How national narrative about Texans just took a most unexpected turn

SAY WHAT?

As the Texans prepare to play the most important game of the year against the Colts, they're getting a lot of attention from the national media.

Just this week, Colin Cowherd ranked the Texans as one of his Top 10 teams, but he took some heat for not knowing Tank Dell is currently on IR, and that the Texans haven't clinched a playoff spot yet.

Which got us thinking. Is it a sign of disrespect that so many national pundits don't know that much about the team? Or are they not watching Texans games because they haven't played in prime time all season?

In Cowherd's case, it doesn't look like disrespect, after all he ranked them 9th in front of the Dolphins in his Top 10. It's more likely that most of his knowledge about Houston comes from highlights and the Red Zone Channel.

And if most of the national media is like Cowherd, winning in prime time this Saturday night will go a long way in earning respect outside of Houston.

Plus, while the Texans-Titans game was well attended, there were still some empty seats at NRG. If the Texans make the playoffs, should we expect fans to pack the stadium next season, and go back to the glory days when there was a waiting list for season tickets?

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A's defeat the Astros, 4-0. Composite Getty Image.

Hogan Harris and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-0 on Monday night.

Harris (2-3) allowed seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and matched his career-high of seven strikeouts. The win was Harris’ first since June 18.

The game took 2 hours, 7 minute and was played in front of an announced crowd of 4,517

JJ Bleday had three hits while Lawrence Butler and Max Schuemann added two hits each to pace the A’s to their second win in eight games against the Astros.

Houston went into the day tied for first place with Seattle atop the AL West.

Oakland has the fifth-most errors (61) in the majors but turned three triple plays to match St. Louis for the most in baseball (103).

Austin Adams followed Harris and retired Alex Bregman on a swinging strikeout, ending a two-on, two-out threat in the seventh.

Lucas Erceg retired three batters, and Mason Miller pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the game.

Yordan Alvarez doubled in four plate appearances after hitting for the the cycle against Seattle on Sunday. Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena added two hits for the Astros.

The A’s got their sputtering offense going early, stringing together four consecutive one-out hits off Astros starter Spencer Arrighetti in the third.

Miguel Andujar doubled in a run with a drive down the left field line, and a second run scored when Astros left fielder Mauricio Dubón fumbled trying to retrieve the ball. Bleday followed with an RBI double to put the A’s ahead 3-0.

Schuemann singled in Zack Gelof in the fourth to make it 4-0.

Arrighetti (4-8) allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Former All-Star INF Aledmys Díaz was called up from the Florida Coast League and added to the roster. Díaz, who began the season with Oakland before his release on July 5, played first base and went 0-for-3. … C Victor Caratini (hip) was activated off the 10-day Injured List. INF Greg Kessinger and C César Salazar were optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land. INF David Hensley was designated for assignment.

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Astros’ rookie RHP Jake Bloss (0-0, 4.70 ERA) faces Oakland in his third career start Tuesday. The A’s plan to go with RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-1, 3.44), who will be making his second start of the season after a stellar stint in the bullpen.

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