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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 5th, 2018

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Divisional Round - Colorado Rockies v Milwaukee Brewers - Game One
Milwaukee’s Best
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Astros News

The Astros have announced their 2018 ALDS Roster (
Which didn’t include Joe Smith, but some think he should factor in at some point this October (House of Houston)
Carlos Correa is optimistic that extra rest has given his back time to heal (Houston Chronicle)
If you’re looking for ALDS watch parties, some local establishments have you covered (ABC 13)
Though you may need this permission slip from the Astros if you’re a “responsible” adult (CUT4)
Especially if you want to participate in some of the things the Astros have planned for fans in the ALDS (Houston Chronicle)
Houston is poised to repeat with one of the best rotations it’s ever had (Houston Chronicle)
Here are 3 stats to watch as they attempt to do just that (The Athletic, subscription required)
Time says what we’re all thinking and declares the Astros a genius company for 2018 (Time Magazine)
Chris Correa gave an interview about what he was thinking by hacking the Astros’ database (Sports Illustrated)
LMJ also gave an interview, but in a less criminal empire sort of way (Sports 610 Radio)
Check out this awesome picture of MMP using only the names of every Astros player ever (ABC 13)

Around the League

The Dodgers stifled the Braves’ offense to take Game 1 (
Which surprisingly didn’t feature Kershaw as the starter, but he says he’s cool (ESPN)
Meanwhile, the Brewers grabbed Game 1 from the Rockies on a walk off (
Which will come in handy as they get ready to face the challenge of Coors Field (Fangraphs)
J.A. Happ will face off against Chris Sale in Game 1 of their division series (Sporting News)
Even though Chris Sale remains a question mark for Boston (Boston Herald)
Alex Cora may have cribbed some of his notes from the Astros (Boston Globe)
Will Trevor Bauer be Cleveland’s super reliever this postseason? (The Athletic, subscription required)
They may need it with some of the other concerns they have going into October (The Ringer)
Some writers got got together to predict the 2018 WS winner and were about half right (Sports Illustrated)
Some other writers did the same, but used brains more than hearts for their predictions (538 Sports)