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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 11th, 2019

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

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Astros News

It all went according to plan as the Astros overpowered the Rays on the mound and at the plate to clinch a spot in the ALCS (The Runner Sports)
It was pretty much over before it started with Cole pitching, who had an ALDS for the ages (
There are almost no words for how good Gerrit Cole has been this postseason (The Athletic, $$$)
And here’s how he went from being just a so-so starter to one of the best in the game (538 Sports)
It’s pretty clear at this point, when comparing Cole to $200M pitchers, that he’s going to cost a fortune in the offseason (MLB Trade Rumors)
The bats got off to a rousing start yesterday, and Glasnow thinks it’s because he may have been tipping pitches (
Here’s what the Astros stars had to say after their big win yesterday (FOX Sports)
The win was fun but now it’s on to the ALCS and a date with the big bad Yankees (Bleacher Report)
And while the Yankees looked good sweeping the Twins, can they stand up to Astros pitching? (The Ringer)
Let’s have a look-see at how the two teams compare position by position while we’re at it (
This moment of Altuve with his daughter after the game is everything (Twitter)

Around the League

While they may not pass out awards, here are the four DS MVP’s of our hearts (
Another postseason, another controversy with baseball-changing shenanigans (FanGraphs)
The NLCS gets underway tonight and here are three defining questions for the series (Sports Illustrated)
Padres’ prospect Jacob Nix was pinched by the fuzz after breaking into someone’s home through the doggy door (ESPN)
If MLB really wants to shorten games it can always consider going to 7 innings (The Hardball Times)