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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 7th, 2018

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MLB: Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The man. The myth. The Marwin.

I can’t imagine this team without him - to me, he is the embodiment of this era of Astros baseball. His goofy antics, laid-back persona, and strong-silent style of leadership sums up the clubhouse atompshere pretty well. If you don’t follow him on Instagram/Snapchat, I’d suggest it - always nice to see a day in the life of Marwin.

Most importantly, he lives by adage “big time players step up in big games.” That’s all I gotta say:

Astros News and Notes

A lot of injury news, but most if its actually not too bad.

Lance McCullers unlikely to return before September, says AJ Hinch

Springer to DL with thumb injury; X-rays negative

Carlos Correa looks to return to Astros after stint with Class AA Corpus Christi

Jose Altuve progress has team doctors ‘very pleased’

Brian McCann makes first bullpen catching session since surgery

Roberto Osuna makes first appearance for Astros, gets win

Around the League

Corey Seager set to have surgery on left-hip

He was already out for the entirety of the 2018 season with Tommy John. Troubling news for LA’s young star.

Odor, Carpenter named players of the week

Rick Ankiel eyeing comeback as a reliever

ESPN: What MLB contenders must do to catch up to the front-runners

Mike Fiers traded to Oakland

The legend of Mikey Flames lives on. I know they’re in the division, but I’ve grown to like Oakland’s rag-tag bunch, especially now that they’ve acquired a former Astros legend. I’ll root for them over Seattle, that’s for sure.

Fangraphs: Juan Soto Looks Like the Best Teenage Hitter in History

The Ringer: The End of Baseball as We Know It

Part of a series on the downsides of baseball’s endless chase for efficiency. This one’s about the rampant rise of the ‘true three outcome’ phenomenon dominating the Major League - home runs, walks, and strikeouts.

Baseball Prospectus: What You Need to Know about the AL Wild Card Race