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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 27th , 2019

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Astros News

The Astros close out Grapefruit League play with an 18-12 record after yesterday’s loss to the Pirates (Sports Radio 610)
Which provided one final chance for Houston to get a look at the young prospects (FOX Sports)
Speaking of, Corbin Martin impressed yesterday, but it wasn’t the first time he’s been on the Minute Maid mound (
Here’s a quick FAQ on the opening series against the Rays (
Which will be just lousy with Cy Young candidates (Houston Sportsmap)
The team will match up against Charlie Morton in Game 2, which Springer thinks will be quite amusing (Houston Chronicle)
And here are a couple of other things to watch for in that series (House of Houston)
Looks like Correa may miss the start of the season as he battles a stiff neck (ESPN)
Let’s have a look at the Astros’ contract situations as we start the 2019 season (Houston Chronicle)
Tony Kemp is going to be looking to to make the most of his Opening Day roster opportunity (Texas Sports Nation)
Alex Bregman is Anthony Rendon is Alex Bregman, except when they’re not (FanGraphs)
Who is this Nick Tanielu kid who’s tearing up Spring Training? (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Tyler White and Jake Marisnick went undercover at Academy (YouTube)

Around the League

Might as well get ready for tomorrow with a look at predictions for the 2019 season (ESPN)
If Boston wants to know how hard it is to repeat they can just ask the Astros, as can the rest of the AL (New York Times)
The Athletic has released their second annual survey of MLB players on a slew of topics (The Athletic, $$$)
Jacob deGrom is getting his extension, and deservedly so, with 4 years at $120.5 million (MLB Trade Rumors)
It’s official: Eloy Jimenez will start the year on the White Sox roster (
Spike Lee has just directed the latest Budweiser commercial, “Impact,” which looks at Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut (CNBC)
Motivational speaker Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson inspired his old H.S. baseball team from his car (CUT4)