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Raw kicked off with what I assume was the end of the R Truth vs Hornswaggle rivalry for the 24/7 title. With first a promo hailing the prestige of the title and then having a mixed gender mosh pit tag match, ending with R Truth winning but then losing the title the next sucker Mike Kanellis, who has his own questionable story line going on right now. It feels like WWE is chasing lightning in a bottle by pursuing another gauntlet match story that propelled Kofi into championship air, all for AJ's United States Championship. The buildup to the Becky Lynch and Natasha Hart match takes a weird detour with Alexa Bliss fighting Becky Lynch, it's odd considering Alexa is a contender in her own right for a title, so why have these rivalries bleed over each other like this? The Triple Threat tag team match between The Revival, The Usos and what they are now calling The OC was highly entertaining but where the belts were going to end wasn't up for much doubt the Usos have again had recent legal troubles and The Revival aren't exactly crushing it as champs, enter Gallows and Anderson, again.

Kevin Owens kicked off Smackdown by having an amazing match against Drew Mcintyre, continuing his transformation into a fan favorite heel. Fighting against Shane has made Kevin very loveable to the fans which is what makes Shane such a great villain, helping these guys get over with the WWE Universe. Alexa Bliss continued her confusing run through the current WWE with a tag match against Bayley and Ember Moon to help sell their upcoming match at Summer Slam, it feels like a waste of Alexa's skillset but hopefully she'll fit into something soon. Speaking of wasting talent, Finn Balor fighting Dolph Ziggler felt like a confusing waste considering each of their separate storylines until Bray Wyatt showed up and distracted Finn, allowing Dolph to get the win. One interesting caveat that came out of this match was that the announcers mentioned how Dolph uses several members of DX's moves, it's something that has long driven me crazy but actually fits in with his current run as the "anti-legend" guy.

The stunt between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at the end of Raw where Brock F5'ed Seth onto a steel chair multiple times and then dragged him out of an ambulance and roughed him up some more, was over the top. I never like when WWE takes things from "guys fighting" to "guys trying to kill each other." The truth is WWE fans never forget this is fake, it's always in the back of their minds, so when WWE kicks it to this high gear, there's a level of violence that they're suggesting that honestly WWE fans can't accept. Just like in Smackdown where someone or something pushed scaffolding onto Roman Reigns. It's too fake. We can accept they want to fight for a shiny belt, we don't believe they want to murder each other.

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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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