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Astros Crawfish Boil: May 11th, 2019

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Astros News

It was vintage Verlander as the Astros blanked the Rangers 3-0 in last night’s victory (Houston Chronicle)
He was backed up by some stellar defense though, including this jaw-dropper from Correa (MLB Video)
Reddick also made a wall-pounding catch in a near-repeat of his heroics from game 1 (CUT4)
Unfortunately, the game would also see Altuve leave with hamstring discomfort after beating out an infield single (Astros.com)
The Astros are one the league’s true power teams, but there’s more to them than just swinging bats (CBS Sports)
Though it does turn out that they’re pretty stacked from the top to the bottom of the lineup (Texas Sports Nation)
Part of that is the acquisition of Michael Brantley, who has been cash-money for the Astros in 2019 (Baseball Essential)
Will Harris has been having a fantastic start to the season, and here’s the reason behind that sudden improvement (House of Houston)
Verlander will make his second start ever as a visitor to Comerica Park next week (The Detroit News)

Around the League

Mike Trout has adjusted his approach at the plate and is being rewarded with a skyrocketing BB/K rate (Sports Illustrated)
The Rays’ Tyler Glasnow, who has seemingly put it all together this season, was pulled from last night’s game with forearm tightness (MLB Trade Rumors)
Let’s have a look-see at how team defense is playing out across the league in 2019 (FanGraphs)
The fan who caught Pujol’s 2,000th RBI home run ball has had a change of heart and is now seeking to return it to him (ESPN)
Reds Ace Luis Castillo has started the season by beating all three of the teams that previously traded him away (USA Today)
Barry Zito is releasing a book on his time in the league and spiritual awakening (AP News)