can only rely on Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Some will point out the bullpen gave up four runs themselves and can't be counted on either. Here's why I'm not worried:

Starting staff still a three-headed monster

Despite Greinke's poor showing, he still maintained a low pitch count. Five of the six runs he gave up were via homerun. Three of his 61 pitches happened to have been hit really hard and/or missed their location. There's not another team in the playoffs with a 1-2-3 punch like the Astros have. Some may have a good staff, but none compares.

Home cooking

The Astros won the right to have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs because of their 107-55 regular season record. They were 60-21 at home, and 47-34 on the road. Winning 58% of your road games means you'll drop a few here and there. As long as they're alive in the playoffs, they'll play more home games than road games. Couple that with setting up their starters to pitch those home games and crucial road games will give them a decided advantage.

The lineup

The lineup won't continue to slip up and not produce run support for the the pitching staff. Altuve doubled in the top of the third and was stranded there. The score at that time was 3-1 Rays. If Altuve gets knocked in and maybe a couple others get hits, it could've changed the outcome of the game. There's been a few times in which the lineup didn't support the pitching staff this season, but they were few and far in between. One should expect the same thing in the postseason.

I had a conversation with a couple good friends last weekend about the Astros postseason potential. One asked who'd we rather see them play in the ALDS and if we had a preference. I said "IDGAF who they play because they only need 11 more wins to win another ring!" With two of those 11 wins secured, let's look forward to number three, four, five, and so on. They're nine wins away from the ultimate prize. Let's not lose focus on the ask at hand simply because they dropped a game to an oppnent on the road in a place where they've had trouble. Game 4 is still on the road, but Verlander is pitching. I like their chances of advancing to the ALCS that game.

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Stefon Diggs may not be long for H-Town. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images.

When the Texans traded for Stefon Diggs on Wednesday, a lot was made of his unhappiness in Buffalo that helped facilitate his trade to Houston.

Well, things just got more interesting as Adam Schefter is reporting the Texans wiped out the final three years of his deal, which will allow him to be a free agent after the season

The thought being the Texans will get the best version of Diggs who will be playing for a new contract, and the team can receive a compensatory pick should he walk in free agency.

Which means the Texans traded a second-round pick to rent Diggs for the 2024 season. That seems like a high price to pay for a one-year rental, in my opinion.

It's also important to note, while everyone seems to be praising GM Nick Caserio for this move, Albert Breer is reporting that the highest comp pick the Texans could receive for Diggs would be a fifth-round pick.

And we're seeing other reports saying the Texans can't receive any comp pick for Diggs because they altered his deal. Whether it's a fifth or no pick at all, there's not much to be gained here when it comes to draft picks for the Texans.

Breer points out this is a “big concession” by the Texans. And depending on how the Texans renegotiated the deal, there's a chance Diggs' franchise tag number could jump to over $27 million. Which the team would likely not be willing to pay.

As it stands right now, Texans fans shouldn't get too attached to watching Diggs play in Houston. And they may want to hold off on buying a Diggs jersey, since he probably won't be with the team in 2025.

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