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Houston Astros players observe a moment of silence before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Houston. The Astros are wearing an HFD patch on their uniforms to honor four Houston firefighters who were killed while battling a hotel fire last week in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Astros players observe a moment of silence before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Houston. The Astros are wearing an HFD patch on their uniforms to honor four Houston firefighters who were killed while battling a hotel fire last week in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

There is something going on in Houston right now that hasn’t happened in the city in ten years. There is a playoff atmosphere surrounding Minute Maid Park and these Astros.

Thousands of people still believe that the Astros play in the National League Central, and now they are about to win the American League West. The Astros are due much credit though, having stayed tight with the team with a future Hall of Famer and the best player in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels.

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The Astros beat out the strong looking Mariners with Robinson CanoFelix Hernandez, and Nelson Cruz. But the Astros’ key to finishing the season strong is to keep up the way they have all season. The Astros have fallen off the map a bit lately, going 2-7 in their last nine games. In my opinion, I believe that the Astros will win this division.

The pitching staff is outstanding, with Keuchel and Scott Kazmir leading the way. The offense is star stuttered with Carlos Gomez, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Chris Carter, Evan Gattis, Luis Valbuena, Colby Rasmus, Jed Lowrie, and Preston Tucker.

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The Angels just don’t have a strong enough pitching rotation to win this division in my opinion. That staff is going to have to do a lot to improve over the final stretch of the season. The trade for Carlos Gomez is what really sealed the deal, he is the leadoff hitter this team needed and provides great veteran leadership in a very young locker room.

Even if the Astros don’t bring home the pennant, they will be a wild card team. There will be meaningful baseball played in Houston come October.

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Nathan Pigg

Spark Sports Baseball Analyst

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