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"No one acquisition guarantees a successful October. We’re in a stretch in which the eventual champion was helped in the playoffs by a midseason pickup, and fans wanting Felipe Vazquez or Robbie Ray or Mike Minor were quick to cite Verlander and Aroldis Chapman and Johnny Cueto, all with rings earned after deadline deals. Baseball is harder than that, though, and even adding Greinke, even creating the best playoff rotation we’re going to see this year [nods respectfully to Los Angeles], the Astros haven’t guaranteed anything except that they’re better today than they were yesterday. That’s a good day’s work."