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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 4th, 2019

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros
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Astros News

Let’s kick it off with an ALDS preview for the Astros and Rays (FanGraphs)
And here’s what fans looking to attend the games should know (ABC 13)
This is a series that will include the modern-day murderers row in Houston’s lineup (The Ringer)
Especially considering that the Astros have one of the best postseason lineups ever assembled on paper (ESPN)
But paper means nothing when the rubber meets the road and the Astros have to face a damn good Rays pitching staff (The Athletic, $$$)
But still, Houston seems more than likely to prevail over the Rays (KHOU 11)
The Rays and the Astros are alike in their ability to draw the best out of their players (
Look no further than Gerrit Cole for proof of that, and he’s ready to play some October baseball (The Athletic, $$$)
Speaking of Cole, there’s a lot of hope that Houston can retain his services in 2020, but Crane is still non-committal on pursuing him and his cost (MLB Trade Rumors)
Either way, all the Astros’ aces are pumped to be playing in the postseason again (Click2Houston)
At least Alvarez is as he prepares for his first taste of playoff baseball (
Josh Reddick will have something to prove in the playoffs this year (The Runner Sports)
Hopefully he’ll be motivated after the arrival of his newborn twins this past week (Houston Chronicle)
Here are some sights from the Astros’ rally at City Hall yesterday (Houston Chronicle)
And here are 7 playoff watch parties you can attend if you’re so inclined (Click2Houston)
Apparently the Mets are interested in trading for AJ Hinch because of course they are (12UP)

Around the League

Here’s a full rundown of all the playoff matches happening today (
The Dodgers overpowered the Nats last night to take Game 1 of their NLDS (True Blue LA)
But that means all of nothing for the Dodgers, who are on a championship or bust path this year (Sports Illustrated)
Meanwhile, the Cards snuck by the Braves yesterday 7-6 after some late-game fireworks (Viva El Birdos)
And, once again, Ronald Acuna’s lack of hustle was a point of controversy (
Which became a topic of conversation in Atlanta’s clubhouse after the game (Sporting News)
The Braves also lost reliever Chris Martin last night, so not the best start to October for them (MLB Trade Rumors)