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Astros Crawfish Boil: September 13th, 2019

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Astros News

The Astros lost just their second home series of the season as the A’s fended off a couple of late surges to take last night’s game (Houston Chronicle)
And the series loss could have possible ramifications on the Astros’ playoff picture (
But let’s ignore that and talk instead about how JV and Cole are the picture of old-school pitchers doing their thing in the age of analytics (USA Today)
We should also talk about how Verlander is sporting a ridiculously low .204 BABIP (The SIS Blog)
Alex Bregman will be the Astros’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award (Houston Chronicle)
Yuli made his triumphant return to the lineup last night and it looks as though Correa’s not too far away (
Are Jose Urquidy and Bryan Abreu playing themselves into consideration for October? (The Athletic, $$$)
Which begs the question of what the October bullpen could possibly look like (Texas Sports Nation, $$$)
AJ Hinch sat down to talk about his time as the Astros’ manager and his time at Stanford (Yahoo Sports)

Around the League

Mariners’ rookie and highly touted prospect Kyle Lewis has become the second player ever to hit home runs in each of his first three games (
It’s just another sign that home runs are on the rise, but is backspin a factor in that? (538 Sports)
It was a familiar refrain for Yankees fans as Gary Sanchez left yesterday’s game with a possible groin injury (MLB Trade Rumors)
Can the Marlins actually pull off a rebuild to become competitive again? (FanGraphs)
Shohei Ohtani is out for the rest of the season after having knee surgery (