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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 16th, 2019

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Astros News

Yesterday was a clean sweep of the Cards in split squad action, including an 11-2 beatdown (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
While the other game featured Altuve playing five innings and Forrest Whitley tossing 4 scoreless (Astros.com)
Not to mention some familiar antics from thin-skinned Angel Hernandez, who tossed Hinch after the first pitch to Springer (Yahoo Sports)
In addition to weighing in on Angel Hernandez’s terrible umpiring, Hinch also weighed in on the MLB rules changes (Texas Sports Nation)
While the 5th starter spot is still up in the air, it seems as though Peacock is staking his claim (Houston Chronicle)
Let’s have a look back at the 2019 offseason for the Astros (MLB Trade Rumors)
Here are three X-factors for the upcoming Astros’ season (Clutch Points)
The clock is starting to run low on Francis Martes’ chance with the Astros (Call to the Pen)
Here’s the story of the crime and punishment of Astros pitcher Mark Lemongello (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

Though on the mend, it looks like Kershaw won’t be making his customary Opening Day start (ESPN)
Nor will Severino for the Yankees, as he appears to be out until May (New York Post)
Maybe there wouldn’t be such a problem with free agents not getting paid if they weren’t little more than slave labor in the minors (The Athletic, $$$)
Would it be a better world if the National League used the DH? (538 Sports)
Yasiel Puig is moving on from the Dodgers and embracing his inner-Red now that he’s in Cincinnati (Sports Illustrated)
For all of its hullabaloo, the pitch clock is not making much of a difference this spring (FanGraphs)