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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 4th, 2019

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Astros News

Saturday’s game against the Mets got a little ugly, but the Astros managed to pull out a win (Amazin’ Avenue)
Verlander started that game, and you may have noticed him refining a new weapon in his pitch arsenal (Astros.com)
But don’t worry, he’s still got that filthy slider on tap (Twitter)
Bregman made his Spring debut in that game as well, and took a ball on the elbow for his efforts (ESPN)
Sundays game did not go quite as well with the Nats taking that one 4-2 (Federal Baseball)
But at least Cole and Chirinos were able to continue building their professional relationship (Houston Chronicle)
That game also saw Ryan Pressly and Hector Rondon appear for the first time in 2019 (Texas Sports Nation)
Correa was also in the lineup, though he’s trying to take it a little easy this Spring to avoid another injury-plagued season (Fox Sports)
Brantley is also making adjustments, though his are about getting used to his new team (Orlando Sentinel)
And he’s also giving Springer some tips on how to stay consistent (Astros.com)
After exiting his first start early, McHugh will skip his next one out of an abundance of caution (Houston Chronicle)
Don’t look now, but Brandon Bielak’s pitching stock is rising in the Astros’ farm system (Houston Chronicle)
Let’s go ahead and take a look at all of the Astros’ pitching now that we have a week of exhibition games behind us (Climbing Tal’s Hill)
Orbit decided to take a little time off from the rigors of Spring Training and hit up the Florida Panthers hockey game (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

The Phillies have formally introduced Bryce Harper (MLB Trade Rumors)
And he’s working out in camp, but will make his on-field debut this Saturday (MLB.com)
There’s already talk that in two years he could be joined by Mike Trout in Philadelphia... yikes (ESPN)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a big boy and he makes this one-handed double look easy (CUT4)
Let’s start overreacting to the short sample size of Spring Training (MLB.com)
Apparently The Sandlot will get a TV series with the original baseball cast and I’m not sure how to feel about that (CBS Sports)