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Myndi Luevano: What's it going to take for the Astros to repeat?

The Astros are off to a good start after winning their opening series against the Rangers. Courtesy photo

It has been a long wait, but the Astros are finally back at Minute Maid to play their home opener against the Orioles. Houston has plenty of talent to win it all again, but they're still willing to try new things to gain a competitive edge. Whether it's shaking up their infield and outfield shifts, or adding a flame-throwing pitcher like Gerrit Cole, the Astros are being aggressive in their attempt to win back-to-back titles.

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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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