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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 19, 2017

Your one-stop shop for Houston Astros and news from around the league for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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Astros News

Predicting the Astros' 25-man American League Division Series roster

With the division title in their rearview mirror, the Astros' focus for their final 13 regular season games will center on the race for best record in the American League. To take back the AL's top seed, they need to make up 2.5 games on the Cleveland Indians, a daunting task considering the reigning AL champs have lost only once since Aug. 24.

Astros sell out of playoff tickets in two minutes

The Astros put playoff tickets for three games of the American League Division Series on sale at noon Monday. By 12:02 p.m., those tickets were sold out.

Astros seek best AL record with White Sox in town (Sep 19, 2017)

Now that their pursuit of the American League West pennant is complete, the Houston Astros can focus their attention on two final issues as the regular season winds down.

What was life like when the Houston Astros last won a division title in 2001?

It's been 16 years since the Houston Astros last won a divisional title, making this weekend's clinch of the American League West all the more sweeter for longtime Astros fans.

Inbox: How will Astros' rotation look in playoffs?

Beat reporter Brian McTaggart answers questions from fans

Around the League

Baseball’s booming home runs are getting younger, too

Before this season, there had only been 19 occasions in MLB history in which two teammates in their age 25-or-under season each had reached 30 homers.

Smashing: MLB home run record on track to fall Tuesday

Giancarlo Stanton’s smacks, Aaron Judge’s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable.

Mike Trout is officially the best player in Angels history, and he’s only 26

He would be the best hitter in the history of several other teams, too.

Why All 30 MLB Teams Should Try to Sign Two-Way Phenom Shohei Otani

Thanks to MLB’s absurd international-signing rules and Otani’s lack of professional experience, every club in the league can afford to sign the most coveted free agent since Alex Rodriguez.

The Twins Are Slugging Their Way to October

On August 1st, our Playoff Odds gave the Twins a 3.6% chance of winning one of the two AL Wild Card spots.