POINT BLANK PRESENTED BY FITZ ROOFING

How the American League champion Astros stack up to the Nationals

Now that the Astros have finished off the Yankees in the ALCS, it's time to look ahead to see how Houston stacks up to the Washington Nationals.

Luckily, the Astros once again have home-field advantage for this series, so they should continue to feed off the crowd at Minute Maid.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank shares his thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, and gives a prediction for the World Series. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.

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The Astros have now lost five straight games and the starting pitching and bullpen have let them down over that stretch. Cristian Javier was recently demoted to help him build up his stamina so that he can pitch deeper in games as the team's 5th starter when the schedule demands a 5-man starting rotation. But in the meantime, the Astros could desperately use his help out of the bullpen, and he's likely headed for relief duty when Framber Valdez returns from injury anyway. So this begs the question, is a role as the team's fifth starter the best way to maximize Javier's abilities? Check out the video to find out.

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