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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 12th, 2018

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MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

This might come as a shock to some of you, but the Astros are the best team left in October (Beyond the Box Score)
Which explains why their bullpen has an edge over their Boston counterparts (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
But this just might be two of the best teams ever to meet in the postseason (the Athletic, $$$)
And the Red Sox could have been better if they hadn’t missed the boat on Alex Bregman (WEEI Sports Radio)
Cora and Hinch may have bonded last year, but the ALCS is win or go home (USA Today)
Turns out that the Pressly and Maldonado moves are paying big time dividends for Houston (
Look, Joe West may be crew chief of the ALCS, but at least it’s not Angel Hernandez (NBC Sports)
Jake Marisnick might just have an edge where it comes to the Green Monster (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

Here’s some fun facts in all 4 possible World Series match ups (
The Brewers have named three actual starters for the first three games of the NLCS (TMJ-4)
And apparently it was rankling MLB and the Dodgers that they waited so long to announce (Brew Crew Ball)
Probably because they were worried about facing the dominant bullpen Milwaukee has assembled (ESPN)
Which is why the Dodgers will need to take advantage of a weak starting staff (True Blue LA)
Severino may be this year’s “was he tipping pitches?” candidate in the postseason (Fancred Sports)
Adam Wainwright will return to the Cardinals organization for the 15th year (Bleacher Report)