Some controversial trade targets could be in consideration for Houston Astros

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The Houston Astros are currently going through a rough patch and the team could use a boost to the offense with Yordan Alvarez out for the next several weeks.

According to reports, the Astros may be looking to add a left-handed bat to the lineup, and three names have been thrown out that the team may consider.

Cubs OF Cody Bellinger, Nationals OF Corey Dickerson, and A's 1B/OF Seth Brown are some names that might make sense for Houston. Ideally, Michael Brantley could fill this role for the team, but he still hasn't returned from his shoulder injury and the team may be concerned that he won't make it back fully healthy.

Astros fans would definitely take issue with Houston hater Bellinger, but he's not the only player fans would scoff at. Former Yankees closer and current Royals reliever Aroldis Chapman could also been in play. The Royals will likely be sellers with a 20-53 record and Chapman currently has a 2.84 ERA.

Plus, the team could use some bullpen help, with Ryan Pressly not being as dominant this year, and Rafael Montero having a disastrous season to date.

So which player would Astros fans rather have if they had to pick one, Bellinger or Chapman?

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Astros beat the Orioles, 8-1. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Framber Valdez pitched seven solid innings and Jeremy Peña and Yainer Diaz had three RBIs apiece to give the Houston Astros a 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

It’s just the second time the Orioles have been swept this season after losing three in a row to the Cardinals from May 20-22.

Valdez (6-5) allowed six hits and a run with seven strikeouts in seven innings to bounce back after consecutive losses.

Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer as the Astros jumped on Albert Suárez (3-2) for four runs in the first. Alex Bregman had a season-high four hits for Houston, which extended its winning streak to five games.

Jordan Westburg homered for a second straight game to extend Baltimore’s franchise-record streak of games with a home run to 22. But the Orioles couldn't do much else offensively as they managed just one run for a second straight game.

Suárez permitted a career-high 10 hits and tied a career-most with five runs in five innings.

Bryan King struck out one in a scoreless eighth for Houston in his major league debut and Luis Contreras allowed one hit in his debut in the ninth.

Altuve sent Suárez’s first pitch out of the park for his 38th career leadoff homer to make it 1-0. Bregman doubled and scored on a one-out single by Diaz.

Peña doubled to left field to drive in Diaz and extend the lead to 3-0. Mauricio Dubón made it 4-0 with his RBI single on a line drive to center field.

César Salazar hit a single to open Houston’s fourth before a one-out double by Bregman. The Orioles intentionally walked Yordan Alvarez to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Diaz left Houston up 5-0.

Colton Cowser singled with one out in the fifth but was erased when Adley Rutschman grounded into a force out. Ryan Mountcastle singled after that, but Anthony Santander also grounded into a force out to end the inning.

Westburg’s home run came with one out in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-1.

Bregman singled with one out in the sixth and a single by Diaz came with two outs in the inning. They both scored when Peña smacked a double to left-center field to make it 7-1.

Altuve and Bregman hit consecutive singles to start the eighth and Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly by Diaz with two outs to extend the lead to 8-1.

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Orioles: LHP Cade Povich (0-1, 3.94 ERA) starts for Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series with Cleveland on Monday night.

Astros: Houston is off Monday before starting a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

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