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Astros Crawfish Boil: February 12th, 2019

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Astros News

Let’s have a look at the 2019 ZiPS projections for the Houston Astros (FanGraphs)
Which makes this a great time to look at those projections through the past few years (Astros County)
Here are the biggest questions still facing the Astros as they head into Spring Training (The Athletic, $$$)
McTaggart took a crack at one of those questions by predicting the Opening Day roster (
Which will include Michael Brantley, barring injury, so let’s review his bounce-back 2018 (MLB Video)
Gerrit Cole and the Astros have had their arbitration hearing (ESPN)
Verlander stirred the pot a little when he tweeted about the broken free agent system (Bleacher Report)
Here’s one Astros fan’s journey to acceptance of the DH (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Have a look at how these Astros players spent their offseason (Houston Chronicle)
Spring Training couldn’t come fast enough for Bregman’s farmer’s tan (Twitter)
Reddick had impeccable form as he sunk the Rocket’s “First Shot” (CUT4)
Joe Smith and his wife Allie LaForce will turn to IVF to start their family and try to avoid Huntington’s disease (Click2Houston)

Around the League

Kyler Murray has officially chosen the NFL over baseball (Forbes)
But the A’s haven’t given up on him just yet (MLB Trade Rumors)
They did re-sign Brett Anderson though, so I guess there’s that (
It looks as though the Giants will make a short-term offer to Bryce Harper (Sporting News)
But for the moment he’s part of baseball’s all-unemployed team, which would be a force all on its own (Wall Street Journal)
Here are the best-projected players in PECOTA history (Baseball Prospectus)
Garth Brooks will make his return to Spring Training baseball, this time with the Pirates (USA Today)