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Astros Crawfish Boil: March 5th, 2019

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MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Houston Astros Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Astros News

It was the best of games as the Astros’ split squad beat the Braves 4-3 (Talking Chop)
It was the worst of games as the other side of the split would lose 7-4 to the Mets (Mets Merized)
Part of that “worst” label includes Reddick having to leave early after getting plunked on the hand (Houston Chronicle)
Though the big names in the lineup for the Mets game did provide some offensive spark (
Will Harris would make his first appearance of Spring in that one after a painful offseason (Houston Chronicle)
The Astros remain baseball’s team to beat in the 2019 season (Beyond the Box Score)
Part of that dominance should come from an elite bullpen that now features Ryan Pressly, who has always had “the stuff” (The Athletic, $$$)
So let’s preview them through the eyes of a division rival (Lookout Landing)
Let’s reflect on the first three weeks of camp with five observations (

Around the League

Bryce Harper jersey sales have set a record in their first 24 hours because of course they did (Sporting News)
And a day after talking about possibly luring Mike Trout to Philly, now we’re talking about a possible Mike Trout extension (
But for the moment I’m a little more interested what’s going on with a Dallas Keuchel signing (MLB Trade Rumors)
Dodgers fans are now cleared for a meltdown as Kershaw may not make his Opening Day start (ESPN)
Who’s the best baseball player in a dimension where home runs don’t count? (Beyond the Box Score)
Jack White is helping to restore a local Negro-league park in the city of Detroit (Rolling Stone)