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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 27, 2018

Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Monday, February 27, 2018.

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World Series - Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Seven
Justin Verlander made his first baseball appearance since hefting this trophy...and he lit the Astrosverse on fire.
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Please accept this writer’s humble apologies for the absence yesterday - the weekends are intentionally quiet while the staff spends time with their families, but weekdays should always at least have boiling pots of steaming freshwater cockroaches for you. Here’s your Crawfish Boil for Tuesday.

Let’s start off by continuing our shiny new “Tag’s Tweets” mini segment, shall we? Go follow Brian McTaggart on Twitter, if you don’t already, by clicking this blue button:

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Astros News

Verlander spotless in 4-K spring debut for Astros

Veteran righty feels ‘great’ after outing against Mets - and he looked phenomenal.

Astros rest Gurriel after report of sore wrist

The Astros rested the 33-year-old right-handed-hitting first baseman.

Astros’ Carlos Correa thinks he can get better, looking to take defense to next level

At just 23, Carlos Correa is already considered one of baseball’s best shortstops. He thinks he can get better, too.

A car having issues leaving the field provided one of the first slapstick moments of Spring Training

Cue the Benny Hill theme.

Top 27 Prospects: Houston Astros

In case you missed it, FanGraphs Prospect Guru Eric Longenhagen has posted his thoughts on the Astros farm system. Spoiler alert: it’s still really, really good.

Unnecessary Post: The Astros Look Amazing

Speaking of really, really good, Jeff Sullivan (also of FanGraphs) took this look on Friday at the Astros and how good they are.

Defining a Baseball Bust

One more piece about Mark Appel.

Astros fans catch glimpse of champions at spring training

PR pieces need love, too.

Astros offseason report: Club loaded, eyeing a repeat

USA today’s follow up to this piece was one about the wetness of water.

Astros hitters swing for comfort in batter’s box at Spring Training

The primary value in this piece that exists is in the embedded video.

Astros lead MLB teams with highest over/under at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

Title pretty much sums it up.

Poor outing aside, reliever Jacob Dorris an inspiration, says Astros manager A.J. Hinch

Jacob Dorris pitched poorly on Sunday, but he could be an inspiration to fellow Astros minor leaguers, manager A.J. Hinch said.

A right-handed side-arm reliever out of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Dorris worked his way from being an undrafted free agent to pitching in big league camp after three seasons.

Around The League

Logan Morrison, and the Twins’ Great Advantage

Another Jeff Sullivan piece, because he r gud.

Did We Get Free Agency All Wrong?

FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards takes a good look at the Free Agent market now that it has mostly taken shape.

Healthy amount of hitting talent still available

Speaking of the free agent market.

Ohtani drives in run, walks twice in hitting debut

Shohei him the money.

Cubs seek return to World Series in ‘18

Breaking: Baseball Teams Want to Win The World Series

Noah Syndergaard held a shirtless media session after a flame-throwing Spring Training debut

No word yet on whether he has let the fungus grow into his shower shoes.

Minor Leaguer Duarte mourns death of sister

A serious, sad piece from Richard Justice about White Sox minor league player Mikey Duarte and his family’s grief.