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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 12th, 2019

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Astros News

Yesterday’s 6-3 win featured 3 strong innings from Peacock, who has emerged as the front-runner for the 5th rotation spot (Texas Sports Nation)
It also featured Josh Reddick running into a brick house 1st baseman, but everyone was ok (For the Win)
Altuve was not in the lineup for that game, though Hinch doesn’t seem overly concerned about his health (Astros.com)
Forrest Whitley’s journey to top pitching prospect has featured dropping 70 pounds and a Whataburger habit of epic proportions (Bleacher Report)
Speaking of pitching prospects, the Astros are pretty pleased with Reymin Guduan’s progress this Spring (Houston Chronicle)
Bregman’s contract was recently renewed in a process he referred to as “disappointing” (Call to the Pen)
Which some people consider little more than diplomatic whining (The Runner Sports)
But either way, it’s a sign of how unfair baseball’s salary structure has become (Forbes)
Check out this chart that shows how stable the Astros’ 2018 lineup was (Twitter)
Here’s a preview of how the Astros and White Sox will compare in 2019 (NBC Sports)

Around the League

Looks like Kershaw is on the mend as he was able to throw a pain-free 20-pitch bullpen (ESPN)
Could the Nationals actually be better this season without Bryce Harper? (The Ringer)
Speaking of unknowns, here are the 6 hardest to predict teams of 2019 (MLB.com)
At least as hard to predict as the hidden ball trick, which Miguel Cabrera pulled off flawlessly (NESN)
The Mariners will be without Kyle Seager to open the season as he recovers from hand surgery (Seattle Times)
The Yankees are probably gonna hit a ton of homers this year, but that usually doesn’t mean a World Series ring (Fancred Sports)