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Astros: Ten must-watch events of the 2018 season

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 9: Justin Verlander #32 of the Houston Astros enters the game against the Boston Red Sox game four of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Houston Astros advance to the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 9: Justin Verlander #32 of the Houston Astros enters the game against the Boston Red Sox game four of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Houston Astros advance to the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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10. Opening Day at Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrates after scoring a run against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrates after scoring a run against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

When: Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Pitcher: Justin Verlander

The Storyline: What better way to open the season than with your ace? Opening the season on the road versus your in-state rival is a great way to get going. Since the Astros made the move to the American League, the rivalry with the Texas Rangers has gotten fiercer. The Astros and Rangers have been division rivals since 2013, and the Rangers lead the division series 60-35. The ‘Stros bested them last season 12-7, and we all remember the Hurricane Harvey incident that added fuel to the fire in this matchup.

9. Gerrit Cole’s Astros Debut vs. The Texas Rangers

When: Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Pitcher: Gerrit Cole

The Storyline: This is presumably the newly acquired Gerrit Cole’s first start. The Astros get to see what their new toy can do. Slotted 4th on the depth chart of what is arguably the best rotation in the majors is very scary. When trading for an arm like Cole, most MLB teams are trading for an ace. The Astros traded for depth. Let that sink in for a bit as he rolls out his 2.04 spring training ERA.

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