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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 1st, 2015

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Links and Astros news after a night when the Astros took back playoff position.

Should Carlos Correa be the AL Rookie of the Year?
Should Carlos Correa be the AL Rookie of the Year?
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Astros News

Astros top Seattle to retake Wild Card lead | astros.com
The Astros got homers from Luis Valbuena and Chris Carter and used five relief pitchers to overcome a rough outing by starter Scott Kazmir and outlast the Mariners, 7-6, in the series finale Wednesday night at Safeco Field. With the win, the Astros jumped ahead of the Angels and back into the second Wild Card spot.

Astros Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh set to open series vs. Diamondbacks - Ultimate Astros

The rotation for the three games that will determine if the Astros play anymore in 2015 has firmed, and it starts with the ace.

Pat Neshek struggling in September | MLB.com

What really bothers veteran relief pitcher Pat Neshek is that he feels good on the mound.

Astros Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh set to open series vs. Diamondbacks - Ultimate Astros

The rotation for the three games that will determine if the Astros play anymore in 2015 has firmed, and it starts with the ace.

Astros making changes to Minor League staffing | astros.com

Tom Lawless, who managed the Astros for the final 24 games of last season on an interim basis to replace Bo Porter, was among a handful of Minor League staffers who were dismissed by the club.

The Player Who’s Most Hurt the Astros | FanGraphs Baseball
This one stings a bit.

Should Carlos Correa Win AL Rookie of the Year?

Has Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor passed Houston Astros' Carlos - SweetSpot - ESPN
After a slow start at the plate, Francisco Lindor has challenged Carlos Correa as the AL's top rookie with a .311 batting average entering Tuesday.

Searching for Clarity in the Closely Contested Carlos Correa vs. Francisco Lindor AL Rookie of the Year Debate "
Michael Baumann breaks down the race for Rookie of the Year in the AL. Personally I would rank power over defense and give the award to Correa.

Around the Majors

Blue Jays smash way to AL East championship | MLB.com
The Blue Jays are not only going back to the postseason for the first time since 1993 but they're going in as the American League East champions.

Cards rout Bucs in Game 2 to clinch Central | MLB.com
It has been an extraordinary season for the St. Louis Cardinals, so why wouldn't they raise a third consecutive National League Central pennant in extraordinary fashion?

Anthony Rizzo, Bruised Into History | FanGraphs Baseball
Anthony Rizzo achieves the rare feat of 30 home runs and 30 hit by pitch in the same year.

The Great American Pitching Experiment: Why the Reds Won’t Stop Starting Rookies "
The Reds have started a rookie pitcher for a record 59 straight games.

Majority of baseball brawls are between players of different ethnicities | HardballTalk
Something to think about the next time a player takes offense at Carlos Gomez on the field.