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Super Astros Crawfish Boil: May 31, 2015

Astros news and notes from the past week.

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Good morning boys and girl. There appears to be one clear narrative that was given by national editors this week...explain the Astros. Why have they been good this season? Where did they come from? Will they stay at the top? etc. But multiple national sources had major articles about the Astros. Only going to show the Astros are front and center on the national stage now. Let's read some stories....

What's Houston Astros' formula for early-season success? - SweetSpot - ESPN
A power-packed lineup, impressive bullpen and improved defense could be enough for the Astros to sustain their surprising success.

The Astros are a joy, and dangerous |
The Astros are an absolute joy to watch. That's surely one part of this season's sweetest and most improbable story. They have youth and energy, resilience and toughness. They have some confidence, too, growing day by day. Is there anything else? Yes, there is. They're a simple team in a lot of ways. They hit home runs in bunches and play very good defense and hold onto leads when they get them. Isn't that a formula for success right there?

Manny Machado on promoting Carlos Correa: ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ - Ultimate Astros
The Orioles were in second place behind the Yankees in the American League East by 4 1/2 games at the end of play on Aug. 8, 2012. The next day, a 20-year-old shortstop named Manny Machado was promoted to the majors straight from Class AA.

Remember when the Astros were (reportedly) a mess? | FOX Sports
One year ago, a long story in a Houston newspaper raised a great number of questions about the management of the Astros. So much can change in just one year...

Creative Spending Benefits the Astros -
A clever use of bonus money brought pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and shortstop Carlos Correa to Houston in 2012, and McCullers is now headed to the majors.

From sellers to cellar to stellar: Astros rise quickly to top of AL
BALTIMORE - During spring training, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow gathered his 2015 club and asked Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez to stand up. Only those three had been with the

The Astros Are Making A Historic Turnaround | FiveThirtyEight
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle.

Rookie Michael Feliz ready to contribute for Astros - Ultimate Astros
Rookie righthander Michael Feliz, 21, wasted no time telling Astros pitching coach Brent Strom he was ready to contribute after he was promoted from Class AA Corpus Christi on Friday afternoon.

Do Astros have enough pitching to stay atop the AL West? | The Seattle Times
Last season, the American League West was considered by many — specifically, people playing within it — one of the toughest divisions in baseball with the Angels leading the league in victories with 98 while the A’s and Mariners battled to the last day of the season for a wild-card spot.

More likely to keep up hot start: Cardinals or Astros? - MLB -
Both the Cardinals and Astros have 30 wins each and the best record in their respective leagues. But which team is more likely to sustain its hot start?

Into Orbit
The Astros weren’t supposed to be this good this soon. Thanks to maturing talent, shrewd investments, and a fierce commitment to a controversial rebuilding process, however, they’re leading the AL West before the top-prospect cavalry even arrives.