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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 21, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Thursday, October 21, 2016.

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Astros News

Houston Astros keep up momentum -- in MLB standings and Ultimate Standings
In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Houston Astros continued to climb after last season's playoff run. They now rank in the top half of MLB teams.

Houston Astros 2016 Season in Review
The Houston Astros didn't quite meet expectations in 2016 for a variety of reasons, but a lack of depth in the rotation was a big part of it.

MLB News

Here are the real villains of the Steve Bartman game -
The Cubs famously blew a 3-0 lead with five outs left in the 2003 NLCS. Say, whose fault was that anyway?

Clayton Kershaw stands between the Cubs and the World Series -
Friday’s Say Hey, Baseball recognizes that the Cubs are just one win away from their first World Series since 1945.

Cubs 8, Dodgers 4: One. Win. Away. - Bleed Cubbie Blue
The World Series beckons, if the Cubs can beat the Dodgers one more time.

Dodgers confidence starts with Clayton Kershaw - True Blue LA
Clayton Kershaw starts Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Wrigley Field, hoping to even the series for the Dodgers against the Cubs.

The Blue Jays were always going to have the most depressing postseason exit -
Don’t write the Blue Jays off for 2017, but lament that we probably won't see a team like this for a while.