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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 18th, 2018

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League Championship Series - Boston Red Sox v Houston Astros - Game Four
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Astros News

Houston’s season hangs in the balance after a tough loss puts the Astros down 3-1 in the ALCS (
It sure didn’t help that Boston got an assist from terrible umpire and forever-villain Joe West (ESPN)
Though the game did feature the softest home run of the postseason thanks to the might of Tony Kemp (
Who has had a knack for the clutch hit all year (House of Houston)
Altuve will return to the field for Game 5 (Houston Chronicle)
Oh look, the Astros were completely cleared of cheating by the league yesterday (USA Today)
Which is good considering how bad they seem to be at it (The Ringer)
You can review the whole “cheating” saga here (Astros County)

Around the League

Kershaw temporarily exorcises his postseason demons, dominating Milwaukee to give the Dodgers a 3-2 NLCS edge (True Blue LA)
That game would also feature starting pitcher shenanigans as Craig Counsell pulled Wade Miley after just one batter (Brew Crew Ball)
Which was Counsell’s plan all along as Miley will now start Game 6 after his Game 5 bullpen session (CBS Sports)
Manny Machado has had a tough week, but is he really a dirty player? (La Vida Baseball)
Yes he is (FanGraphs)
And he was fined $10,000 for that cheap shot at first in Game 4 (USA Today)
Boston will send a convalesced Chris Sale to the mound for Game 5 to try and close out Houston (Fansided)
But he may not even be needed if Jackie Bradley Jr. keeps on crushing the Astros (Houston Chronicle)