5 Takeaways From Houston Astros’ Win Over Texas Rangers

5 Takeaways From Houston Astros' Win Over Texas Rangers

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A win is a win, and this early in the season, a win may not seem nearly as important, especially on a team such as the Houston Astros, where the playoffs aren’t a realistic possibility. That being said, Saturday’s win against in-state rival Texas Rangers showed some huge positives for the team going forward. For starters, the Astros were riding a 12-game losing streak against the Rangers, so that horrible skid is over.

5. The Astros Beat The Rangers

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5. The Astros Beat The Rangers

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It does need to be restated, the Astros finally managed to beat the Rangers. After compiling two hits in 12 innings in their 1-0 loss in the series opener, the tide finally turned. It goes without saying, but if the Astros ever want to be competitive in the AL West, they're going to have to find ways to beat the Rangers, and they've finally done that.

4. Bo Porter Is Perfect Manager For Astros

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4. Bo Porter Is Perfect Manager For Astros

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Hiring a rookie manager for a rebuilding team was a bold move, but it's by and large turning out to be the right one. Bo Porter clearly knows how to get through to his players. After being no-hit through three innings, Porter gave his team a pep talk between innings and just like that, they're winning the game. Both Jarred Cosart and Robbie Grossman credit their breakout performance to the words Porter told them during the game.

3. Astros' Bullpen Is Still Unsteady

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3. Astros' Bullpen Is Still Unsteady

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The takeaways for this game weren't all positive. It still can't be ignored that the only reason the Astros needed such a heroic game was because the bullpen yet again failed to hold onto a lead. Matt Albers and Kevin Chapman combined to give up the lead in the last two innings, which was eerily reminiscent of last year. The only difference was the end result.

2. Jarred Cosart May Have Turned The Corner

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2. Jarred Cosart May Have Turned The Corner

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Jarred Cosart has been completely hit or miss. When he surrendered two runs early on, it felt like another miss. But against all odds, he gathered himself, thanks in part to Porter, and was able to put forth a stellar outing, striking out eight hitters in seven innings. Hopefully this means he's finally turned the corner into consistency.

1. Robbie Grossman Is Back

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1. Robbie Grossman Is Back

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Robbie Grossman was one of the few shining spots of the Astros' 2013 season, so when he clambered out to an .063 batting average, it was quite worrisome. But in his last three games, Grossman is 3-9 with two homeruns, five RBIs, three runs and only two strikeouts. Let's hope he's back for good.

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