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Who has the best chance at taking down the Astros?


Like the Chicago Cubs going into last season, the Houston Astros enter the 2018 season as the favorites to win the World Series and become the first team to repeat since the 1998-2000 Yankees. But as we talked about in this space last year, there’s a lot that can go wrong, which is why, over the past 40 years, only four World Series championships were earned by the reigning champ (the others were the 1993 Blue Jays and 1978 Yankees).

They can beckon or drive people away. They can be an indicator of joy or the centerpiece of resting bitch face. They’re fickle, but when executed well can be someone’s best tool. More often than not they don’t get the respect they deserve. There are a lot of eyebrows out there that are depressingly underserved or over-groomed.

Adam Rippon’s eyebrows are one of the best sets of eyebrows I’ve ever seen.

Rippon is the darling of the Winter Games so far, with interview after interview and many of his tweets providing fans with a bevy of amazing new catchphrases that are bound to live on long past his moment in the Olympic spotlight. From glamazon bitch ready for the runway to not being able to explain the witchcraft of his age-defying success, every soundbite seems to be better than the last.

The 20-year-old Medrano was 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 12 games, 10 of them starts, in the Dominican Summer League last year. He was signed by Texas as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Later in the draft I did my usual thing, seeking value, getting a decent base of innings, waiting on saves, loading up on offense and then seeking more value. Don’t know why nobody seemed to want the likes of Kyle Hendricks, Nomar Mazara, Brett Gardner and Mark Melancon, but I did! It’s not reaching for Yoan Moncada or Aaron Sanchez if you’re a believer. And never worry about any site’s ADP. Time will tell, I suppose.

Tristan H. Cockcroft: This mock occurred early in spring training, in a season when many free agents remained on the market well beyond the opening of camps, and those players still without teams stood out. Yes, there’s great risk that Jake Arrieta, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb will end up in unfavorable situations for their fantasy value, but aren’t the odds also at least good that each will wind up in roles that will give them fighting chances at repeating (or at least approaching) their 2017 value?royals_036