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Here’s why imminent change should be near for Astros third act
The Houston Astros are currently sitting three games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, which has some concerned that the team could be running out of time to win the division.
There doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency from manager Dusty Baker, who continues to start players that don't give the Astros the best chance to win on a daily basis. Houston only recording two hits in Justin Verlander's first start back with the team is a prime example.
Choosing to play Martin Maldonado, Mauricio Dubon, AND Grey Kessenger in the same game caught a lot of attention over the weekend. Nobody was surprised that the team failed to get anything going offensively with that lineup in place. Which has many fans and media wondering why Baker is managing this team like he has a 5-game lead in the division.
Also, the Astros may get a shot in the arm with Jon Singleton joining the big league ball club after pummeling Triple A pitching in Sugar Land. While Singleton joining the team could be a good thing, it could also lead to less at-bats for Yainer Diaz.
On the positive side, maybe Singleton's arrival could create more days off for Jose Abreu, who has returned to being one of the worst hitters in MLB. Currently, he has the 8th-worst OPS in baseball (.641).
Don't miss the video above as we discuss John Granato's prediction that the Astros will finish the season with a 6-game lead over the Rangers, how likely that is at this late stage of the season, and much more.
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