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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 19th, 2018

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Links. Baseball. Ugh.

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

Somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in H-town—the mighty Astros have struck out (MLB.com)
A big part of that was Game 4’s fan interference call, which was also a call for MLB to fix its broken replay system (Bleacher Report)
Altuve had some thoughts on that call as well (La Vida Baseball)
Now that the offseason has been so cruelly thrust upon us, we might as well look at contract situations heading into 2019 (Houston Chronicle)
One secure contract is Verlander, who might jsut be the best trade deadline acquisition ever (The Ringer)
This year’s run to the ALCS as well as last year’s title was backed by a roster built from the ground up (Call to the Pen)
For a town on the verge of winning the pennant yesterday, Boston was pretty salty after MLB declared Houston wasn’t cheating (Boston Herald)

Around the League

Speaking of that controversy, here’s a deep dive into the weird world of sign-stealing (the Athletic, $$$)
Which is timely since the Brewers are now accusing the Dodgers of stealing signs (Sporting News)
Milwaukee also considers the debate over their pitching approach to be somewhat silly (Reviewing the Brew)
But they would be best served by not worrying about the past and focus on avoiding elimination (Journal Sentinel)
As we all just saw, the Red Sox offense is relentless and Hinch knew it all the way back in Spring Training (NESN)
An offense that was driven by strong, quality at-bats (Houston Chronicle)
It also helps that Boston has an all-time outfield (FanGraphs)