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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 3rd, 2018

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Wild Card Game - Colorado Rockies v Chicago Cubs
Get ready for Rocktober in the NL
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Astros News

ALDS starters announced for Houston and Cleveland (Houston Chronicle)
For trio of Astros relievers, ALDS brings familiar foes (The Athletic, subscription required)
The Case for Lance McCullers to be in the ALDS rotation (Houston Chronicle)
Why Myles Straw should be on the postseason roster (House of Houston)
Carlos Correa is Houston’s X-factor in October (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
2018 saw the Astros’ best regular season home attendance in over a decade (Houston Business Journal)
Chloe, after being unfairly scolded for cheering too loud, gets to meet the Astros (ABC 13)

Around the League

The Rockies eliminate the Cubs in 13 innings at Wrigley, advance to NLDS (MLB.com)
The future is now as the A’s will use an opener for the Wild Card game (MLB.com)
MLB announces schedule for first week of postseason (MLB.com)
Rating all the postseason teams (Fangraphs)
How each of MLB’s playoff teams compare in payroll vs. performance (Sporting News)
Relievers are more important than ever in October (538 Sports)
Silver linings for AL West teams who are sitting on the couch (MLB Trade Rumors)
Game 163s provide highest rating for an afternoon game on ESPN in 20 years (ESPN)
It’s been 40 years since Melissa Ludtke sued for and won access to an MLB clubhouse (Sports Illustrated)