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Taking a look at the Houston Astros closer conundrum - Houston Chronicle

The Houston Astros closer issue, between Ken Giles, Brad Peacock, Chris Devenski, and Will Harris, certainly entered into the spotlight this week against the Yankees and not in a good way.

Lance McCullers Jr.’s Curveball rated as one of the best pitches in the AL West - MLB.com

Honestly I think it could be argued that McCullers’ curve is one of the best pitches in the MLB right now when used effectively, but one of our writers, Marshall Oelman, actually claims that McCullers is using his curveball too much right now.

After losing 3 of 4 to the Yankees, we need the voice of a rational fan - Houston Chronicle

Losing to New York hurts way more, but the Astros have shown multiple positive signs so far this season and must focus their attention on a tough stretch ahead, starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Time to make lineup changes to fix Astros offensive struggles? - Climbing Tal’s Hill

After reading the above “calm down” article from the Houston Chronicle, read this one for an alternate take about how the Astros should make adjustments to improve the offense.

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A look back at Ichiro’s career after one of the newest members of the 3,000 hit club announced his transition to a front office role with Mariners - FanGraphs

Although his agent mentioned the possibility of Ichiro suiting up for the 2019 Japan Series, Ichiro’s unbelievably successful baseball career is likely over.

The Rockies continued the tradition of making rookies get their coffee in Chicago - SBNation MLB

A fun rookie tradition continued this week in Wrigleyville

Young slugger Nomar Mazara of the Rangers is beginning to improve his offensive output against left-handed pitchers - Dallas Morning News

The Rangers do not have many fearsome hitters in their lineup these days, but Mazara is certainly an exception to that statement.