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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 13th, 2018

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League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers - Game One Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Astros News

If there’s one thing we’re seeing, it’s that the Astros have found even more ways to dominate (ESPN)
So much so that the 108-win Red Sox could conceivably be the underdogs in the ALCS (The Athletic, $$$)
To that note, guess who most of the eggheads at SI picked to win the ALCS (Sports Illustrated)
An ALCS that saw some roster shakeups for Houston (WEEI Sports Radio)
But that probably won’t matter too much if George Springer can stay in postseason mode (ESPN)
Let’s just hope that Andrew Benintendi isn’t bitter about being passed up by Houston in 2015 (NESN)
The Green Monster might actually hurt more than help the Red Sox (Houston Chronicle)
Ryan Pressly features the most unhittable pitch on the Astros’ staff (FanGraphs)
Justin Verlander scoffs at your notions of retirement (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

The Brewers slapped around Kershaw before fending off a late-inning rally to take Game 1 of the NLCS (Brew Crew Ball)
Which was the shortest postseason start of Kershaw’s career (
Milwaukee won the offseason, which is kind of rare for a division winner (538 Sports)
They’ve also deployed an interesting strategy with starting pitching, and it might just pay off (FanGraphs)
Looks like Didi will sit out a chunk of the Yankees’ 2019 season after he has Tommy John surgery (Bleacher Report)
Which might cause New York to open their wallet for Manny Machado (Newsday)
Or pursue Harper, which would muddle San Francisco’s plans (San Francisco Chronicle)