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Astros Crawfish Boil: June 19th, 2019

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MLB: Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

Baseball is officially terrible as the Astros dropped their second straight game and the series to the Reds (Houston Chronicle)
So I choose to ignore that and instead focus on the fact that Altuve will be activated for tonight’s game (ABC 13)
Which comes just as Springer is preparing to go on a rehab assignment (Houston Chronicle)
The fear should be real for opposing pitchers when they face Yordan Àlvarez (Sports Illustrated)
It didn’t take long for the Astros’ top 2019 pick Korey Lee to tally his first professional hit (Houston Chronicle)
Houston was able to persuade their fourth pick Colin Barber to eschew his commitment to Portland and play pro ball (The Runner Sports)
The Astros are still trying to stay on the forefront of sports technology by looking out for the next big innovation (Houston Sportsmap)

Around the League

The Manny Machado suspension / umpire social media tantrum is officially blowing up into a big how-do-you-do (ESPN)
Meanwhile, in serious news, the White Sox will become the first MLB team to extend netting all the way to the foul poles (AP News)
Max Scherzer broke his nose while practicing bunting which I will innocently point out wouldn’t have happened with a universal DH (Sporting News)
Here are your top five most disappointing players of the 2019 season (Forbes)
The term “fortune favors the bold” turned out to be a big fat lie for the Cardinals (FanGraphs)
Here’s a fun little tool to see what kind of value you think a potential trade may hold (Baseball Trade Values)

Poll

Hey everyone, so on Monday I tossed up a poll about the future of Crawfish Boils on Saturday. I’d appreciate it if everyone who did not could head on over and vote so I can get an idea of what the community would like heading forward. I’m leaving it open all week and you can participate here (just scroll to the bottom). I appreciate every vote as it lets me know what you would most like to see. Thanks again!