How Houston Astros are finding crucial answers at just the right time

How Houston Astros are finding crucial answers at just the right time
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After some struggles over the last few weeks, the Astros starting rotation seems to be getting back on track with encouraging performances from Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez, and JP France.

The bullpen looks to be in good shape as well, despite one rough outing from Ryan Pressly over the weekend. And Kendall Graveman appears to be just what the doctor ordered, giving Dusty Baker one more high leverage arm to deploy late in games.

But is it enough? Do the Astros have enough pitching to hold off the Mariners and Rangers?

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A lot of the issues that have plagued the Astros this season were on full display on Monday night, as the team coughed up a 2-run lead in the ninth to fall to the Orioles, 8-7.

Houston had a chance to tie the game up in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third base and only one out. But as we've seen over the course of the season, the club wasn't able to get a timely hit in a big spot and it cost them big.

With the Astros scratching and clawing to win the division this year with only 11 games left, we wonder, where does most of the blame fall for the team's performance this season?

If we assigned a percentage of blame to these three categories (underperformance, injuries, Dusty Baker's lineup decisions) how would we divvy it up?

Plus, with so many fans and media calling for Dusty Baker to be fired, we have to wonder. Would a different manager fix what's been ailing the Astros this season?

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