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One unlikely player could be the linchpin of the Texans defense

The Houston Texans are getting ready for a big season, and the defense could certainly use a big boost from Whitney Mercilus returning to his old self.

Mercilus struggled last year coming back from a pectoral injury, so maybe after another year of recovery he can have a big year.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank talks about how Whitney Mercilus could be the key for the Texans defense this year. Point Blank is presented by Fitz Roofing.

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With Jake Odorizzi having completed two rehab starts in the minors, it appears he could join the Astros rotation as soon as July 4th, if the Astros decide to go that route. With Odorizzi's return in mind, will the Astros move to a 6-man rotation considering they only have one off-day before the All-Star break, and 19 consecutive games after the break?

Or, will Cristian Javier once again be moved to the bullpen to make room for Odorizzi and keep Verlander pitching every fifth day?

Plus, we examine how the timing of Lance McCullers' hopeful return may come too late for the Astros to trade away some key starting pitching depth before the trade deadline.

We discuss this and much more in the video above! Check it out!

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