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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 7th, 2019

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Divisional Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

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Astros News

The Astros took Game 2 from the Rays on Saturday and reminded us that we are all but dust blowing through the ages (FanGraphs)
Oh, and that Gerrit Cole may just be the best pitcher in the game right now (ESPN)
But at least some of the credit for Cole’s historic performance goes to Martin Maldanado behind the plate (La Vida Baseball)
What’s truly scary is that Cole is just a third of the Astros’ dominant rotation (
Which includes Zack Greinke, who gave a rather concise pre-game interview yesterday (
The ALDS continues today, and here’s how to attend the watch parties at MMP if you’re so inclined (KHOU 11)
But if the Astros have their way it’ll be just the one watch party and then a little bit of time for rest and prep (
They’ll need to get through Charlie Morton first though, and a match up that has its fair share of intrigue (ESPN)
Kyle Tucker has turned it on in recent games, and that may have come thanks to a chat he had with AJ Hinch (Texas Sports Nation)
Here’s where the Astros stand concerning the luxury tax in 2020 (MLB Trade Rumors)

Around the League

The Braves stunned the Cardinals with three runs in the ninth yesterday to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS (Talking Chop)
Adam Wainwright shone in that one despite the loss and his age (Sports Illustrated)
Meanwhile the Dodgers poured it on late in order to take their own 2-1 lead in their DS against the Nats (True Blue LA)
But the truly amazing part is that the Dodgers scored 7 runs in the 6th during that game, and all of the run-scoring hits came after 0-2 counts with 2 outs (
All four Division Series could end today if the top seeds do their jobs on the road (AP News)
Charlie Morton’s career was saved by the rise of pitch design (The Athletic, $$$)
Yasmani Grandal is quietly making himself into one of the better free agents on the market (