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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 3rd, 2019

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MLB: AL Wild Card-Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

It’ll be the Rays in the ALDS with the Astros and here’s a quick primer on what to expect (
The Astros have set the first three spots in their rotation, which will surprise no one, and have announced Correa’s return for Friday (ESPN)
But who has the edge at each position? (
Can Bregman carry the team all the way to another championship? (
He’ll have some help from Yuli Gurriel, who has quietly had another age-defying season (The Athletic, $$$)
Jim Crane has made it clear that, while the team would love to re-sign him, the luxury tax will be a factor for Gerrit Cole’s future in Houston (Bleacher Report)
Speaking of Cole, how much of a chance is there that he’ll share the Cy Young with Verlander? (Houston Sportsmap)
If Verlander does get part or all of the CY he’ll have to buy a steak dinner for his personal catcher, Robinson Chirinos (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
Reddick and Devo will be down at Houston City Hall this morning to rally the city around the Astros (ABC 13)

Around the League

The Rays overpowered the A’s right from the start to take yesterday’s WC match and a berth in the ALDS (
And old friend Charlie Morton made history as the first pitcher with three winner-take-all victories in the postseason (
Here are three takeaways from yet another October elimination for the A’s (Sporting News)
Will the Dodgers be sunk by a suspect relief corps this October? (The Ringer)
Speaking of bullpens, the Yankees have one of the best but can Aaron Boone properly deploy that weapon? (Sports Illustrated)
The A’s problems extend beyond the field as the City of Oakland is now suing Alameda County to prevent the sale of the Coliseum site to the team (MLB Trade Rumors)