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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 19, 2015

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Carlos Gomez injury update and the shortcomings of OPS

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Astros News:

Astros’ Carlos Gomez improving, but still unable to swing a bat - Ultimate Astros
Although Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez noticed some improvement with his strained left intercostal muscle Friday, he still was not ready to play in a game or even take batting practice.

Astros’ Class AA manager Rodney Linares joins big league club - Ultimate Astros
Class AA Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares, the 2015 Texas League Manager of the Year, joined the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday as an extra coach on A.J. Hinch’s staff.

The Astros Are Showing Signs Of Fatigue " CBS Houston
Former Astros skipper Phil Garner joins 'In The Loop'.

Where would the Astros be without Carlos Correa? | FOX Sports
The Houston Astros' playoff hopes might have been thrown into jeopardy after being swept by the Texas Rangers in a four-game series this week, but they're not dead in the water just yet.

Josh Fields and the Value of Faith and Positive Thinking | FanGraphs Baseball
Over the last calendar year, Houston righty Josh Fields has been a top-30 reliever. That may not be the type of lede that grabs you by your collar and shakes a click out of you, but the "how" might intrigue you.

MLB News:

Yoenis Cespedes will look for 6-year contract | MLB.com
If the Mets have any designs on keeping Yoenis Cespedes around after this season, they'll need to sign him to one of the richest contracts they've given out in their history.

Jung Ho Kang's injury shows need to change rules on takeout slides | SI.com
The Pirates' chances of overtaking the Cardinals in the National League Central suffered a serious blow this week, as they lost three out of four games to the Cubs at home. The most devastating aspect of that defeat came on Thursday, when shortstop Jung Ho Kang was lost for the remainder of this season—and the start of next—due to a severe injury to his left knee, one caused by a takeout slide by Chicago’s Chris Coghlan.

Choosing the 12 contenders' most indispensable players. - Sports On Earth
The Pirates lost Jung Ho Kang for the season Thursday, a nightmare scenario for a playoff team at this point of the season. All 12 contenders have an indispensable player whom it would be devastating to lose. Let's take a look at each hypothetical.

Separate but not quite equal: Why OPS is a "bad" statistic - Beyond the Box Score
A quick review of why OPS isn't the best way to judge a player's overall offensive ability.

Rafael Palmeiro drives in a run in debut with Sugar Land Skeeters - Ultimate Astros
Fifty-year-old Rafael Palmeiro went 2 for 4 with an RBI in his return to professional baseball with the Sugar Land Skeeters on Friday at Constellation Field.

Desperately trying to hold onto good vibes after a crappy sports week