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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 1st, 2019

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Astros News

The offense would waist a superb effort by Collin McHugh in the third game against the Rays (Houston Chronicle)
And the fourth wasn’t much better as the ‘stros dropped three straight on their way out of Tampa (Houston Chronicle)
Here are ten observations after the Astros’ first series of the year (The Athletic, $$$)
And here are five more (Houston Sportsmap)
A common theme this weekend was the offensive woes (House of Houston)
Gerrit Cole thinks players should push back on owners about their ridiculous arbitration belt contest (Houston Chronicle)
It was all Corpus in the Astros Future Series as the AA team swept the AAA one in two games (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

Here are some first impressions now that the opening weekend of the 2019 season is in the books (
And here are some very early advanced stats to get you going as well (Yahoo Sports)
Christian Yellich is on fire and has tied an MLB record with four homers in his first four games of 2019 (CBS Sports)
Former Astros farmhand Josh Hader threw an immaculate inning over the weekend, and here’s the list of all of them ever (
Alex Cora is defending the Red Sox’s plan after his rotation got slapped around in Seattle (ESPN)
One thing he won’t have to defend is the extension the Red Sox are working on for Xander Bogaerts (MLB Trade Rumors)