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Astros Crawfish Boil: May 12, 2018

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George Springer officially listed as Day-to-Day with a left elbow contusion -

The Astros are hoping for the best with Springer as the young outfielder has plenty of injury history. Additionally, the team desperately needs Springer in the lineup right now with the rest of the outfielders not getting it done from an offensive standpoint.

Four members of AAA Fresno will receive their World Series rings today - Houston Chronicle

While a couple of these guys should arguably be in the big leagues helping the Astros, at least they’ll be able to receive their rings tonight and reflect on fun times from 2017.

While Jose Altuve seems like a logical candidate for 3,000 hits, he’s just focused on taking things one step at a time - USA Today Sports

Many Astros fans check Altuve’s hits progress on a weekly or even daily basis, but these quotes from Altuve are far more humble and realistic about the difficult feat.

Justin Verlander was very effective on Friday night despite a lack of command and feel for his slider - Houston Chronicle

Despite a low whiff rate on his main off-speed pitch, Verlander was able to survive through six innings of one-run baseball last night.

MLB News

So far, MLB’s pace of play changes are only seeing mild results - FanGraphs

Despite all the debate and controversy, the rule changes implemented by Commissioner Manfred, while positively impacting pace of play, have only made very slight improvements.

Special moment in Pittsburgh last night as Andrew McCutchen returned - SBNation MLB

After nine seasons in a Pirates uniform, the Pittsburgh fans were all class when the former National League MVP stepped into the batter’s box for his first AB as a Giant in Pittsburgh.

Sean Doolittle may be baseball’s best reliever so far in 2018 -

All the buzz has certainly centered around young phenom Josh Hader this season, but the former Oakland A’s closer is finding himself again in our nation’s capital and producing big time results for an organization that has always needed more bullpen help.