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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 8, 2015

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It's ALDS Day! Here are news and previews for the Astros vs the Royals and the Rangers vs the Blue Jays

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Astros News:

Inside the ALDS: Astros vs. Royals matchups - Ultimate Astros
The Astros and Royals might share similar blueprints in the big picture, but their on-field styles are as disparate as they come.

Game 1 starter Collin McHugh epitomizes Astros’ transformation into playoff team - Ultimate Astros
Perhaps more than any Astro, McHugh embodies the Astros’ ascension from laughingstock to a postseason berth.

Astros Scott Kazmir to start Game 2 of ALDS | MLB.com
Kazmir has appeared in eight playoff games with Tampa Bay and the Angels -- going 1-2 with a 5.20 ERA in 36 1/3 innings.

Dallas Keuchel and the Heart | FanGraphs Baseball
Dallas Keuchel has found what works for him. And he’d never looked less like himself in Tuesday’s superb Wild Card start than on his final pitch of the evening:

Astros manager Hinch confident in relievers | MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The Astros' bullpen might not strike fear in the hearts of opponents in the same fashion as the Royals', but manager A.J. Hinch can't help but feel confident in his group of relievers heading into the American League Division Series based on how they've performed for much of season.

A look back at the Royals-Astros season series - Royals Review
The Royals struggled against the Astros in the regular season, but there's plenty to inspire confidence as the team heads into the ALDS.

A House Divided – Kansas City Vs. Houston " CBS Houston
As the American League Division Series is about to begin between the Astros and the Royals, I have a battle raging in my house.

Playoff Roundup:

Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler hit home runs in win over Pirates | MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- As champagne dripped from his nose and matted down his close-cropped hair, Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber was not only smiling, but he began to smirk. As the party raged on in front of him, Schwarber could still see the baseball that disappeared behind the right-field stands at PNC Park.

Benches clear in Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game after Jake Arrieta hit by pitch
Benches cleared Wednesday night in the National League wild-card game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates when Cubs ace Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch from Tony Watson.

View from the other side: Texas Rangers questions for Adam J. Morris of Lone Star Ball - Bluebird Banter
Tomorrow we have playoff baseball in Toronto. Something we've been missing for the last couple of years (it's only been 2 years hasn't it?).

Royals are most clutch team in baseball | MLB.com
The Royals just finished up one of the most clutch seasons in decades, and no, that's not a typo

22 years is a long time - Bluebird Banter
On Thursday, I'm going to get to see something I haven't seen, well, something none of us have seen, in 22 years.

The quiet trade deadline didn't doom the Yankees. It might have saved them. - SBNation.com
The Yankees coughed up a huge division lead and sputtered into a quick postseason exit, but at least they didn't compound their mistake.

Kansas City here we come!