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AL West champs to the inevitably doomed Astros
That being said, the overhaul needed for the Astros to find their way back in to relevance needed to be so thorough that the front office essentially needed to dismantle and rebuild their whole lineup and rotation in piecemeal fashion. 2013 is essentially locked down as awful for Houston, and that's ok. The Astros got the first overall pick in 2012, will again in 2013 and if all goes as expected this season, they will take the first pick in 2014 as well. Who does this remind you of? How long ago was it that the Washington Nationals were considered a joke? Keeping that logic in mind, the Astros are doing what they need to do. It's going to be ugly, but it's going to help.