FALCON POINTS

Let's discuss a controversial move the Texans must consider

You never know what could happen. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It sounded crazy at the time, but there might be something to a theory A.J. Hoffman threw out on The Blitz on Monday.

Should the Texans sit Deshaun Watson for the rest of the season?

The reasons do make sense. Next year, the team should be better with a new coaching staff and some key acquisitions. Do you really want to risk injury in games that mean nothing? It's not like he will be developing chemistry with next year's receivers. It's not like he needs to learn more of an offense he won't be running. A major knee injury at this time of year could put the start of 2021 in jeopardy.

Would fans revolt? Probably. But would it have any impact on partially full stadiums? Absolutely not. Of course, the NFL would balk because of "integrity" issues, but they lost all right to that argument when they let the Broncos play with a practice squad receiver at quarterback. Worst case, you fake a hamstring injury and sit him. And let's take it a step beyond: While you are at it, give Laremy Tunsil a groin injury. Why take a chance on your two key players in a lost season?

The benefits are obvious, but Romeo Crennel would not make that call. It would have to come from higher up, specifically Cal McNair. Watson and Tunsil would probably balk, but even they have to see the big picture.

The negatives? These meaningless games become even more meaningless. Watson is one of the few players worth watching on the team. It's also something that just isn't done, although players skipping bowl games in college is a bit of a precedent, as is teams sitting stars when playoff berths are settled. Some of the other players might not approve, but it would make sense for the team to get some younger players some playing time and treat it like preseason games.

Of course it sounds silly on the surface. But diving in, would it really be that odd of a decision? And would it be the right one?

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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