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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 2nd, 2019

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Astros News

Jake Kaplan of the Athletic takes a turn answering readers’ questions about the Astros (The Athletic, $$$)
MLBTR touches on his column while doing some quick hits from around baseball (MLB Trade Rumors)
Get yourself a golden ticket for a chance at season tickets for the Astros and other Houston sports teams (Houston Sports Awards)
Or maybe just enjoy this spray chart from all of Kyle Tucker’s MiLB hits (Twitter)

Around the League

The Yanks add infield depth by picking up Troy Tulowitzki (ESPN)
Expect to see these five trends defining the game in 2019 (Sports Illustrated)
Here are the strangest but truest feats of baseball in 2018 (The Athletic, $$$)
With Elias at the helm, the 2019 Orioles could end up looking like the 2012 Astros (Baltimore Baseball)
Max Scherzer has some crazy ideas about how to speed up pace of play in baseball (NBC Sports)
Though I saw it numerous times myself, I never realized how great of a pickoff move Andy Pettitte had (FanGraphs)
Speaking of pitchers, these six have something to prove next season (Sporting News)
MLB announcer Matt Vasgersian recently sat for a Q&A (
Ben Kouchnerkavich over at Purple Row pulled back the curtain on a problem that SB Nation writers have, and he ain’t lying (Purple Row)