Here’s how Houston Astros stack up after Rangers aggressive trades

The MLB trade deadline is almost upon us, and we've already seen a flurry of moves with the Texas Rangers going all in to make a run this season. The Rangers now have a rotation with Max Scherzer and Jordan Montgomery, while the Astros have only made one trade, adding relief pitcher Kendall Graveman.

The Astros are rumored to have interest in acquiring Justin Verlander from the Mets, but Houston GM Dana Brown recently stated that adding another starting pitcher is not a priority.

Is Dana Brown just keeping his cards close to the vest? Is he trying to temper Verlander expectations, especially if owner Jim Crane is out on a JV reunion, simply because of his high price contract?

And if the Astros hold tight, do they have enough firepower to win the division over the Rangers?

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After another poor performance from former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns' season is starting to look like an uphill climb. Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb is out for the year, and Cleveland fans aren't too pleased with the way Watson is playing, especially considering the massive contract extension he signed with the team. And we didn't even get to the off the field drama that comes with Watson.

However, Houston fans are invested in the Browns' season outcome as well, with the Texans holding the Browns' first round pick in 2024, and having sent their own first rounder to the Cardinals in the Will Anderson trade.

So each loss for the Browns, means a better draft pick for the Texans!

For Houston, it looks like they have their QB of the future in CJ Stroud. And he'll be on a less expensive rookie contract for the next several years, giving the Texans more cap space to upgrade the roster.

With all of this in mind, is it fair to question if the Texans dodged a bullet when Watson demanded a trade?

DeMeco Ryans vs. Lovie Smith

Plus, we're only two games into the season, but Lovie Smith's defense was much better (with a similar roster) than what DeMeco Ryans' defense has shown thus far, and DeMeco has the benefit of Will Anderson rushing the QB.

Are the struggles on defense more about the roster GM Nick Caserio has put together, or does this slow start fall on DeMeco?

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