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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.

Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Astros' owner Jim Crane joins ESPN 97.5 Houston and discusses the latest news on the Houston Open Golf Tournament. Crane also shares his thoughts on the Astros off-season and how more moves are expected to be made after Bryce Harper and Manny Machado pick a team to sign with. "Well, I think things are a little bottled up with the two big guys that haven't dropped yet," said Crane.

When asked about a win total for the Astros this year, Crane hinted that going over 96.5 games seems likely. Finally, Crane talks about how the team could use more pitching, and how there's still a possibility that the Astros bring back some free agents that haven't signed with another team yet. You can listen to the entire interview above. The Astros conversation occurs around the 12-minute mark.

You can hear Granato and Raheel with Del weekdays from 9-11am on ESPN 97.5 radio. You can listen live or on demand with the ESPN 97.5 radio app.