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Astros Crawfish Boil: April 20th, 2019

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Astros News

It was a rout in Arlington as the Astros’ bats were popping off all night with hard-hit balls (Astros.com)
After a masterful demonstration last night, here’s Justin Verlander on the art of pitching with a big lead (Texas Sports Nation)
Michael Brantley is bringing more to the team than just a left-handed bat in the lineup (The Athletic, $$$)
Maybe he can help Tyler White sync up on fastballs, which he’s struggling with (Houston Chronicle)
Houston will stick with an extra position player for now as they enter a grueling part of the schedule (Houston Chronicle)
Peacock will slide back into the rotation as Monday’s starter against the Twins (Houston Chronicle)
As the Astros prepare to play in Mexico in the next couple of weeks, let’s profile the 8 Mexican players in the system (The Runner Sports)
The Fayetteville Woodpeckers had their inaugural game this past week (The Fayetteville Observer)

Around the League

Could Mookie Betts become available on the trade block if Boston keeps scuffling? (Sports Illustrated)
Christian Yelich is crushing records left and right with all the home runs he’s hitting this season (MLB.com)
NPR recently had a chat with the Baseball Brit about his American odyssey to see 162 games this year (NPR)
In baseball’s eternal tug-of-war between pitching and hitting, pitching is on the winning side at the moment (FanGraphs)
Justin Bour gave the perfect example of why you always run out a play (Sporting News)
It was a historic moment as #0 would face off against #0 for the first time in a MLB game (MLB.com)