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Astros Crawfish Boil: August 8th, 2019

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MLB: Colorado Rockies at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

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Astros News

The Astros completed the mini-sweep over the Rockies on the back of Yuli Gurriel’s record-tying night (
Which was part of what has been a perfect August so far for the team (The Sports Daily)
There’s no one as hot as Gurriel right now, except for maybe Nelson Cruz (ESPN)
Is Cole or Verlander more likely to take home some Cy Young hardware this year? (FOX Sports)
Ryan Pressly is back in Houston for evaluation and may be activated soon (Houston Chronicle)
Brad Peacock could also return to active duty soon, but will see time out of the bullpen when he does (Houston Chronicle)
Let’s take a closer look at the Astros’ nicknames for the upcoming Players Weekend (The Runner Sports)

Around the League

With juiced balls every park is a bandbox, so how are teams coping? (FanGraphs)
Speaking of baseballs, meet the man who harvests the mud that goes on every one of them before they’re used in a game (Sports Illustrated)
When it comes to new stats to master, where does Mike Trout go from here? (The Ringer)
The Cubs picked up Lucroy from the Angels’ discard pile, and feel lucky to have done so (
Speaking of discard piles, the Blue Jays have DFA’d David Paulino (MLB Trade Rumors)
Apparently it’s a mystery as to how baseball players, who exercise constantly and spend a lot of time taking care of their bodies, live longer than average (New York Times)