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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 10th, 2019

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MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

Game 5 is tonight and the Astros are ready to meet the moment with Gerrit Cole on the mound (Astros.com)
So the question is whether the narrative of the scrappy underdog or the dominant ace will prevail (ESPN)
Here is what the numbers tell us about Game 5 (The Athletic, $$$)
Rays’ pitchers are just hoping they can continue to stifle the top of the Astros’ lineup tonight (Houston Chronicle)
The Astros were pretty happy with the bullpen performance in Game 4 and hope for more of the same going forward (Houston Chronicle)
This Montrose baker is doing her part by making lucky cakes for the Astros’ postseason (KHOU 11)
JJ Matijevic will be the Astros’ lone representative in the AFL Fall Stars game (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

The Cardinals beat the stuffing out of the Braves in the first inning yesterday to clinch their NLCS berth (Viva El Birdos)
And here’s a play-by-play index of the Braves’ season slowly being strangled (Sports Illustrated)
Astros legend Brian McCann announced after the game that he was hanging up his spikes (MLB Trade Rumors)
I present this locker room video as evidence that the Cardinals are quickly becoming the most unlikable team in the playoffs (Sporting News)
The Nationals gut-punched the Dodgers late last night and guaranteed that there will be a new NL representative in the World Series (Federal Baseball)
The tying run came off a pitch from Clayton Kershaw, who it seems may never exorcise his postseason demons (The Ringer)
Dave Roberts heard it from the fans last night after his bullpen plan went awry (Sporting News)
The Twins have exercised Nelson Cruz’s option for next season (MLB Trade Rumors)