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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 4th, 2018

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MLB: AL Wild Card-Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
The Evil Empire rolls on
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Astros News

The Astros hosted a playoff rally in downtown Houston (MLB.com)
Alex Bregman was nominated for the Hank Aaron Award, you should go vote for him (MLB.com)
You should also check out this interview he did talking playoff baseball (Fox Sports Radio)
This might just be the last year we see Dallas Keuchel in an Astros uniform, let’s appreciate it (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Now seems like a good time to review the Houston-Cleveland all-time series (NBC 2)
Will Rondon make the playoff roster? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
If the nerds have their way it’ll be a Dodgers vs Astros rematch in the World Series (USA Today)
But before that, Boston and Houston are favored to meet in the ALCS this year (International Business Times)
Lance McCullers Jr. celebrated his 25th birthday at a Drake concert with some pals (ABC 13)

Around the League

Yankees pummeled the A’s in the WC Game to move on to ALDS against Boston (MLB.com)
But that doesn’t mean Oakland’s season has been a failure (Fansided)
The Brewers have announced that they will go with a bullpen day for Game 1 of the NLDS (ESPN)
MLB hands down a 40-game suspension for the Cubs’ Addison Russell (Houston Chronicle)
MLB Pipeline has updated their top 100 list of prospects (MLB.com)
Which playoff-bound bullpen is the most tired heading into October? (The Athletic, subscription required)
If you thought the Cubs were the next big dynasty, I’ve got some news for you (Fangraphs)
2019’s qualifying offer will be valued at $17.9 million (MLB Trade Rumors)
The Orioles part ways with Buck Showalter and Dan Duqette (ESPN)
Noah Syndergaard got a small trim of his famous locks for a TV cameo (CUT4)