Astros showing again this playoff strength was no fluke

The Houston Astros have yet to fire on all cylinders when it comes to their offense this season, but the one constant that continues to deliver is the pitching.

And while the starting pitching has been great, even with multiple injuries, the bullpen continues to be a strength for this team.

Often relief pitching can be up and down from year to year, but the Astros have managed to maintain their high level of performance after a historic postseason.

Things haven't been perfect, Rafael Montero hasn't lived up to his numbers from last year. But the team is getting big contributions from players like Phil Maton, who we didn't expect to be this dominant in 2023. And the rest of the bullpen has been nails for the most part.

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Mike Florio and Chris Simms discuss the Houston Texans' big win over the Jaguars, and share their takeaways from CJ Stroud's impressive start to his career.

Plus, Florio looks back at the draft process and all the negativity surrounding CJ Stroud and his S2 testing. He makes the point that teams were trying to get the Texans and owner Cal McNair to be concerned about his cognitive scores, and pass on him at No. 2 overall.

But the Texans didn't flinch, taking Stroud without hesitation. Florio was impressed the Texans “didn't take the cheese” and it now looks like they have a QB to be excited about moving forward. He goes on to say that the Panthers may already regret passing on Stroud.

Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion.

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