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Yordan Alvarez's stats aren't deceptive; he's crushing baseballs

Yordan Alvarez continues to smash baseballs and it doesn't look like that's going to change anytime soon.

The Astros are starting to get healthy with Jose Altuve back and George Springer expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against the Pirates.

Hopefully the Astros can bounce back after a tough week and get things going in the right direction with their stars returning to form, and the phenom blasting home runs at an outrageous clip.

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Justin Verlander had Tommy John surgery in 2020. But at age 39, he may have put together his best career season, leading the American League with 18 wins and a 1.75 ERA, the best mark in the AL since Pedro Martinez in 2000.

He's a lock to win the AL Cy Young Award, which would be his second in Houston. He also helped the Astros win a World Series and go to another. So where does he rank all time among Houston athletes?

Paul's rankings... 1. Hakeem Olajuwon 2. Jose Altuve 3. Justin Verlander 4. Moses Malone 5. J.J. Watt 6. Earl Campbell 7. Nolan Ryan 8. Jeff Bagwell 9. Craig Biggio 10. Andre Johnson

That's right. No James Harden. Fight me.

Check out the video above to watch the full conversation.

Listen live to the Paul Gallant Show every weekday 10 - noon CT on ESPN 97.5 & 92.5 Houston.

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