Here’s why Houston Astros under-the-radar pivot options look so promising

The Houston Astros have a ton of depth on their pitching staff, and with Lance McCullers being shutdown from throwing, it looks like they're going to need it early in the season.

The loss of Justin Verlander looks like it might hurt a little more than initially thought, and we discuss if owner Jim Crane is having second thoughts about letting him walk.

Plus, we examine some options the Astros could use this season to soften the blow of Verlander's departure. Hunter Brown, Forrest Whitley, and Brandon Bielak come to mind. But what about Bryan Abreu? Could he start some games and work out of the bullpen, similarly to how Cristian Javier did last season?

Peter Gammons thinks it could be a possibility, but we haven't heard anything about it from the Astros at this point.

Be sure to check out the video above as we cover all the angles.

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The Astros have been staying afloat in spite of injuries to several of their starting pitchers, in large part due to contributions from Brandon Bielak and JP France.

Does this mean they don't need to make a trade for an arm?

Make sure to watch the video above as Paul weighs in on the team's options at the trade deadline.

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