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THE PAYOFF PITCH ...
JOE LEMIRE
April 04, 2011
BEST CASE
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April 04, 2011

The Payoff Pitch ...

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BEST CASE

Hunter Pence becomes a star, Brett Wallace finds his power stroke, the staff thrives under pitching coach Brad Arnsberg and the Astros play meaningful games in August.

WORST CASE

A historically slow-starting team limps out of the gate, and because of ownership uncertainty—the club is for sale—the front office doesn't trade veterans for more prospects.

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