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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 30th, 2019

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Houston Astros v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Astros News

The second game of the season was not as much fun as the first with the Astros falling 4-2 to the Rays (Houston Chronicle)
And while it’s still very early, Diaz’s performance to start the season has highlighted what the infield lost this offseason (Houston Chronicle)
Which I’m sure makes people a little eager to see Correa’s projected Sunday return (
Springer wasn’t the first player with 3 consecutive Opening Day homers, but he is the first leadoff hitter (House of Houston)
The Astros are locked in on a mission that will not be easy (The Athletic, $$$)
And they’ll need these five players to step up if they’re going to accomplish it (Forbes)
We’ve seen a lot of Astros 2019 previews, so let’s check out a Minute Maid Park one (Ballpark Digest)

Around the League

In today’s edition of “How stupid can you get?” it turns out that MLB awards a toy belt to the team best able to suppress their arbitration salaries (CBS Sports)
And the MLBPA was predictably not happy about that little tidbit (ESPN)
Goldschmidt is getting off on the right foot for the Cardinals, belting three homers yesterday (
Speaking of feet, looks like Justin Upton will be out for 8 to 12 weeks with turf toe (MLB Trade Rumors)
The rise of technology is changing the very fabric of baseball (Sports Illustrated)
I mean, it’s even revolutionizing baseball broadcasts (FanGraphs)
And the numbers produced by those stats show that we might just be watching the best players ever (The Ringer)