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Why it's officially time to cover Astros' Yordan Alvarez in Bubble Wrap until postseason

Now's the time to be cautious with the Astros slugger. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images.

The Houston Astros received another scare from Yordan Alvarez on Tuesday night when he had to eventually leave the game with left ankle discomfort after rolling his ankle in the first inning.



Fortunately for Houston, the X-Rays came back negative and Yordan should be okay. But this is just the latest scare with Alvarez. Let's put this in perspective, he seems to deal with a lot of injuries. He's already had surgery on both knees, he's dealt with hand discomfort in both hands, depending on who you talk to, which could require surgery in the offseason if he is in fact dealing with a Hamate bone injury. And let's not forget the concussion symptoms earlier in the season he suffered after crashing into Jeremy Pena.

Yordan also abruptly had to leave a game against the Braves on Aug. 19 that required him being hospitalized with shortness of breath. Now, with the playoffs right around the corner, Yordan is dealing with an ankle injury. The magic number for the Astros is at 1 now, meaning they lock up the top seed in the AL with one more win and seven games to play.

With that being the case, Yordan doesn't need to play anymore in the regular season. Yordan proved against the Yankees this summer that he could come back from extended time off (hand discomfort) and not miss a beat. (He went 2-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI)

It's all about the postseason for this Astros team, so let's not take any chances with Yordan Alvarez. Rest him until the postseason and give the team their best possible chance to bring home another World Series.

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The Houston Texans have already underwhelmed in their first three games of the season, causing many fans and media to voice their doubts about QB Davis Mills, OC Pep Hamilton, and HC Lovie Smith.

Which begs the question, should the organization be patient with these guys? The answer is yes, if we consider the credibility Lovie Smith brings to the team that they haven't had in a while. And if we're being honest with ourselves, Lovie has a lot more to fix than just wins and losses over the first three games of 2022.

Finally, we lay out several reasons why there's no need to panic and the Texans still have time to get things moving in the right direction, Rex Burkhead aside.

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