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The Crawfish Boil is Back: April 16, 2018

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Your #1 source for Houston Astros news and other MLB stories for Monday, April 16, 2018.

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Houston Astros News

Verlander brilliant on Sunday Night Baseball, but it just was not enough to outduel “Big Sexy” Bartolo Colon - MLB.com

Usually, the Astros will win a game where their ace throws 8 IP, only allows one earned run, and punches out eleven. Right now, for some reason, the bats just aren’t working.

Hits Remain Elusive for the Houston Astros - Houston Chronicle

So far in 2018, the Astros pitching has been elite while the offense just cannot seem to get it going after managing only two hits on Sunday night.

Astros 2017 2nd Round Pick Corbin Martin Starting Fast for Buies Creek - MiLB.com

Seems like the pitching is working at all levels right now for the Astros, as the organization’s #10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline has pitched very well so far in his first full professional season.

MLB News

The Cubs and Braves played a “bonkers” game on Saturday that probably should not have been played at all - Fangraphs

Bad weather, sloppy play, and some absolutely unfathomable win probability swings made for a crazy baseball game at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Angels are off to a hot start and their outlook for the 2018 season looks more promising by the day - Halos Heaven

With a healthy and lighter Albert Pujols, the greatest player in baseball Mike Trout, and rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani, the Angels are proving themselves in the American League landscape right now.

The Yankees are struggling right now, but their offense is certainly not the problem - Pinstripe Alley

After a tough series in Boston, many Yankees fans are beginning to ask questions. However, they should be focusing their concerns on the pitching staff and the bullpen at this point.

Looking forward to posting the Crawfish Boil every weekday for the remainder of the 2018 season. Let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions on other information to include in these articles.