Season-altering report on Astros pitcher puts AL West on notice

With the latest positive prognosis for Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez, we discuss the implications on their division. Should the Astros now be the clear favorite to win their division, and are they now legit contenders for a World Series? We think so. If Framber Valdez returns and pitches like in did in 2020, and we see Altuve and Bregman return to form, the sky is the limit for the Astros.

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This week on Stone Cold 'Stros:The WBC is not making fans in the US after some key impactful injuries (Jose Altuve). Weighing Astros options for second base and the leadoff spot. Does Dana Brown lob Yuli Gurriel a call? Jeremy Pena credits another Astros with his postseason success.

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