Here’s how the Astros bullpen debate is being misconstrued

The Houston Astros' struggles haven't been limited to just the offense as of late. The bullpen is always an area of concern, and Rafael Montero and his contract have been a hot topic this week.

Montero signed a new deal with the Astros this offseason while the team was without a general manager, as was first baseman Jose Abreu. With that in mind, Montero is getting similar criticism to Abreu, despite being good for most of the season until his recent hiccups against the Mariners and Angels.

Be sure to check out the video above as we discuss if the criticism of Montero is fair.

Editor's note: The video was shot before Monday night's game against the Angles.

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The Houston Astros haven't counted on their catchers to deliver much offensive production in recent years, with defensive specialist Martin Maldonado being their primary catcher for the last few seasons. But top hitting prospect Yainer Diaz is making a case to get more playing time behind the plate and at first, based on his ability to swing the bat.

Until recently, he hasn't been able to get any meaningful playing time. Even David Hensley, who was optioned to Sugar Land a few weeks ago, has more plate appearances than Diaz this season.

So how does manager Dusty Baker find more opportunities for Diaz? Should he use him more often as a DH, along with getting time at first base and catcher?

And what does that mean for Jose Abreu, Martin Maldonado, and to a lesser extent, former first round pick and Sugar Land Space Cowboy catcher, Korey Lee?

Plus, considering how good the Astros outfielders have been this year, does the team need to grab another bat before the trade deadline?

Don't miss the video above as we break it all down!

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