How Rockets could look to swerve teams on draft night using Jalen Green

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The Rockets are reportedly no longer trying to trade up to the #1 spot to draft Cade Cunningham, and are content with drafting Jalen Green at the #2 spot. John Granato and Lance Zierlein of ESPN Houston's The Bench discuss whether this latest rumor about the Rockets is true or whether this is an attempt at gaining leverage on the part of Houston.

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This is a critical stretch for Houston. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros welcomed Jose Abreu back on Monday night against the Mariners. He went 1-3 in the Astros' 3-2 loss.

The 'Stros are now 4.5 games behind the Mariners in the AL West, and have to find a way to at least split the series to stay within striking distance.

And just when we thought the pitching staff might be receiving some reinforcements, we learned over the weekend that Jose Urquidy and Cristian Javier are dealing with forearm discomfort.

They are expected to be evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday, and Javier has already been placed on the injured list.

The heart of the lineup

Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez continue to struggle at the plate. Bregman is four for his last 40, and Alvarez has two home runs in the month of May.

Clutch gene?

The Astros have only one win when down after seven innings, and zero when down after eight innings. Clearly, Breggy and Yordan's issues at the plate are playing a role in these losses.

Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion!

Catch our weekly Stone Cold ‘Stros podcast. Brandon Strange, Josh Jordan, and Charlie Pallilo discuss varied Astros topics. The first post for the week generally goes up Monday afternoon (second part released Tuesday) via The SportsMap HOU YouTube channel or listen to episodes in their entirety at Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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