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Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the 8th inning Tuesday night. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

Water is truly amazing. It covers about 70% of the Earth's surface, makes up about 60% of our bodies, and is necessary for most lifeforms. We use it for food, drink, to clean, and all sorts of other things. Water can also be destructive. Floods and leaks cause damage to homes, as we all know too well. Dirty water leads to bacteria and disease. Sitting water and moist conditions leads to mold and mildew. So, for as beneficial as water can be, it can also be very harmful.

There's a saying about water: it will always find its level and/or the path of least resistance. So will the Astros. This team has taken several hits over the last few years. Players have come and gone, star players at that. The general manager and manager that helped bring a World Series to the city and helped reshape this organization were unceremoniously fired following the team being made the face of an age-old cheating scandal. Not to mention the owners locked the players out for the majority of this past offseason which cut spring training short tremendously.

After starting the season 7-8, the team has gone 12-3 in their last 15 games and is within one game of the division lead as of this writing. Fans and some media hit the panic button a tad too early. They thought the loss of talent, leadership changes, and setbacks were too much for this team to overcome. They thought the ride was finally coming to an end. The string of playoff appearances had come to a jolting halt. What they failed to realize was, the season had just started. Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. At 30 games played, we're barely at the 20% mark of the season.

Two players come to mind when looking at the way this season has started: Justin Verlander and Jeremy Peña. Verlander is the pitching staff's unquestioned ace. The future Hall of Famer is coming off Tommy John surgery after missing all but one start the last two seasons. Who would've thought he was capable of having a 1.55 ERA through his first six starts? Verlander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Twins on Tuesday night. He's been unbelievable.

Peña had the unenviable task of replacing Carlos Correa. His defense, leadership, and "It Factor" aren't enough to eclipse what Correa brought to the table, but this kid is a baller! He's come up with big hits and timely plays to make you forget he's a rookie. I'm looking forward to watching him grow.

Water is also necessary for life and growth. When a seed is planted, it needs sunlight and water to grow. When it's damaged, water helps it repair itself. The Astros' tree has taken some hits over the years after it became fully grown. It's still producing fruit, still goes through the seasons, and still standing strong. Sometimes we see trees take hits during storms, but they survive. The Astros aren't only surviving, they're thriving. Verlander and Peña are only two of the buckets of water that are fueling the tree. This season has just started. The water is finding its level. The tree is repairing itself. The Angels better watch their ass because the Astros are hot on their trails! This run has put the league on notice that the Astros aren't going anywhere.

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Deshaun Watson will make his Cleveland Browns debut this Sunday against his former team at NRG Stadium. Watson has completed his suspension from the NFL for alleged sexual misconduct with dozens of massage therapists, and this Sunday will be the first game he has played in 700 days.

The Browns sit at 4-7 hoping Watson will be the spark the team needs to stack some wins and get into the Wild Card race. The Texans are still searching for their second win of the season, and many believe the team will be hiring another head coach come January.

With this in mind, who has the worst reputation? The Texans or Deshaun Watson?

It seems like an easy answer with Watson's legal troubles, but upon further review, the answer has to be the Texans. The Texans have hired two consecutive coaches that no other NFL team even interviewed. It seems like no quality candidates have any interest in coaching the Texans. Watson, however, had teams lining up for his services when the Texans decided to trade him.

Be sure to check out the video above as we dive into this topic and make a convincing case, as crazy as it sounds, that Watson is perceived to have a better reputation.

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