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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 13th, 2018

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Official 2018 All-Star Voting

Astros News and Notes

Last Night: El Ose Bearhugs A’s, Astros Strangle Oakland 6-3
Rome: the Return of Ken Giles

The slider looked sharp last night - good news, considering the pitch looked like it had lost some life and his confidence in it was waning early in the season.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees, Astros in bidding war for Brad Hand?

No matter how good you think the bullpen is, I don’t think anybody would be against adding the Padres dominant southpaw. Article is light on information, but not far fetched - San Diego again has several enticing relievers to dangle, New York will certainly be looking to spend at the deadline, and this is not the first time the Astros have shown considerable interest in Brad Hand.

Rich Dauer set to coach alongside AJ Hinch in All-Star Game

Really cool story - will be great to see Dauer back alongside Hinch and hopefully a fare amount of Astros.

Astros Foundation and PGA Tour announce five year partnership for Houston Open

Jim Crane did good here - he gave the Houston Open (formerly Shell Houston Open) a much needed sponsor and moved the tournament into a crisper Fall season slot. It looks like the tournament will be returning to the Golf Club of Houston, but seeing contradictory info on that.

Bower: Even With Their Bullpen Performing At An Acceptable Level, Astros Could Still Use An Elite Arm

Around the League

White Sox release TJ House
MLB might be in golden era of crappy teams

Surprisingly, not because of tanking - there are just a bunch of garbage teams this year. I imagine the problem will only be amplified as more teams follow Astros rebuilding route - making it even more beneficial that the Astros tanked when they did. Again, ahead of the curve.

ESPN: He’s on pace to do what? Biggest surprises on MLB leaderboards
2018 AL Voting Update:

DH Voting: 1. J.D. Martinez (513,415) 2. Giancarlo Stanton (231,885) 3. Shohei Ohtani (218,981) 4. Evan Gattis (155,091) 5. Edwin Encarnacion (119,526)

NL All Star Voting Update:

Highlights

Johan Camargo has diving stop, tags runner at third, and guns it to first for double play
Luis Valbuena batflips a double, proceeds to get thrown out at second (apologies to Issa)

Also features a pretty nippy backhanded tag by Segura.

Billy Hamilton with the juke move
Mic’d Up: Terry Collins loses at an ump following Noah Syndergaard’s ejection

Pretty interesting to hear whats actually being said when umps and managers let lose at each other. Gained a bit more respect for the umps (and Terry honestly, that was a Goodfellas tirade) from this exchange.