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Pettitte could be better than Beltran

Game 1 winner Andy Pettitte may turn out to be more valuable than Carlos Beltran was last October, writes Jayson Stark.

Updated: October 6, 2005, 9:06 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Isn't it funny how The Guy Who Isn't Here -- some guy named Beltran -- comes up in so many conversations about the Houston Astros this October?

But maybe it's The Guy Who Wasn't There last October who could turn out to make the bigger impact on a franchise whose previous 43 seasons all had one thing in common: They ended somewhere other than a World Series.

That Guy Who Wasn't There Last October went to the mound Wednesday in the Astros' 10-5 mashing of the Braves ...

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