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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 8th, 2019

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Divisional Series - Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Three Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

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Astros News

The Rays staved off elimination for at least another day as they slapped Greinke around to take Game 3 of the ALDS (Sports Radio 610)
But it wasn’t just Greinke as the bats didn’t deliver either in yesterday’s match (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
Anyone panicking about any aspect of the Astros right now needs to take a breath and bring it down a notch (Houston Sportsmap)
All it took was the Astros being in the only game on tonight to get a prime time spot (Houston Chronicle)
And it will certainly be prime time as Verlander takes the mound on short rest to face the Rays’ bullpen (Sports Illustrated)
And here’s why AJ decided to start him other than the fact that he’s one of the best pitchers on the planet right now (The Athletic, $$$)
No matter how you slice it though, JV on short rest is the right call for tonight (
And he’s just one of the keys to winning today’s game and clinching an ALCS berth (Click2Houston)
Cole is headed to free agency this offseason, but will he or Anthony Rendon draw the bigger contract? (MLB Trade Rumors)

Around the League

The Yankees await the winner of the Astros-Rays series after sweeping Minnesota out of the playoffs yesterday (
Did the Twins simply hit their ceiling at the wrong time in 2019? (The Ringer)
Mad Max feasted yesterday as the Nationals forced their NLDS back to LA for a decisive Game 5 (Federal Baseball)
The other NLDS will play 5 too as the Cardinals walked it off in the 10th to keep their season alive (Viva El Birdos)
And they did it thanks to Yadier Molina’s bat, who has a complicated resume when it comes to his Hall of Fame chances (Sporting News)
Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is not feeling the Braves’ Tomahawk Chop chant (AP News)
Dallas Keuchel is getting ready to head back to the free agency market where he’s hoping to have an easier go of it this season (MLB Trade Rumors)
Apropos of nothing, let’s take a look at the best and worst short rest starts in the playoffs (