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3 reasons why the Astros could win 100 games

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The Astros have viable trade options now to get a “World Series piece.”

The Astros have five starting pitchers — seven when McCullers and Odorizzi return this year. They have three centerfielders not named Pedro Leon. They have Triple-A depth in Enoli Paredes, Josh James, Niko Goodrum and Taylor Jones that could draw interest from major-league clubs.

And they have the mysterious and talented arm rumored to be known as Forrest Whitley, who is eyeing a rehab assignment, according to Astros Future.

The Astros don’t have enough to get a “Max Scherzer Type” player, but the Astros now have options at the deadline if they wanted to go get a significant piece for a title run.

This is a testament to the Astros’ brilliant development staff. Over the years, the Astros have made guys like JD Davis, Myles Straw, Bryan de La Cruz and Abraham Toro legitimate lineup options that they can leverage in trades.

And the terrific play of Chas McCormick and Jose Siri has significantly boosted their trade values and gives the Astros more options at the deadline than I originally thought. While the platoon awaits its fait, Jake Meyers nears a return, starting with live at-bats in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Houston could explore acquiring another starting quality pitcher — Frankie Montas or Luis Castillo. The club could offer one of its centerfielders and a few prospects to get that guy. Or if the Astros decide they need more offense at the catcher position, they have some realistic pieces to potentially get a Willson Contreras or Sean Murphy.

General manager James Click doesn’t hit on every move, but I trust with his vaunted trade pieces around him, he can find an impact player to help the Astros win even more games and hopefully a championship.

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The grass is green, Astros fans. I could be very wrong and this time next month you can go after me on Twitter if it would make you feel better. But the Astros have a sneaky deep roster, even for their recent standards, and project to only rake up more wins.

Sit back and enjoy.

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