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Former Houston Astros All-Star shares unique perspective on state of the roster

Michael Bourn loves the Astros' chances this year. Composite image by Jack Brame

Former Houston Astros All-Star Michael Bourn joined ESPN Houston's The Wheelhouse to talk all things Astros, his time playing for the team in his MLB career, and much more!


Plus, Bourn gives his predictions for this season and lays out why he believes the Astros will win the division again, and compete for another World Series in 2022. He also uses his own experience to break down the Astros platoon in center field.

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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

Be sure to check out the video above as we debate this hot topic!

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