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The Cubs and Astros didn't play in the 2017 World Series like some predicted years ago, but the rivalry between the two teams may be hotter than ever.

Earlier this week, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel was asked about the possibility of the Astros having a World Series hangover in 2018.

In his response, Keuchel put the North Siders on blast:

"We're not the Cubs," he said. "I firmly believe we have better players."


That's some serious shade from a guy who hasn't even faced off against the Cubs since 2013. Where is all that hatred coming from?

The Cubs even sent the Astros pizza to congratulate them on the World Series championship last fall!

The Cubs and Astros don't face off in the 2018 regular season, but if the two teams fulfill expectations and meet in the World Series, you better believe Keuchel's comments will be brought back up.

It's not even mid-March and there's already some October bulletin board material for Joe Maddon's squad.

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