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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 11th, 2019

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Astros News

It was a platinum sweep as the Astros downed the Yankees to make it a perfect 6-0 homestand (Houston Chronicle)
And a big part of that was Altuve’s two home runs yesterday, which you can see here (MLB Video)
Or was it the magic of Brent Strom’s 101-year-old mother-in-law throwing out the first pitch? (CUT4)
Bregman’s hammie injury is being described as “very minor,” so hopefully we see him back in the lineup soon (Houston Chronicle)
TCB covered Chirinos’ improved defense already, and here’s some of the work he’s putting in to get there (The Athletic, $$$)
Pitching was a bit of a question mark going into the offseason, but so far the boys in the rotation have stepped up (Texas Sports Nation)
It was National Sibling Day yesterday, so JV went and dug up this gem (Twitter)
In case you missed it, Weird Word Wednesday is back, and Blummer was Bumfiddlin’ in last night’s broadcast (Twitter)

Around the League

The Cardinals and Matt Carpenter have come to an agreement on a 2-year extension (MLB Trade Rumors)
Robot umps are on their way to the Atlantic League, but they’re still not quite ready (ESPN)
Mets rookie Pete Alonso is a big boy swinging a big bat just when they needed him (The Ringer)
Tommy Pham has been killing it so far this season, but can he repeat his 2017 performance all year? (Fangraphs)
Here’s each of the MLB managers ranked by how likely they are to get fired (Sports Illustrated)