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

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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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Jose Abreu looks lost at the plate.Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

We're only 14 games into the Astros season, but Jose Abreu is currently hitting .081 and has been moved down to the eight spot in the batting order. Is the end of Jose Abreu's time with the Astros approaching? Should it be already?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank discuss his slow start to the season, and future with the club.

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