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How Astros' Justin Verlander is defying the odds and maybe the big picture

Justin Verlander is being used at an alarming rate. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

ESPN Houston's The Killer B's react to the massive workload Justin Verlander is undertaking in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. At the time of this posting, Justin Verlander leads all American League pitchers in innings pitched with 78.2.

Are the Astros and Verlander missing the big picture and putting themselves at risk of running out of steam late in the season?

Check out the video below to find out.

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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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