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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 9th, 2019

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

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Astros News

The Rays outplayed the Astros yesterday to force a Game 5 tomorrow at Minute Maid Park (
And it turned out that JV on short rest was not the magic bullet it was supposed to be, though he refused to blame it on that (
Even so, sending him out there for Game 4 was the right call for the Astros (Yahoo Sports)
Though he didn’t really have it on the mound, another lackluster performance by the offense was probably bigger issue yesterday (The Athletic, $$$)
But credit to the Rays for playing good baseball, especially this perfect play at the plate to stifle a mid-game rally (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
The Astros deployed a different look to their lineup to try and disrupt the Rays’ bullpenning plan (Houston Chronicle)
Even after a couple of terrible games at the Trop there’s a lot of reasons to be optimistic about Game 5 at MMP (Sporting News)
Including the fact that it will all come down to Cole on the mound (Bleacher Report)
Altuve is one homer away from topping Chase Utley for most by a second baseman in the postseason (Call to the Pen)
You may have noticed that FS1 surreptitiously switched their camera angle in the third innings last night thanks to some angry fans (Awful Announcing)

Around the League

I really hate this narrative that it’s so shocking that a 96-win team with some of the league’s best pitching has pushed the Astros to the brink in a short series (The Ringer)
After all, October is chaos for baseball (Sports Illustrated)
Which the Twins know all too well, but at least they can hang their hat on a 100-win season (ESPN)
Rob Manfred has informed the City of Oakland that the A’s could be on their way to Las Vegas if they can’t get their act together (MLB Trade Rumors)