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Astros Crawfish Boil: May 3, 2018

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A look back at how Lance McCullers Jr. dominated the Yankees with his curveball in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS - FanGraphs

Game 7 of last season’s ALCS will be remembered forever by Astros fans for many reasons, but McCullers helped build an unbelievable story for that game by ending it with 24 straight curveballs.

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch weighs in on Ken Giles’ decision to punch himself in the face after taking the loss on Tuesday night - Houston Chronicle

Everyone has an opinion of Ken Giles at this point, but it’s always interesting to hear from the Astros skipper as he obviously has a more interesting perspective on one of the weirdest Astros players in franchise history.

An interesting analysis of the Trevor Bauer-Astros spin rate controversy - History Earned

Here’s a more wholistic view of the Trevor Bauer controversy about putting foreign substances on baseballs to increase spin, including updates with articles from after the main tweet storm.

Despite feeling great, Dallas Keuchel has struggled to begin 2018 and his struggles may have to do with some bad luck - Houston Chronicle

With the rest of the Astros starting rotation locked in to begin the 2018 season, Dallas Keuchel has fallen behind recently and last night’s start certainly did not help him regain his former stature as one of the most feared Astros pitchers.

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The Mets feared the worst when Jacob DeGrom was removed from his start last night, but it appears DeGrom has avoided a serious injury - New York Times

After thinking that DeGrom may have suffered ligament damage in his elbow, the MRI results came back this morning and showed that there was no damage at all and that DeGrom’s elbow was fine. Looks like the Mets were being a bit too pre-cautious, or they need to re-assess their medical staff.

Astros nemesis Albert Pujols is now only two hits away from the 3,000 mark, but this milestone reminds us of the fall Pujols has taken from the player he once was - FanGraphs

Through multiple injuries and a sharp decline in performance, Albert Pujols has managed to finally find himself on the edge of the 3,000 hit club. This article takes a look back at a time when Pujols was a hitting machine.

Despite a rough start and multiple infield injuries, the Rangers will not be calling up top prospect Willie Calhoun anytime soon - Lone Star Ball

Many fans want the Rangers to become interesting by calling up Calhoun, but the front office remains steadfast in their approach to calling up one of their best young players.