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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 17, 2015

News and notes from around the league and at home.

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Astros News:

The Houston Astros arrived earlier than expected and should be even more dangerous next season | FOX Sports
The Houston Astros arrived earlier than expected and should be even more dangerous next season.

End of the Road 2015: Houston Astros | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Houston Astros lost the ALDS to the Toronto Blue Jays Chicago Cubs and have been eliminated from the postseason. Let's look back at their 2015 season, for better or worse.

Houston Astros' surprising playoff run ends in Kansas City - SweetSpot - ESPN
The Astros accomplished a lot more this season than the experts predicted. But their surprise run to the playoffs will provide little consolation.

With Small Steps, Royals Surge Past Astros and Return to the A.L.C.S. - The New York Times
Little things once again added up for Kansas City, which got a strong eight-inning outing from Johnny Cueto and completed a series comeback against Houston.

Astros postpone center field renovation
HOUSTON - The Astros have decided to postpone plans to renovate center field. On June 4, the Astros announced the original renovation plans of center

Mad Dash: Astros bullpen catcher has classy gesture for Royals fans | NBC on Yahoo Sports - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In today's Mad Dash: The Astros' bullpen catcher is a cool dude, Sammy Watkins participates in a stupid drill, and Johnny Manziel gets a dog.

Astros Season Ends, but Future is Bright | Houston Press
The Astros fell to the Royals 7-2 on Wednesday, but things are looking up for Houston's MLB franchise.

Other Baseball News:

Ranking the 4 possible World Series matchups -
Spoiler: They're all great matchups. But there has to be a favorite, right?

Volquez Dominates to Net Royals 1-0 ALCS Lead - Royals Review
It was the best all-around game of the postseason thus far for the Royals, who silenced the best offense in baseball to seize a 1-0 series advantage.

We made the guy who correctly predicted the Mets-Cubs NLCS in 2013 predict more things -
Another prediction: "The Cleveland Browns will win a playoff game this decade."

Here's Marlins Man helping a person in a horse mask back to their seat at the ALCS -

Cubs' Kyle Schwarber and his monster homer are now a flipbook with a really neat ending -
Hey there, smiling Harry Caray!