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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 12th, 2019

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Astros News

I feel like the most succinct way to describe yesterday’s walk-off loss is “a real kick in the ass” (Astros.com)
It was also one of the biggest moneyline upsets in MLB history as the +420 underdog Orioles took the W (Yahoo Sports)
At least it was fun to watch Brantley circle the bases on a little league homer in the 9th (NBC Sports)
Here’s a deep dive on how Gerrit Cole has turned his game up to another level during a contract year (The Athletic, $$$)
AL Pitchers would do well to learn to fear the bat of Yordan Alvarez (The Runner Sports)
But let’s not get lost in individual performances this season, the real prize is another ring (Houston Sportsmap)
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Forrest Whitley could join the Astros before year’s end (Houston Chronicle)
Francis Martes’ visa issues are resolved and it looks like activation is right around the corner (Houston Chronicle)

Around the League

It’s been twenty-five years since the strike of ‘94 stole a postseason from baseball, and here’s the story on that bit of history (ESPN)
The Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough was pulled one out short of a complete game yesterday because of matchups, and he was not all that pleased about it (MLB.com)
It’s a brand new race in the AL Central as the Twins and Indians are all tied up (Cleveland.com)
Tim Tebow’s AAA season has come to an end after he suffered a hand injury (SNY)
Here are the best bad-ball hitters of 2019 (FanGraphs)
The Mets still have faith in Edwin Diaz in spite of a rather unfortunate 2019 season (Sporting News)
Jessica Mendoza was not on last night’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast due to a car accident (USA Today)