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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 9th, 2018

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MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

Astros sweep aside the Indians to return for the ALCS for the second year in a row (MLB.com)
Thanks in big part to a suddenly potent George Springer returning to form (Houston Chronicle)
Not to mention a dominant pitching staff (The Athletic, $$$)
And also the small fact that the Astros are even better this year than last (SB Nation)
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Tony Kemp making his first-ever postseason start (MLB.com)
Bregman noted that the timing of the games for the defending world champs was a little odd (ABC 13)
But no matter what, they’re hungry for more (Yahoo Sports)

Around the League

The Dodgers roll the Braves over and head to the NLCS for the third straight year (True Blue LA)
Which they won partially thanks to a home run, though some people think may hurt more than help (Dodgers Way)
The Red Sox put their collective foot on the Yankees’ throat after a convincing 16-1 win (Over the Monster)
They also got to see the heroics of Brock Holt, who hit the first-ever postseason cycle (USA Today)
And the home run portion counts even if it came off the second position player to ever pitch in October (CUT4)
Yankees faithful turned on rookie manager Aaron Boone thanks to some questionable Game 3 moves (the Ringer)