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Altuve’s back, the Astros are surging — all’s right with the baseball world

The Astros’ championship window seems to still be wide open — is it?


Jose Altuve made his 2023 debut for the Astros this weekend after recovering from a broken thumb he suffered during the World Baseball Classic.


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Don't look now, but here come the Astros. They've won seven straight, ten of their last 11, and were buoyed this weekend by the return of perennial All-Star Jose Altuve. And now, they have only the Texas Rangers in their way of the American League West division lead.

Despite a middling start to the season, it all has seemed…inevitable. And so it is when your ballclub's “championship window” is still open. But how do you know how long it'll stay that way?

In the audio above, we ask Bleav in Astros podcast co-host and Houston Press writer Jeff Balke.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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