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ESPN Analyst Steve Berthiaume Picks Astros To Win NL Central

I took a double take, too. Steve Berthiaume has been high on the Astros for quite some time. In September of 2010, Berthiaume explained his "crazy" prediction; but you know what, he kind of makes sense. Now, a lot, a whole lot, will have to go right for the 'Stros to make some noise in 2011, but Berthiaume is particularly high on Chris Johnson and this pitching staff:

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“The Houston Astros will win the NL Central in 2011. I'm calling it right now — Astros '11 division champs.” — ESPN baseball analyst Steve Berthiaume, September 20, 2010

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The season has yet to start, and the team is already dealing with injuries to Clint Barmes and J.A. Happ. Oh, and uber-prospect Jason Castro is also out for the year. But I like the ballsy-ness of Berthiaume.

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Can the Astros be last year's Padres? Who knows. But we'll find out soon enough. 

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