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How the defending American League champion Astros stack up with the A's

Now that we know who the Astros will be facing in the next round of the playoffs, be sure to check out the video as we preview the 2020 ALDS: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics.

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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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