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Charlie Pallilo: The Astros are still on pace to win 98 games, despite bad relief pitching

The Houston Astros have struggled in close games this year. Courtesy photo

The Warriors are up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals and even Cavaliers fans don't believe they have a shot at winning the series. Steph Curry is playing out of his mind, and there's not much else to do but sit back and enjoy the show.

The Astros will be facing the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, and no one thought Seattle would be playing so well, especially with Robinson Cano dealing with a PED suspension. Despite losing 6 of their last 10 games, the Astros are still on pace to win 98 games this season, and should win the AL West once again.

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Lovie Smith's testy encounter with a local reporter after the Texans loss to the Commanders has been a big topic of discussion locally in Houston this week, causing many to question if the reporter went a little too far.

In fact, this heated interaction even garnered national attention from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on First Take. Stephen A. questioned whether the local reporter would have behaved the same way if former Texans coach Bill O'Brien was still running things.

Be sure to check out the video above as ESPN Houston's John Grananto and Lance Zierlein share their thoughts on the reporter's line of questioning.

Plus, the guys weigh in on Stephen A.'s position, and answer his question with a resounding “Yes!”

Editor's note: The Stephen A. portion of the segment begins at the 9-minute mark.

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