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Charlie Pallilo: Astros on pace to win 104 games and set new franchise record

The All-Star break comes at a good time for Houston. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The All-Star break has arrived and the Astros are definitely playing up to expectations. They lead their division by five games over the Mariners, and are only 4 1/2 games behind the Red Sox who have the best record in baseball. Justin Verlander hasn't pitched all that well over his last handful of starts, but a few days off for the "Mid-summer Classic" should help him get rested and ready for the second half of the season. Houston is on pace to win 104 games this season, which is better than last year's team which won 101 games in the regular season before winning the World Series.

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With Gerrit Cole recently being named as the biggest cheater in the history of baseball, we discuss how refreshing it is to not see a current Astros player listed. Has the Astros most recent World Series changed the common narrative about the team from a national perspective?

Plus, is Jim Crane getting enough credit for trying to bring back as many pieces as he can for next year?

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